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

A delightful day. Cycled to Fairnilee: all the 8 vaccines I did have taken. Saw Kirkwood at the Lodge + went on to Faldonside. Poor Jessie2 is very lonely + I advised her to have a change. She thinks of going to Rodono. Had a big night vaccinating from 6 til 9 = 42 people of whom 15 were insured. Late I had to assist assist Dav. [Graham] at Mrs Keddie [?]2 confinement. It turned out to be a Batrachian4 monster. Most perfect night + [illegible]. The Swift

1 Kirkwood was 27 and 31 Forest Road, Selkirk, occupied by the Dobson family so Dr Muir is describing the family by its residence

2 Jessie Milne Brack Boyd (1867-1961), of Faldonside, plantswoman and gardener; her connection with Rodono (Ettrick) is not known

3 Not identified, the Editor reads the surname as Keddie

4 The Editor read this as Batrachian – amphibian – and an expert reader kindly confirmed this and supplied the following information here

[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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