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

A day of terrific wind S. or S.W. + rain which kept us in the house all day. It faired a little about 4 + I walked along to the foot of Rannerdale Knott1 [sic] by the old road, returning by the high road. I wrote several letters, to Dav. [David Graham, co-partner], Helen [Muir], Mrs Mackintosh (who has sent me a humorous P.C). Got letter from Helen enclosing a P.C. from Evelyn Clark Couper2 who is touring in Wales. Had an interesting talk with a man who knows Ornithology + Botany [?]. Sour Milk Gill3 was very full + we could hear its rush. I cleaned my bicycle.

1 Rannerdale Knotts (355m), grid reference NGR NY167,182, sits between Whiteless Pike to the east and Crummock Water and the Loweswater road to the west, about a mile north of Buttermere village

2 A Miss Evelyn Clark Couper made a bequest to the British Museum in 1930 of a decanter, glasses and stand, through Mackenzie, Innes & Logan here; she was Evelyn Susannah Couper, sometime Clark Couper (1872-1927), daughter of David Couper (1839-1913), Church of Scotland minister, and Christina Jane Couper née Clark, married 1871, Blairgowrie; Evelyn was born at Tynron, Dumfriesshire, the family was living at Thornfield, Selkirk in the 1911 Census and she died at Traquair; her maternal grandfather was Thomas Clark (c.1801-1865), law book seller (1851 Census), later a publisher and the founder of T & T Clark of Edinburgh [Sources: Statutory BMDs and Census; Hew Scott (Ed.) ‘Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae; the Succession of Ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation, Vol 2: Synods of Merse & Teviotdale, Dumfries & Galloway’, Edinburgh, 1917; John A H Dempster, ‘The T & T Clark Story’, Bishop Auckland, 1992]

3 Sourmilk Gill runs out of Bleaberry Tarn below Chapel Crags, opposite Buttermere village, NGR NY168,157

[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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