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

The same fine weather. I went for a run to Ayr, Dalmellington + Straiton. I have only been once in the latter viz when I motored Jim from Newton Stewart to Prestwick in the Arrol Johnston. It is a boring wee village. I had tea there. This was the first day of the revived Ayr races + I met many people motoring there. I returned via Kirkmichael + Minnishant1. Ayr was crowded with sailors from the Queen Elizabeth which is lying off Ayr2. I walked down to Redstone [sic3] after supper. Nancy Jack took Rennie for a run to Maucline [sic – Mauchline] and Tarbolton.

1 Minishant, grid reference NGR NS330,143

2 H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth, oil-powered dreadnought battleship, she was built at Portsmouth in 1913 and served as flagship of the Atlantic Fleet 1919-1924

3 Redston, Prestwick [Monkton, Ayr], home of Jessie Logan Miller née Rennie (1860-1920) and Edward Caird Miller, iron and steel founder; Jessie was Dr Muir’s niece

[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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rumblingclint

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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