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

Lovely cloudless morning + fine + clear till about 3 after which it got cloudy then misty with some drizzle. Wire from Frank Muir1 that he was coming up from Manchester + he arrived at 8. Guy2 thought he would be bringing his wife + kids3 + Dora4 made preparation but one of the children had taken a sore throat. I left at 12 + cycled to Belses Bloomfield: straight down to Cleikum + round by Teviot Bridge to Lanton: through Rewcastle to the Dunion road5 + home by Denholm + Lilliesleaf. It is 5.4 from Denholm to Lilliesleaf. The views were splendid. I took my tea overlooking the Teviot opposite Lanton6.

1 Francis ‘Frank’ Muir (1877-1972), electrical engineer, Guy’s son and thus Dr Muir’s nephew

2 The Reverend Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir (1846-1927), Dr Muir’s brother

3 Frank Muir’s wife Dorothy Armitage (1873-1943) and their daughters Diana Marianne Muir, later Greener (1910-) and Margaret H Muir (1913-)

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

5 Belses, grid reference NGR 569,250, Bloomfield, NT588,240, The Teviot (or Ancrum) Bridge, NT639,237, Cleikum (or Cleikemin), NT639,234, and Ruecastle, NT612,201; the Dunion road would be the B6358 Denholm to Jedburgh road which passes north of Dunion Hill at its highest point, at NT625,195

6 Dr Muir must have taken a diversion southwards to do this which seems to contradict his comment “straight down to Cleikum”

[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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