5 March 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A soaking of snow on the ground again which made me decide to go to Prestwick by rail today instead of motoring tomorrow. Saw some town cases + left from Gala at 1.15. Motored over + gave Roger Quin1 a lift. Had an hour in Edin. + got a cup of Bovril. Had more than 11/2 hours in Glasgow. It was raining when I got there but I walked to St Enoch. Got to a Prestwick a little before 8 + enjoyed my supper. Found Rennie remarkably well. Gave him a Selkirk Bannock2: some panatellas + a bottle of /75 Madeira3. It was raining in Glasgow + I had to put my Burberry over my fur coat. It was so wet at Prestwick that I had to take a cab.

1 Roger or Rodger Quin or Quinn (1850-1925), Dumfries born but staying at this time in Selkirkshire; known as the Tramp Bard or Homeless Poet, his verses were described by Sir George Brisbane Douglas of Springwood as “harmonies evolved out of the very depths of sadness”

2 The Reverend James Rennie (1826-1924), Church of Scotland minister and Dr Muir’s brother in law; widower of Catherine Stewart Muir q.v., living at Prestwick, Ayrshire

3 Dr Muir had previously been given bottles of 1875 Madeira by his generous friend Mrs Mackintosh of Elm Park, see diary entry for 24 February 1921

[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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