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

Slept very soundly for 8-9 hours but felt decidedly fagged + was glad at the prospect of a quiet day. It was very warm + we all agreed that this must be my relaxing place. There was an otter hunt on, which we watched for some time, walking up to the head of the lake. The hounds went right round but never did much. We were interested to see the coaches (3 or 4 pair + 14 in hand) from Keswick which had come by the Honister Pass1 + we went a bit up the Newlands road in the afternoon to see them return. I wrote Helen, Jean [both Muir], David [Graham] + Mrs Mackintosh. The heat in the evening was absolutely oppressive + my room was like an oven but I found the reason is a hot water pipe which went over + along one side. My cough + expectorating were most horribly bad.

1 Pape’s Garages, Coaches and Motors, Ltd., Keswick was running coach and horse tours into the 1920s, traditionally running down Borrowdale, over the steep Honister Pass (1,167 feet and gradient 25%) and normally stopping at the Fish Inn, Buttermere before returning via Newlands Hause (1,093 feet); descending Honister was a fairly heroic undertaking – there are many postcards showing it and there is a description of a 20th Century tour in Christine Jennings’ ‘Robbie: The Life of Sir Robert Jennings’, Troubador Publishing, 2019, pp. 13-14

[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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