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

Beautiful sunny sharp morning but from one o’clock it got cloudy + very cold + threatening rain. Saw some cases walking + then cycled to Bengerburnhope intending to go up Leithen + back by Gala but I found the snow lying on Paddy Slack making riding rather nasty so I turned up Tweed past Cardrona + then back to Walkerburn1. Took my tea above Holylee. My hands were miserably cold most of the time + I didn’t enjoy the ride. Came back via Rink + Hospital. All the Yarrow + Tweed hills were quite white.

1 It appears that Dr Muir has ridden to Gordon Arms before crossing Paddock Slack, grid reference NGR NT313,288, turning off just short of Traquair, NT331,347, to travel north westwards to Cardrona, approximately NT303,388, probably crossing the River Tweed there to return on its opposite bank and taking his tea east of Walkerburn at Holylee, NT393,374, the final part of the journey being via the Rink, NT482,323 (and thus into Selkirk past the Toll instead of via Sunderland and Bannerfield)

[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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