4 September 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Excursion to Windlestrawlaw Law. Before starting saw Mrs G Brown, Victoria Crescent + vaccinated Lizzie Brown’s child. Munro + Allen motored from Midlem + started off at 11. I followed in Swift + picked up John Brown at the Bank. We made upon Munro at Caddonfoot but kept behind him till Innerleith [sic]. Got to Glentress at 12.30 + sent the motors back to Blackhaugh1. It is quite an easy walk up the Burn. We lunched under the shelter of a peat hag at the top. It was a hazy day + we saw nothing. After leaving the top it started to rain + we got pretty wet. I quite missed the direction + we found ourselves at Trously in Luggate Water + had to climb back over the ridge to reach the Caddon2. We struck the very head of it + walked down past Scroof + Caddonhead. Fortunately it faired then + the sun came out but it was after 6 when we reached the motor + mention [?] of being home at 5. It was after 7. I had to change + dine + attend war memorial meeting at 8. Wind S.

1 Blackhaugh – approximate grid reference NGR NT423,382 – appears to have been where the drivers waited for them, a classic ‘linear’ walk

2 Dr Muir took them quite a long way north of their correct route; they have ended up at Trously – approximate grid reference NGR NT384,459 – high on the Lugate Water

[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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