15 October 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

First distinct frost : grass + slopes white with hoar frost. Lovely calm sunny day. Neither the roses (which are still very firm), the Sweet Peas or Chrysanthemums were injured. I didn’t get to forenoon service as David1 was late of coming up to go with me to see Ed. Henderson’s baby Goslaw Green with Meningitis.2 We we [sic] went along a 2nd time + Dav. did a lumbar puncture. I saw it again at night. Helen3 + I supped at Wellwood.4 Mrs Mack5 was there.

1 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., Ch.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner.

2 Agnes Henderson died 17 October 1922 at 4 Goslaw Green, Selkirk, aged 1 year 5 months, of “Meningitis 10 days” certified by John S Muir “M.B. +c”; her parents were Edward Henderson, foreman woollen spinner, and Mary Elizabeth Henderson nee Murray.

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

4 Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, home of the Roberts family.

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

[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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