21 May 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Sunny morning like so many this Spring but a very cold S.W. wind + cloudy most of the day. Dust flying: a few drops of rain. Cycled to Fairnilee + vaccinated A F + Mrs R1 + did servants. Came back by Gib. & Lumgair [Gibson & Lumgair]: Heatherlie, Glebe &c. Saw Miss Dunn after lunch. Met Bartie2 at Viewfield about the drains. As I might have foreseen it is going to be a much bigger affair than I anticipated. Free vaccination3 started tonight + I did 10 private + 3 insured [patients].

1 Assume Alexander Fowler Roberts (1844-1929), woollen manufacturer, and Elizabeth ‘Eliza’ William Roberts née Paterson

2 Assume James Bartie, County Surveyor & Sanitary Inspector

3 It is nowhere stated but the most likely vaccination here must be for Smallpox, though it seems a little late for a mass vaccination programme; it cannot be (notwithstanding here) BCG vaccine (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine) in the UK at this date c.f. Vaccine_Timeline_2019.pdf here nor vaccination for pertussis (Whooping cough)

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

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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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