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

Still dry + warm S.W. Macdonald’s sisters left today, one of them to visit Sanderson, Gala. Found my back tyre down + couldn’t inflate it. Took it to the repair place + they found the rubber tube in the valve rather long + put it right. Cycled to New Abbey + Kirkbean1 and turned there to a little place on the shore Carsethorn where I ate some excellent sandwiches Kate [Macdonald] had given me + a glass of beer at a pub2. Got back at 3 having done 27.1 miles. Some thoughts of climbing Criffel but it would have taken too long + because there was a mist cap all day. Kate took me to see her garden, which is quite separate from the house + then we went to tea with the Misses Maxwell of [illegible] at [blank space]. Mrs Gillespie + one of her daughters + 2 Misses [blank space] who are at the head of the girls’ hostel were there. There is a lovely garden with splendid roses. One of the Maxwell girls has been at Kalimpong where David’s father is3. We walked back by Nithside.

1 New Abbey, grid reference NGR NX961,662 and Kirkbean, NX977,590

2 Carsethorn, NX993,598

3 Kalimpong is city in West Bengal, India. David Graham, Dr Muir’s co-partner was born there, son of Katherine Graham née McConachie (d.1919) and the Reverend Dr John Anderson Graham (1861-1942), founder of Dr Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong and Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1931 – for more information see footnote to Dr Muir’s diary 20 May 1919

[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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