18 February 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Still dry but a heavy hoar frost: brilliant sunshine for a short time but after 8.30 a dull clouded sky. Very calm. Cycled in town + to Oakwood, back to Forest Road + then via Linglie to Peelburnfoot + Fairnilee altogether 22.25 miles1 + I felt much fitter though my legs were getting a little tired. Saw a few more [patients] after tea + got my hair cut.

1 If readers are curious about Dr Muir’s accurate mileages they may like to know that Dr Muir was in the habit of using what he called a ‘Velometer’ (see his diary entry for 30 June 1919) which was probably a mechanical device and evidently, from Dr Muir’s comments, designed to work on a specific wheel size therefore presumably counting rotations

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

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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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