3 December 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Complete contrast to yesterday + not a ray of sunshine all day, but calm + mild. Gave Mrs Douglas, Chapel Street1 her second dose of vaccine2: saw Tom Murray, Rosemount,3 who was sinking. Cycled down Forest Road + on to Nest + Caddonfoot. Went to evening service. Jack, Nancy4 + Mrs Mack5 came to supper. Saw Tom Murray before church.

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 Thomas Murray (1866-1922), woollen pattern weaver, in the 1911 Census he was recorded as head of household at 3 Tower Terrace, Selkirk with his mother aet 70 and sisters Lizzie, 40 and Maggie, 30.

4 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter.

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

[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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