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

I had a fairly good night but a bit of coughing. Went for a walk in the forenoon to the old Prestwick Church1 from which a fine view all round can be had. It was a cheat sunny day with a cold N wind. Arran was lovely + Goat Fell covered with snow stood out glittering. Then I walked along the golf course, crossed Powie2 + smoked a cigarette in the shelter of the sand hill: came along the shore to the far end of the St Nicholas course3 + home. I hardly coughed at all + my cold seemed cured. Dined with Rennie4 at 20.30 + it was 4 before we rose. He talked the whole time. Wrote a card to Helen5 + walked along to the P.O. returning by the esplanade. Rennie showed me a most interesting album of dates [?] with cuttings from newspapers of different incidents in his ministerial career.

1 Prestwick, Kirk Street, Old Parish Church, Canmore ID 41702

2 Assume the Prestwick Golf Course and the Pow Burn which runs past the old church at grid reference NGR NS347,266 before running north behind the sand dunes to join the sea at NS340,281

3 St Nicholas Golf Course, Prestwick, NS343,247

4 The Reverend James Rennie (1826-1924), Church of Scotland minister and Dr Muir’s brother in law, being the widower of his sister Catherine Stewart Muir

5 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper

[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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