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

Same fine weather: dry N.E. + a good deal of sunshine. Did no cycling. Wrote David [Graham, co-partner] + sent a P.C. to Helen [Muir] asking for the S.R. [Southern Reporter] + a [Selkirk] Bannock1. Paid Straiton the tailor for putting hip pockets in my [cycling] knickers + breeches. Got ‘Redgauntlet’ from the Library. Had a walk to Carscreuch Castle 21/2 miles away + read the Scotsman2. Picked a bunch of Orchis mascula + [maculata?] + Habenaria viridis. Had tea at 3 + at 4 strolled out to the heights S of the village + sat in the shelter of a wood + read. The views over the mouth of the Luce [river] to the Mull [of Galloway] were very fine. Went to bed at 10.

1 Evidence of how much Selkirk had adopted Dr Muir when he orders, while on his holiday and at a distance, the local paper the ‘Southern’ and Selkirk’s famous leavened tea bread

2 Carscreuch Castle, approximate grid reference NGR NX222,599

[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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