20 August 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

For the third consecutive time there was thick fog but the sun broke through early + it turned out a fine day though hazy. I cycled Kirkwynd, Forest Road, Sunderland Mill + Hospital. At 1.30 with Dora1 + Boyack2 I motored to Lilliesleaf + Chapel + then via Netherow, Denholm Bedrule + Chesters to a point about halfway to Mervinslaw3 where we stopped + had tea, overlooking the Jed valley with Carter beyond. Then we came back by Jedburgh + St Boswells. Kelty4 was with us. The views were much better than yesterday but not at their best.

1 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

2 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora Muir’s who stayed with the Muirs from 3rd to 31st August 1920; perhaps they knew one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified

3 Dr Muir must mean the road end at Chapel Farm, grid reference NGR NT543,256, which he would have passed as he travelled to Netherraw, NT554239, Denholm, Bedrule + Chesters and up to to a point about halfway to Mervinslaw – somewhere along the road that runs more or less ENE from Chesters through NT655,115

4 Kelty was a dog that Dr Muir records taking for a walk very infrequently since at least 1917 but either someone else must have been his regular walker or he was not their dog

[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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