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

A charming day + just about the proper temperature. At night there was a cloudless sky. Still E. Saw 10 town cases. Wrote Jean [Muir] from whom I had a letter. Dora + Helen [Muir] left at 8.13 for Edinburgh + we breakfasted at 7.30. Made out form for Petrol Rebate + sent request for Factory locum. Took spats1 to Johnstone’s for repairs. Ordered Scotsman for Buttermere. Brought a dozen Swan Vestas. Helen returned at 7.30. Mrs McIntosh2 was in Edinburgh. Vaccinated3 Cath Smith4 + Getty Craig Brown5.

1 Spats similar to gaiters but generally smaller, lighter and often ‘dressier’

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

3 At this time it seems probable that this was diphtheria toxin-antitoxin mixture (TAT) but the Editor would be pleased to be corrected

4 Assume Catherine Adam ‘Cath’ Smith (1874-1929)

5 Gertrude Isabella ‘Gerty’ Craig Brown (1873-1965)

[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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