18 June 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Rose at 2.30, + left in the Straker1 at 3.40, a tyre went down at [left blank] + again at the 62nd mile stone so I got on my bike there2. It was a fine morning, though sharp + my fingers were cold for a while, I got along very easily to Carlisle. Stopped for breakfast at what used to be a fine wood between Longtown + Carlisle but is now cut down. Got to Carlisle at 11. An uninteresting road to Cockermouth except for a glimpse of the Lake hills. Was stopped at Bothel3 by a thunderstorm for 11/4 hours. Got a glass of beer and read yesterday’s paper. After Cockermouth the wind S.E. was against me + the road so very rough + hilly. I was There was some more thunder + rain + I was pretty well fagged when I arrived at Buttermere. Nancy + Jack [Roberts] arrived half an hour later + very kindly brought my box. After dinner went soon to bed.

1 Straker Squire or Straker-Squire Ltd., also Brazil, Straker (1901-1927), motor manufacturer, previously referred to in Dr Muir’s diary of 22 May 1919

2 This must mean that Dr Muir had been driven part of the way

3 North east of Cockermouth, on the A595 from Carlisle

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

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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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