23 September 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Splendid day, wind S. Not clear like yesterday.

Breakfasted at 6 + motored to Gala to get the 7.26 for Tynehead1 whence I cycled to Costerton, Humbie, Long Yester, Danskine, Garvald, Cranshaws, Ellemford2, Duns, Greenlaw, Gordon [and] Earlston = 67.5 miles. I made a mistake in going to Upper Keith3 via Costerton + I landed in a muddy unrideable lane + had to walk about a mile mile. From Humbie to Garvald I went by unknown but very interesting roads with some bad hills4. Lunched between Newlands5 + Garvald. From the latter it is a very trying6 road till near Cranshaws7. Had tea in a wood overlooking Cumledge8. Front tyre punctured near East Morriston9. Mended it with the help of Young + Henderson10. It cost me 50 minutes + I went straight to Mauldsheugh11 to dine. Mrs Mackintosh + Helen who had been in Edin[burgh] went from the station. Had hot bath when I got home at 10.

1 Tynehead Railway Station served Pathhead, Midlothian in the previous life of the Waverley Line but did not reopen in 2015

2 Costerton Mains is at grid reference NGR NT433,626, Humbie NT458,627, Long Yester NT545,652, Danskine NT569,672 Garvald NT589,708 Cranshaws NT690,619 and Ellemford NT727601

3 Upper Keith, on the east edge of Humbie, NT454,626

4 Dr Muir has followed the road directly under the edge of the Lammermuir Hills and it is steep in places such as the climb north from Newlands Bridge

5 Newlands, grid reference NT569,664

6 Dr Muir climbed the steep hill past White Castle Fort NT613,685 to join the upper reaches of the Whiteadder Water

7 Dr Muir has cycled through the Lammermuir Hills crossing the 400m contour south of Moss Law

8 Cumledge, grid reference NT789,563, just before Dr Muir reached Duns

9 East Morriston, grid reference NT609,419, between Gordon and Earlston

10 Not identified

11 Dr Muir was dining with David Charteris Graham his co-partner at his home Mauldsheugh, Yarrow Terrace, Selkirk (the house name is spelled incorrectly on the Valuation Rolls at this time)

[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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