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

Jack + Louise1 left this morning. Nancy, Tim2 + I went as far as the rocky point on the road + walked back. It was a lovely morning + the scenery looked its very best. After lunch feeling very tired + dyspeptic I read + smoked for a while + then walked up the hill at the back of the Hotel believing it to be “Robinson” 24973. It was a stiff climb but on [a] track. Getting to the top I found that “Robinson” was some distance away + much higher than where I was4. However I had magnificent views away to Keswick in one direction + to Loweswater in another. Also the peaks around Scafell. Got a room on the 2nd floor, not as hot as that I have been in5.

1 Louisa Jane ‘Louise’ Roberts (1906-1982), one of Dr Muir’s granddaughters

2 George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005), one of Dr Muir’s grandsons

3 Robinson (737m) is the mountain at the Buttermere end of the Robinson – Hindscarth – Dale Head ridge running along the NNE side of Buttermere and Honister

4 Very probably High Snockrigg, grid reference NGR NY186,168, which best seems to fit the views that Dr Muir describes

5 On his arrival Dr Muir had complained about excessive heat in his hotel room

[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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