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

What with a glass of beer at N Galloway, a W & S [whisky and soda] at Crocketford + two after reaching Macdonald’s1 I had a very stiff back this morning. However I had a good sleep, a nice warm bath + felt alright after breakfast. Macdonald took me to his club (D&G2) + I had to get a new tube in my rear tyre. Then I cycled away via Lochar Bridge3 + Amisfield4 to Shieldhill Station5 + over the Tinwald Downs + climbed the highest (818)6 from which I had the most magnificent view from Criffel7 to Kells [?] + Leadhills, Inner…[?], Moffat Hills, Ettrick feus, Cumberland Hills + Solway Firth again. Got back before 3 + changed + went with Kate Macdonald + her 2 sisters in law + a Mrs Simmons8 (widow of a former partner of Macdonald’s) to tea with Sir Matt + Lady Wallace at Terregles Town9. Came back by rail from Maxwelltown10 . In the evening 2 Miss Gillespies (daughters of a deceased minister of Kirkgunzeon) came in [illegible] some music11. Lady Matthew came from the Rox [?] district + knew the Olivers, Lochside + the Boyds, Cherrytrees12.

1 James C R Macdonald, see entry for 15th July 1919

2 Almost certainly the Dumfries and Galloway Golf Club

3 Assume Locharbriggs, grid reference NGR NX993,802 Dumfriesshire Sheet XLIX.NE, published 1900 https://maps.nls.uk/view/75503111/

4 Amisfield NY001,829

5 Shieldhill Station, NY029851 Dumfriesshire Sheet XLII.SW, published 1900 https://maps.nls.uk/view/75510466/

6 Assume Hightown Hill, NY036,835, at 250 metres the correct height and with a trig point

7 Criffel, NX956,618; unidentified; Leadhills, NS885,155 and unidentified

8 Mrs Mary Symons née Baxter, widow of Henry Symons (1864-1906), solicitor and sometime partner of James Macdonald in Symons & Macdonald, W.S., 84 Irish Street, Dumfries; Mary was living, 1918, at Christophers, English Street, Dumfries [1918 Valuation Roll]

9 Sir Matthew Gemmill Wallace (d.1940) of Terregles-town, Terregles, had married Agnes Johnston of Primside, Morebattle, in 1892 at Primside

10 The G.N.S.W.R. Castle Douglas Branch ran through Maxwelltown Station only short distance ESE of Terregles-town see Ordance Survey 6″ Kirkcudbrightshire Sheet XXIX.NE, published 1896 https://maps.nls.uk/view/75633924/

11 The Reverend James Ewer Gillespie (1840-1918), Church of Scotland Minister, of the Manse, Kirkgunzeon, Kirkcudbright, had two unmarried daughters, Elizabeth Hyslop and Mary Charlotte, living at home in the 1911 census

12 The Olivers of Lochside, Morebattle and the Boyds of Cherrytrees, Town Yetholm who were relatives (though latterly estranged) of the Brack Boyds of Faldonside, close friends of Dr Muir; Lochside has a place in Sir Walter Scott’s ‘Guy Mannering’

[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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