8 March 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Wind round from S.W. to N.W. + then N. a little rain early but afterwards clear + sunny, sharp + drying. Wrote a long letter to Patrick1 + a P.C. [post card] to David2. Walked to the P.O. [post office] + then along the esplanade + St Nicholas Golf Course. Dr. + Mrs Jones called3. After dinner I cycled to Ayr + on to Dunure going round by the village + joining the high road again4. The roads were splendid + I got fine views of Arran, Bute, Ailsa Craig + dimly the Mull of Kintyre. Had the usual remininiscences (+ renewals [?]) from the nonagenarian5 in the evening. B.S.A. 20.26

1 Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902

2 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

3 Dr and Mrs Jones are unidentified

4 Dunure, Maybole, is on a road loop between Dunure Station and Dunure Mains which crosses the G&SWR Maidens and Dunure Light Railway to hug the coast

5 The Reverend James Rennie (1826-1924), Church of Scotland minister and widower of Catherine Stewart Muir, thus Dr Muir’s brother in law; living at Prestwick, Ayrshire

6 The Editor has no idea what this piece of text means though letters and numbers of this sort appear at the end of Dr Muir’s diary entry for four successive days while he is at Monkton – suggestions welcome

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

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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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