16 August 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Drizzling + dull in morning

Saw some town cases + was called about 11.30 to see Mrs Cowan junr, Dryden Cottage1. She was baking at 11 when the liq. am.2 broke + the baby came at 12.15 before I arrived3. Walked down to Hospital where there is only one case viz. Christine Brown4 (Scarlet5) + Gibson + Lumgair6. Elizth Mitchell7 came down from Henderland to see me. Mrs Mack8 with Erskine9 took Helen10 + Peter11 to Edinburgh.

1 Matilda Latimer Cowan née Dalgleish, wife of Angus Barton Cowan, ploughman; they had married 25 August 1921 at Edinburgh, at which time Matilda was staying at Chapel-on-Leader, Earlston [marriage: 1921 685/4 1037 St Giles].

2 The amniotic fluid, Latin liquor amnii.

3 Andrew Cowan was born 16 August 1922 at Dryden Cottage, Ashkirk [birth: 1922 773/B 4 Ashkirk].

4 Christine Brown is unidentified.

5 There had been a prolonged outbreak of Diphtheria and Scarlet fever in Selkirk but it seems to be nearing its end by August 1922.

6 Gibson & Lumgair Ltd., woollen textile manufacturer, at St Mary’s Mill, Selkirk.

7 Elizabeth Mitchell, Henderland is unidentified, though Eliza Dalgleish Mitchell (1896-1966), daughter of James Mitchell senior and Margaret Mitchell née Mitchell was at Henderland, Megget, with her family in the 1911 Census.

8 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk.

9 James ‘Erskine’ Harper (1887-1953), barrister, son of Ebenezer Erskine Harper, sheriff substitute, and Agnes Harper née Watson and brother of Agnes Durnford née Harper.

10 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper.

11 Peter Allan [sic], evidently a charge of Dora’s, is Peter Muir Spurgeon Allen (1914-2005), who was at Thorncroft, Selkirk, aged 7, in the 1921 Census [taken 19 June 1921], born 4 June 1914, Chorlton [Lancashire], the son of the Reverend Willoughby Charles Allen and Catherine Ellen Allen née Green; a head teacher (retired), he died 16 February 2005 at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, usual residence Hope Cottage, Stenton, Dunbar, East Lothian.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

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Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

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