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

Wind round to East by South after a night of rain but it kept fair + dry all day though latterly cold. Wrote letters to Mary1 + Dora2 + went for a run to Monkton meaning to take the Kilmarnock Road but took the Troon Irvine way through Fullarton3, turning left a mile further on + landing in a private road so had to return + take a road further on past an old house like Old Fairnilea called Auchens4 where I had to stop + warm my benumbed hands. Then to Dundonald + Symington where I took a wrong road + met some … + got a … + landed back on the Irvine road again. Had a grand spin home with the wind reaching Ladyton5 about 5.20. Had an incessant palaver till 10.156. B.S.A. 20.67.

1 Mary cannot be identified with confidence

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

3 Fullarton is at approximate grid reference NGR NS345,305 so Dr Muir has got himself lost somewhere east of Troon and has ended up approaching Dundonald from the west

4 Assume Auchans House, also known as Auchans Castle, Dundonald, Kyle and Carrick, South Ayrshire, grid reference NGR NS35480,34599 and Canmore ID 41959

5 Ladyton, Ayr Road, Prestwick [Monkton], Ayrshire, home of The Reverend James Rennie (1826-1924), Church of Scotland minister and widower of Catherine Stewart Muir, thus Dr Muir’s brother in law

6 Rennie was a tremendous talker which Dr Muir has referred to previously including when Rennie and John Dun Boylan (called a windbag by Dr Muir on one occasion) met in June 1916 and provoked him to describe them as “a pair of prize egotists” [diary, 17 June 1916, Scottish Borders Archives SBA/657/19/35]

7 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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