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

A much [sic] mild day + no rain. Wind more to N.W. We had a walk in forenoon through the wood on the far side of Buttermere + round by Gatesgarth1 + Nancy had tea with me at 2.30 instead of lunch + then we walked along to the top of Rannerdale Knott2 [sic] where we had the great pleasure of seeing a buzzard. Miss Butcher, a lady staying here, walked to High Stile + had a rough time coming down some screes. Sent P.C. [postcard] to Evelyn Couper3 + Madge Ogilvie4 who had written me enclosing a specimen of Linnaea borealis5 she had got of Borden [?].

1 Probably referring to Burtness Wood on the south west side of Buttermere, so Dr Muir (and whoever he was with – it is not apparent) went all the way round the lake on this occasion

2 Rannerdale Knotts (355m) sits between Whiteless Pike to the east and Crummock Water and the Loweswater road to the west about a mile north of Buttermere village, see also diary entry for 29 June 1920

3 Evelyn Susannah Couper, sometime Clark Couper (1872-1927), see also diary entry for 29 June 1920

4 Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Ogilvie née Scott Anderson (1879-1965) of Kirklea, Ashkirk

5 If this reading is correct it is Linnaea borealis, the twinflower or cinnamon vine, a member of the Caprifoliaceae family

[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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