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

Said Adieu to Glenluce + the Commercial Hotel where I have been very comfortable. The bill came to £7 6 9 with 3/- to the maid + 2 /- to the cooks1. left by 9.59 for Newton Stewart sending my box [?]valise and kitbag to Dumfries. It was a perfect day with a W. wind which suited me. Had a lovely run to N Galloway. The rugged hills looked their best and the purple of the Bell Heather marvellous. Parts of the road were fearfully rough. Stopped at the Dee + had a smoke under the bridge2. After Clatteringshaws3 the road was very rough almost to N Galloway where I had a glass of beer, biscuits + cheese. A bit after Balmaclellan4 my back tyre got soft + about a mile + half [sic] from Corsock5 collapsed. I went to a farm house + mended two holes but it was no good so I walked to Corsock where a blacksmith imagined he could put it right + stuck on another patch which only held about 3 miles + I rode on the rim to Crocketford6 where I ‘phoned Macdonald7 + got him to send a motor. It was most sickening + spoiled my run. It was nearly 8 when I reached Macdonald’s. Got a merry welcome + dinner. Two of McD’s sisters were there, one of whom sang very nicely. My run was about 35 [miles] + the motor cost 16/- [shillings].

1 Dr Muir has given a tip of about 3.4% to the, presumably female, staff at the Commercial Hotel

2 Dr Muir stopped at the Dee for a smoke but presumably, given his route, under the Threave Bridge, grid reference NGR NX737,603, rather than the Old Bridge of Dee which is no distance but would have constituted a diversion, see Ordnance Survey 6 inch Kirkcudbrightshire Sheet XLII.SE, published 1910 https://maps.nls.uk/view/75634377/

3 Clatteringshaws, grid reference NGR NX551,762

4 Balmaclellan, NX653,791

5 Corsock, NX758,764

6 Crocketford or Ninemile Bar, NX831,728

7 James C R Macdonald, a friend of Dr Muir, married to Catherine Macdonald and living at 1 Newall Terrace, Dumfries, and a Writer to the Signet of Symons & Macdonald, 84 Irish Street, Dumfries

[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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