13 May 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Lovely morning + a fair amount of sunshine but the same piercing wind W.N.W. Had a cycle run after seeing a few cases, to Innerleithen (14), Leithenhead (7), Garvald Lodge 2½, Old Coach Road (4.7) + the main road to Falahill (1.8). Then a glorious run down Gala water doing 15 miles in a little over an hour. Total run 53.6 miles in 6 hours1. I took my tea in some ruined houses overlooking Gladhouse, Temple and Carrington2 +c. Arthur’s Seat just visible through a haze. My hands were quite benumbed after my tea but got warm when my back was turned to the wind.

1 Dr Muir has cycled from Innerleithen more or less due north via Garvald Lodge, grid reference NGR NT355,504, and returned south down the Gala Water through Stow and Galashiels; it looks likely that he did not travel as far north as Middleton on the B7007 (in which case he would have had to have turned south to hit Falahill) but instead turned at the crossroads at NT370,565 onto the road which ran through Old Middleton and Swarehouse, proceeding south of Falahill Hill and eventually hitting what is now the A7 north of Heriot

2 Dr Muir probably took tea in the area of Wull Muir if he was able to see Gladhouse (the reservoir was there long before this date), Temple and Carrington

[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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