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

What weather! Today there was another Sou’ Wester with drizzle + rain. After seeing Douglas Ballantyne1 I walked with Nancy + Barbara2 to Cauldshiels Hill3. The hurricane was with us going + actually helped us up hill but it was nice to get in the lee of the rocks. We hadn’t been there long till we saw the Hunt coming along the side of the Loch4 + we watched them a while + then went along to Bowden Moor cover5 where we saw them on Eildon + they came back + passed us quite close on their way to Rhymer’s Glen6 + Cauldshiels again. They had no run to speak of. It was a very disagreeable wet walk home.

1 Douglas Ballantyne is not identified

2 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter and he eldest daughter Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996)

3 Cauldshiels Hill, north east of Selkirk, grid reference NGR NT5155,3165

4 Cauldshiels Loch, a little to the north of Cauldshiels Hill

5 The cover seems most likely to be the the woodland east of Bowdenmoor Stell visible here Ordnance Survey 6″ Roxburghshire Sheet VII.SE, published 1899 but not indicated on the contemporary 1:50,000 Landranger Series

6 The Rhymer’s Glen runs in a northerly direction from Bowden Moor though grid reference NGR NT527,328 before debouching into the Huntly Burn

[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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