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

This has been a very fine day + warmer. Nancy, Timmy1 + I started after breakfast + took a boat down Crummock [Water] to a landing place for Scale Force2 which we inspected. It is a lovely place reminding me of the Bald [?] Crag at Moffat3. Then we had a long uphill tramp to Red Pike, stopping by a burn for lunch. From Red Pike we went by High Stile exactly as I went on Wed.4 + then on by High Crag towards Scarth Gap which we struck below the pass + came home by Gatesgarth + Hassness. We saw the Isle of Man + all the Galloway coast. Timmy did the walk quite well + whistled most of the way. He decorated himself with Stagshorn [?] Moss5. The poor man had developed something like hay fever in the evening! The cook who left today presented me with a stone which he declared was a hammer [?] of some prehistoric lake dweller.

1 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005), Dr Muir’s daughter and youngest grandson

2 Scale Force is a high waterfall almost opposite Buttermere Village, tucked away behind Lingcomb Edge below Red Pike and falling 52 metres out of the combe below Little Dodd

3 The Editor would welcome information about this feature near Moffat, its name or location

4 Dr Muir, his daughter and grandson have walked the Red Pike – High Stile – High Crag ridge on the SSW side of Buttermere before apparently dropping off the ridge before the smaller peak called Seat to join the Scarth Gap to Warnscale path; if part of this route is the same as Dr Muir’s on the Wednesday then he must have walked further round Warnscale Bottom than was evident from his description of that day

5 If the Editor’s reading is correct then this is presumably common club moss or stag’s-horn clubmoss Lycopodium clavatum; its distribution makes this feasible [Source: The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland Biological Records Centre ‘Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora’ here]

[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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