1 July 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Rose at 3 had cup of tea + left in Swift at 4.15. It was a dull morning + a N.E. wind but the sun came out when we reached Moffat + the day was very fair. With yesterday’s rain the roads were in perfect order. We got to Moffat 6. + Dumfries 6.58 so decided to go on to Castle Douglas for breakfast. Called for Mrs McGill at Springholm1 + saw her son + Mrs Miller her daughter. That lost us nearly half an hour + with 10 minutes to put on the Stepney2 it was 9.22 when we got to Castle Douglas. 73 miles in 4 hours 7 minutes + deducting 38 minutes for stoppages it was almost 24 m.p.h., very good for the old Swift. Had a fine run to Glenluce which I reached about 3.30. Called for [illegible] + tried to find Dirk Hatteraick’s Cove but failed3. We had the pleasure, just beyond St Ann’s Bridge4, to see a Roebuck which cleared a wire fence most beautifully. Had a good hot bath + some supper + a stroll with a commercial traveller called Nelson who hails from Bladnoch5. 50 miles.

1 Springholm, Dumfries & Galloway, between Dumfries and Castle Douglas

2 A Stepney spare wheel was a proprietary solution to the problem that early cars did not have a spare tyre or wheel

3 Torrs Cave or Dirk Hatteraick’s Cave, Canmore ID63984, grid reference NGR NX 676,445, Kirkcudbright Parish, Stewartry, Dumfries & Galloway

4 St Ann’s Bridge, the Kinnel Water, Johnstone Parish, Dumfries & Galloway, grid reference NGR NY068,933

5 Bladnoch, Dumfries & Galloway, sits astride the River Bladnoch immediately south west of Wigtown

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

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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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