11 October 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Had a charming cycle run with Archie Robertson1. Left in the car at 6 + got the 6.40 at St Boswells for Kelso. It was daylight when we arrived. We ran to Cornhill via Sprouston + being unable to get any breakfast there as the inn was full of fishers, went on to the Blue Bell at Crookham2. I took the wrong road from Cornhill viz the one to Mindrum which made it about a mile further. After breakfast we went to see the Flodden Memorial3 then back to Crookham [and] Ford + Etal4. At the latter saw the old castle. I had not been on this road for about 35 years. We went on via Grindon5 to Norham. Saw the castle: crossed to Ladykirk + went via Birgham to Kelso where we got tea + so home a little after 6.

1 Archibald ‘Archie’ Robertson (c.1872-1952), chemist and druggist

2 The Blue Bell Inn at Pallinsburn just E.S.E. of Crookham, grid reference NGR NT910,382

3 Flodden Memorial, NT890,373

4 Ford & Etal Estates are around NT932,380

5 Grindon, NT914,448), Norham, NT899,472, and Ladykirk, NT887,475

[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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