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

Meant to rise at 6.30 but got up by mistake at 5.30. Left a little before 7 + ran to Stranraer. Could not recall in the slightest any part of the road Baptie + I had gone in the tricar1. It was a dull day but nice. Morning with the usual N.E. wind. Breakfasted at the King’s Arms where I got my thermos filled with tea. Got new blocks in the back brakes. Called for Mrs Fleming (Fairleigh Davidson2) who lives near the station at 20 Victoria Place3. Her husband is a railway porter + owns his house. Fairleigh knew me quite well + we had a pleasant crack. Back in the town I bought some lunch + a “Herald” + ran along the shore of Loch Ryan to Kirkcolm, a rather uninteresting village. Thence I went part of the road to Corsewall lighthouse [Corsewall Point] but turned back by a side road at a place where luckily there were some trees. I got a heavy but very localised shower. Going southwards I came to Lochnaw + went through the grounds getting a fine view of the Loch + Castle4. Then I ran to near Portpatrick + round by Stoneykirk, after which at the R.A.F. station5 I took a wrong turning + got back to within 31/2 miles of Stranraer. Got home about 6.45 having run 53:85 54:25 [miles]. Bath + dinner + a crack with an Australian N.C.O. whose company commander was a brother of [Dr] Hiddleston.

1 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), Dr Muir’s driver

2 Agnes Fairley Drysdale Davidson (1865-1951), born Alloa, Clackmannanshire, married James Fleming, November 1893 at Ontario, Canada, though by 1907 they were at Victoria Place, Inch (Stranraer) where he worked as a railway porter; the connection with Dr Muir is not obvious

3 Victoria Place is the extension of Lochryan Street at the back of Clenoch Hospital, see Wigtownshire Sheet XVII.NE, published 1909 https://maps.nls.uk/view/75679632/

4 At grid reference NGR NW992,629

5 RAF Luce Bay / RAF West Freugh / RNAS Luce Bay / West Freugh Aerodrome (1915-2002), approximately centred on grid reference NGR NX108,546

[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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