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

The strong N.W. gale continued + there were some drizzling showers. Did not breakfast till after 9. Took a short run to Altacry, Old Mochrum Place, Craighlaw + home by main road1. Very pretty up Alticry Burn. Discovered that Mochrum belongs to the Marquess of Bute + not as I thought Sir H Maxwell2. Saw several shags along the shore + a crowd of gulls – mostly Blackheaded – feeding on something that was being churned up by the waves. Went to evening service in the U.F. Church. Very few there. Took a stroll after up the road that runs past the Bowling Green3. The wind had rather fallen + it was rather pleasant. Commenced to do my re-packing. Had high tea at 4.30 + took nothing after. My run today was 25.15 [miles].

1 Alticry Burn, which crosses the coast road at grid reference NGR NX272,497, Old Place of Mochrum, NX307,540 and Craighlaw, NX307,612; Dr Muir appears to have made the trip anti-clockwise and joined what is now the A75 just north of Craighlaw

2 The Editor assumes that Dr Muir is referring to Sir Herbert Eustace Maxwell, 7th Baronet (1845-1937), PC, JP, DL, FRS, Scottish author, antiquarian, horticulturalist and Conservative M.P.

3 The bowling green is on the south side of the Lady Burn, off Bankfield Road on the south side of Glenluce, and visible on the 25 inch Ordnance Survey Wigtownshire Sheet XIX.5, published 1908 https://maps.nls.uk/view/82908480/

[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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