I had brighter: a nice clean sharp day N.W. + drying. Helen1 went to town with the 8 train. There was a case of T + A2 at Viewfield.3 I had almost nothing in the town but Tom Murray4 to whom I told his true condition. Cycled to Woll Rigg returning via Hartwoodmyres.5 It is 6.6 to Woll Rigg via Ashkirk + 6.35 via Hartwoodmyres.6 Called at the nurses house in the Green that has been gifted by Mr Armstrong.7 Ian McDonald8 got hurt at football + I gave him gas at Viewfield to examine his knee.
1 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper.
2 Tonsils and Adenoids.
3 Viewfield nursing home, the Muir & Graham medical practice’s property.
4 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.
5 Dr Muir was more or less reversing part of a ride he did on 8 November 1922 but this time, travelling clockwise, he has climbed from Ashkirk past Woll Rigg headed towards Hartwoodmyres.
6 Dr Muir had at least one velometer, which explains the precise distances he records.
On 30 June 2019 Dr Muir noted “I have no Velometer for a 28 inch wheel”. The editor suggested at the time that it was a reasonable proposition that wheel size was a consideration in the accurate measurement of distance travelled pre-GPS, presuming that it counted rotations, and that the difference in wheel size would thus have rendered Dr Muir’s device unusable on his new bike. ‘Canadian Cycling’, 15 November 2018, helpfully describes the Veeder Cyclometer (made at Hartford, Connecticut), the one that Dr Muir used, and confirms that the operating principle was wheel revolutions [see also diary entry for 21 July 1919].
7 William Armstrong, a native of Selkirk but otherwise unidentified, gifted, in memory of his wife, a house on the Green, Selkirk to Selkirk Town Council for the use of the Queen Victoria Jubilee Institute for Nurses [reported at annual meeting, see ‘Selkirk Nurse Annual Meeting of Victoria Jubilee Institute’ in Southern Reporter, 7 December 1922]
8 Ian McDonald is unidentified, though an Ian Macdonald is recorded at Caddonfoot in the 1911 Census who was allegedly born at Stow about 1906.
[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]