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

Left at 7.13 + cycled to Prestwick arriving there 5.55.

It was a perfect morning with hoar frost which lay in the shade till I was past Innerleithen. There was no wind to speak of + the roads were in the best order. Rode to Peebles in 1 h 53 minutes. Went to Castle Craig + Skirling to Biggar. All the hills in Tweed + Clyde stood out clearly in every detail. I stopped nearly opposite the railway viaduct over Douglas Water + had a hunk of Bannock, chocolate + a cigarette. Nancy overtook me 31/2 miles before Muirkirk + stopped for a few minutes. She conveyed my bag + left it at Prestwick on her way to Troon. I had a splendid run from Muirkirk + stopped on the moor beyond Greenock Water + lay against a post to smoke + admire the view + tried to identify the distant Hills + made out Cairnsmore of Carsphairn + perhaps Green Lowther or Queensberry. Stopped at Mauchline for tea at “Poosie Nancy’s” [Inn]. Found Rennie very well though quaggy on his legs1. As he no lager [sic] I cycled along to Cameron’s + ordered a dozen, returning with a bottle in each pocket but meantime Margaret had found a bottle which had been left since my last visit. Eddie Miller looked in at night2. 93 miles.

1 The Reverend James Rennie (1826-1924), Dr Muir’s brother-in-law, widower of his late sister Catherine

2 Assume Edward Caird Miller, see diary entry for 16th September 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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