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

The first rain since I came here (except the shower I got at Carsewell on the 3rd). It rained pretty steadily till 12 + there was nothing but a slight drizzle after that. I left between about one + went rapidly to Stranraer. Saw a pale pink Lychnis among a lot of ordinary red ones1. Took my bike to a repair shop + left it to get the speed wire mended. Strolled down to the shore + read the Scotsman. Bought some cakes + ate them. Left at 4.30 came back by Glenluce New Luce, rather a pretty glen going up2. Feeling some indigestion at night + took a nip of whisky. A man came in for tea who turned out to be a brother in law of Walt. Inglis who, he tells me, is holidaying in Dailly3.

1 Assume Lychnis viscaria or Sticky Catchfly, described today as a “local priority species” by the South West Scotland Environmental Information Centre (SWSEIC)

2 If Dr Muir has not cycled up and back the same way (and he has not phrased it like that) then presumably he went up via Braid Fell and down the Main Water of Luce or he simply made a shortish loop taking in Auchmantle on the way up to New Luce, and Galdenoch coming down, on his way home

3 Dailly, South Ayrshire, ENE of Girvan

[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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