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

Misty wet morning: drizzle + wind to S.W. Had another good sleep but feeling my dyspepsia as well as the beastly cough + expectoration. Did nothing all forenoon but read + after lunch Jack, me + a Mrs Copland1 (wife of a former vicar here) + her sister Miss Foster [went] to Keswick via Lorton, Portinscale, the W. side of Bassenthwaite + Derwentwater2 + up Borrowdale then back to Lodore3 where we had tea + saw the falls + back by the other side of the lake to Cockermouth4. It kept quite fine + then [?] we saw the lovely scenery at its very best. After we got back it rained again.

1 Probably Susanna Copeland née Foster, widow of the Reverend William Broadbent Copeland (c.1839-1904), vicar of St James Buttermere Parish 1898-1902 [Sources: his death, Mar 1904, Copeland, William, Whitehaven Registration District 10b 482 and marriage Sep 1862, Copeland, William Broadbent and Foster, Susanna, Islington 1b 473]

2 The party has run more or less due north to Low Lorton and, continuing, has taken one of the roads to the north of Ling Fell passing Bassenthwaite Lake on its west side to Portinscale just outwith Keswick and from there has run down the west side of Derwent Water, probably joining the main road along Borrowdale at Grange

3 A public house since at least 1795 and an hotel from the 19th Century, the Lowdore Hotel, called the Lodore Swiss Hotel from 1947-1999 but now the Lodore Falls Hotel, sits between the Lodore Falls and Derwent Water [Source: Lake District Hotels ‘The History of the Lodore Falls Hotel’ here]

4 They have returned via the main Borrowdale – Keswick road and reached Cockermouth via the east side of Bassenthwaite Lake

[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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