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


Lovely morning + clearer than it has been all my stay. Paid Scotsman + for books I had from the Library. Then, taking the Scotsman, I walked out the road by Barlockhart to Sinniness1 where I got a seat behind a rock + sat for more than an hour reading + smoking. I saw the W end of the Isle on Man but the most of it was cloud capped. I couldn’t distinguish the Irish Coast. About 2 it got darker + threatened rain so I came down to Stair Haven2 + home that way to a tea which I enjoyed my indigestion having gone. Completed my packing. Dined at 7.30. It doesn’t look well for tomorrow.

1 Barlockhart (area); the road goes through grid reference NGR 212,554 and presumably Castle Sinniness, NX215,531 but possibly Laigh Sinniness further south, NX216,524

2 Stairhaven, NX209,536

[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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