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

Not such a fine day as yesterday but warmer + very pleasant for motoring. Saw Miss Dunn, Annie Brady + Mrs Menteith. Left at 11.15. Called for Miss Scott at Bridgelands + went on to Gala to see old Miss Beattie (formerly Tait’s Hill). She stays with the widow of Walt. Bryson whom Tom [Alexander] + I attended at old Broadmeadows, Lewenshope [and] Middlestead + who was latterly at Netherbarns. From there we went via Langshaw + Threepwood to Lauder + Lauder Hill1 where we had our lunch in the quarry2. The view was [illegible] we saw [?] Law but not V B Law. After we left it got very dark + threatening. We crossed by Tynehead3 down to Middleton [and] over Middleton Moor (a road I had not been on before) to Innerleithen + so home. Tom was delighted with the run, a great deal of which was new to him. We covered 64 miles. After getting back I had to go down to Faldonside to see Ailie Boyd4 + then Tom + I dined at Whitmuirhall [the Dunlops]. There was some rain in the evening.

1 Dr Muir has come via Threepwood, entered Lauder past the cemetery and the started up the Lauder Common / Stow road

2 The Editor assumes this is the quarry at grid reference NT512,470 just west of Lauderhill see Ordnance Survey 6 inch Berwickshire Sheets XIX.NE and SE of 1900 https://maps.nls.uk/view/75497416 and https://maps.nls.uk/view/75497428

3 Tynehead, approximate grid reference NGR NT394,593; Dr Muir has not (as one might have expected) joined the Gala Road (A7) at Stow but instead has taken a loop far to the north, coming into Middleton, Midlothian, from the east before turning south through Glentress

4 Ailie Brack Boyd Wilson or Boyd-Wilson, who was to change her name to Ailie Brack Boyd Wilson Milne, 25 June 1920 [London Gazette, 30 November 1920]

[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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