26 November 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another fine day Some rain + sleet this morning but fair after : cold : sunless N.E. to N. Some snow on Newark Hill. Gave Mrs Geo. Douglas, Chapel Street1, with first [?] of an autogenous vaccine2 Went Opened Tonsillar abscess for Rob. Beattie, Kirkwynd.3 Went to morning Service. Called for Central Fund.4 Lunched at Elmpark.5 Supped at Wellwood.6

1 Assume Georgina Douglas née Henderson (1883-1924) of 19 Chapel Street, Selkirk, wife of George Douglas, woollen mill worker, married 14 November 1913 at Selkirk.

2 Autogenous vaccines were introduced in the early twentieth century working on the principle of stimulating an individual’s own immune system to protect against an infectious pathogen.

3 Assume Robert Beattie (1867–1952), labourer and tenant at 39 Kirk Wynd, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/160, Selkirk Burgh, page 160 of 644]; born 15 April 1867 at Hope Park, Wilton, died 12 June 1952, aged 85, at 37 Kirkwynd, Selkirk, woollen millworker, previously a general labourer, son of Henry Scott Anderson Beattie, framework knitter, sometime stockingmaker, and Isabella Beattie née Turnbull, married 15 June 1860 at Ladhope [Galashiels], Robert had married 28 April 1905 at Bridge Street, Philiphaugh, Selkirk, Helen Symington (1880-1968), powerloom weaver.

4 The Editor cannot readily identify any references to the mooted Central Fund in the 1920s.

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

6 Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, home of the Roberts family.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

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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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