18 September 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Rose 5: breakfast 6: left at 7.13 + cycled to Alnmouth. Went via Kelso (18.65), Sprouston1, Wark, Learmouth, Wooler, Ilderton, Bewick, Eglingham. = 63.1 miles. Arrived at between 2 + 3. It was a fine day: pretty clear with a slight N.E. wind which did not impede me. Nancy2 overtook me on her way down for Louise + Stewart3 at Ilderton Bridge4 + gave me some Selkirk Bannock5 besides which I had nothing till tea at 4. Jack6 has a nice little farm Ho. standing above the village. Nancy left about 5.30. Alec Roberts7 arrived. The road from Wooler was practically new to me though I may have done it long ago.

1 Dr Muir appears to have crossed the River Tweed at Kelso and travelled through Sprouston, grid reference NGR NT756,352, Wark, NT826,386, East or West Learmouth, area of NT855,378, Wooler, NT993,281, Ilderton, NU016,219, area of Old or New Bewick, NU068,208 and Eglingham, NU106,194

2 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

3 Louisa Jane ‘Louise’ Roberts, later Rutherford (1906-1982) and Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts (1908-2003), two of Dr Muir’s grandchildren, presumably on holiday or with friends

4 Assume Lilburn West Bridge, Ilderton Parish, Northumberland, grid reference NGR NU018,237

5 Selkirk Bannock is that town’s famous rich and buttery leavened tea bread

6 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), Dr Muir’s son-in-law, a mill owner and three time Provost of Selkirk

7 Assume Alexander Thomas ‘Alec’ Roberts (1885-1972), son of Thomas James Scougal ‘Tom’ Roberts and Hyndmer Rutherford Roberts née Crawford, and husband of Evelyn Laura Henderson

[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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