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

Strong N.W.W. [sic] wind dry. Sunny morning, dull after. Letter from H [Helen Muir]. Wrote her. Left after 10 + cycled via Kildrochet to Soulseat Loch and Castle Kennedy1. The latter is the finest demesne I have ever seen. The fine old castle stands on a height between the White & Black Lochs. The grounds are magnificent + the Earl of Stair’s modern house The Inch very fine2. Splendid display of water lillies [sic] yellow, white + red. Got back at 4 + had tea + a couple of eggs. Called on Dr Matthews but again he was out.

1 Kildrochet, grid reference NGR NX079,562, Soulseat Loch, NX100,589 and Castle Kennedy, centred around NX109,613

2 The Inch (Gaelic innis) refers to Inch Island [sic] in the White Loch and also to the church to its west, while the ‘modern’ Lochinch Castle is the mid-19th century Scottish Baronial style house to the north of the White Loch – see Ordnance Survey 6″ Wigtownshire Sheet XII.SW, published 1896 https://maps.nls.uk/view/75679548/

[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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