30 January 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Still remarkably mild but there was a good deal of agreeable rain. Helen1 pulled in the garden, Yellow jessamine, winter aconite, hepatica, snow drops and primula.2 Mrs Mack3 has a slight touch of flu. Saw her twice. Gave Chlor[oform] at the Home for a boy with osteo myelitis of his femur.4 Saw about a dozen town cases. One a Mrs Nicholson, Ettrick Terrace, very mad.5 Good many accounts being paid.

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

2 Yellow Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens), Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis), Hepatica (Hepatica nobilis, also Liverwort, Kidneywort or Pennywort), Snow Drops (Galanthus) and Primula.

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

4 Osteomyelitis is a bone infection.

5 Mrs Nicholson probably refers to Isabella Nicholson née Smith (1886-1966), married 1812 at Galashiels and living at Ettrick Terrace, 1921 Census.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/26, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1923]

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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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