10 July 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Intended starting at 10.30 for a motor run but it was so wet we had to wait. It was almost fair at 12 so we started then, Eva1, Helen, Sandy + I in Bryson’s Argyll2 driven by a man Terry. We went via Hawick + Slitrigg [sic] to Hermitage where we lunched + saw the inside of the Castle3. It seems the key is kept at a cottage close by. From Hermitage we went to Steel Road, Liddesdale, Note o’ the Gate, Fodderlee, Bedrule, Denholm + Minto getting home at 5.45. We had very little rain but missed all the best views. Sandy + Eva enjoyed the run very much. Had to see Miss Dunn before dinner.

1 Jessie Evelyn Ramsay ‘Eva’ McClure née Hotson, wife of Alexander Logan ‘Sandy’ McClure (1860-1932), advocate and sometime Sheriff of Argyle; they lived at 16 Heriot Row, Edinburgh

2 Brysons were the famous local motor dealers who regularly hired vehicles to Dr Muir and Argyll was a Scottish car manufacturer

3 The party has travelled out of Hawick up the River Slitrig towards Newcastleton, taking a short diversion west to see Hermitage Castle before cutting off the corner via Steele Road to join the road through Saughtree past Note o’ the Gate and eventually looping back to Selkirk via Denholm and a crossing of the River Teviot

[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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