1 October 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Climbed Tinto1 at last! Left at 9.15 with Sandie Steel2. Called at Hospital, Sunderland Hall Lodge + went via Rink to Peebles, Biggar (via Lyme), Symington to Fallburn3 where we left the car + took our lunch. Baptie4 went round the S.W. side of the hill to meet us. It was quite an easy but pretty hot walk of 2 miles to the top. Unfortunately though it was a very pleasant day, with blue sky overhead, a thick haze all round shut out the distant views, all beyond the Clyde. There is an enormous mound of stones on top, the remains of a prehistoric cairn5. We returned via Lamington, Culter, Kilbucho + Drumelzier6. At the top of the hill after Culter we came on a motor cycle hill climbing competition7. We took tea after Broughton + got home a little before 7. A child Brunton8, granddaughter of Mrs Lowrie [sic] of Philipburn, died rather suddenly at the Hospital.

1 Tinto, South Lanarkshire, NS952,343, is 707 metres high

2 Sandie Steel is not identified

3 Fallburn, South Lanarkshire, grid reference NGR NS965,376, has Tinto to its SSW

4 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

5 Tinto Cairn, Carmichael, South Lanarkshire, “Cairn (Neolithic) – (Bronze Age)” Canmore ID 47525, grid reference NGR NS95320,34368, a cairn measuring approximately 45m in diameter and nearly 6m in height occupies a commanding position on the summit of Tinto

6 Lamington, South Lanarkshire, NS979,311, Culter also Coulter, NT023,340, Kilbucho, area of NT090,352 and Drumelzier, NT135,341, having presumably left the main road at Culter

7 The location is unidentified but presumably in the area of Goseland Hill

8 Ann Ure Brunton, died 1 October 1921, aged 10, at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Selkirk, usual residence Cannon Street, Selkirk, of “Cardiac Asthma 16 hours”, certified by John S Muir M.B.; she was the daughter of David Wilson Brunton, coal pithead worker, and Margaret Brunton née Lourie

[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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