5 June 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A dry day with very sharp N.E. wind. Saw a few town cases + then, as Dav. was busy getting things ready for the operation on Andrew Riddell tomorrow, I did Lilliesleaf. Left at 1.40 + went to Kirklea1 where I Vaccinated Madge2 + the cook: then to Lilliesleaf calling at Elliot’s3 + Woodger’s4: at House [?] Vaccinated 33 mostly kids + at the Manse Lynn + Cook. It was after 4 before I got away + I went on to Bewlie Mains5 + took my tea in a warm nook. Got home at 6 + did 16 Vaccinations. Got down to Mauldsheugh for dinner at 8.25. Scott Skirving6 there.

1 Kirklea, Ashkirk, home of William Henry ‘W H’ Ogilvie (1869-1963), poet, author, journalist and one of Australia’s great Bush poets

2 Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Ogilvie née Scott Anderson (1879-1965), wife of W H Ogilvie

3 There are too many Elliots in Lilliesleaf to be able to identify anyone with confidence

4 Assume Mark Sprot Woodger, see diary for 26 May 1920

5 Bewlie Mains, Lilliesleaf, grid reference NGR NT551,254

6 Archibald Adam Scott Skirving (1869-1930), M.B., C.M., lecturer in Clinical Surgery, Royal Edinburgh Infirmary – see diary entry for 6 June 1920

[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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