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

Dull misty morning + no sunshine. Went for a run in Bryson’s Argyle1 with Dora2 + Tom Alexander3. Left at 10.30 + went via Merton Br.4 to Smailholm Tower + village, Stichill, Orange Lane, Union Bridge, Norham Castle (where we lunched), Twizel Castle, Etal, Ford, Crookham, Wark, Sprouston, Roxburgh Castle (where we had tea) + home at 6. It was mild but hazy. We saw the near views. It was especially fine from Roxburgh Castle looking out to Springwood Park + Kelso. I had some dyspepsia all day. The Rowan tree completely cleared when we returned. Was called up at 12 by Mrs Anderson, Craighill5 + got back before 4. Was late for breakfast.

1 Bryson had a motor business in Selkirk and their Argyll hire car was a Scottish-built vehicle

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

3 Tom Alexander is unidentified

4 The party took a big clockwise loop out through Roxburghshire and deep into Berwickshire to cross the River Tweed between Hutton and Fishwick via the Union Chain Bridge, grid reference NGR NT933,510, before running back westwards on the south side of the Tweed finally re-crossing that river near or west of St Boswells

5 Grace Linton Anderson née Davidson, had a baby on 1 August 1921 at Craighill, Ettrick; the second wife of John Laidlaw Anderson, shepherd, they had married 7 March 1919, at Ettrick

[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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