2 August 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Rose 4 + left in Tricar with Archie Robertson for Hawick. Trained to Bellingham. Just crowds owing to Hawick holidays. Breakfasted + left at 9.21 going to Wark, Barrasford, Ridsdale, Woodburn, Elishaw + Jedburgh1. Fine morning. Slight shower at 5 Lane End2. After Elishaw strong N.W. gale made riding most difficult + Archie Robertson got knocked up2. It was a terrific struggle to the Carter [Bar] + a lot of walking. Beyond [illegible] I pushed on ahead + phoned from Jedburgh for Baptie to meet us. He picked up Archie about Harrietsfield + they made up to me a mile this side St Boswells; at Smedheugh a tyre went down + I rode home4. The cyclometer on B.S.A. exaggerates but I calculate I did 62 miles.

1 The pair have taken the Border Counties Railway via Riccarton Junction, Saughtree, Kielder and the North Tyne to Bellingham and then cycled a little further south to just beyond Barrasford before coming up to Dere Street at Five Lane Ends and then joining the A68 at Elishaw, passing very close to their railway terminus when they went through Woodburn

2 Five Lane Ends, grid reference NT951,745, is where the Hexham / Chollerton road meets Dere Street coming up from Corbridge

3 Definitions include tired, jaded, worn out

4 It appears they came back from St Boswells via what is now the A699 and so by the time the tyre gave way at Smedheugh they were not far from home

[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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