23 July 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

At Prestwick. This was a fairly good day with some sunshine + medium Temp. Calm + not very clear. Arran visible but not Ailsa [Craig]. Towards evening it became clearer. I walked along + called for Kitty1 but they were all at church so I strolled round the shore. There was quite a crowd of people being Glasgow holidays2. I saw + watched a swimmer a good way out doing various manoeuvres in the sea + to my surprise it turned out to be a woman. Ernest3 too [sic] Kitty, her father4 + me for a run to Monkton, Dundonald, Kilmarnock, Galston, New Milns, Darvel, Muirkirk + home5. It was quite enjoyable but Ernest is rather a – I wouldn’t say reckless – but just a little risky. Got back to supper at Ladyton6 at 7.30. Kitty + the others came along later + both Kitty + Ernest sang.

1 Katherine Stewart Rennie ‘Kitty’ – sometimes ‘Kate’ – Muriel née Taylor (1883-1960), staying in Ayrshire while home from Shanghai

2 The Glasgow Fair holiday dates from the 12th Century and starts in the second half of July

3 Hugh Ernest Muriel (1886-1979), banker and husband of Katherine Stewart Rennie Muriel née Taylor (1883-1960)

4 Edward Earl Taylor (1855-1929), husband of Jane Logan Rennie (1855-1915) Dr Muir’s niece

5 The party were at Prestwick north of Ayr and drove north-east to Kilmarnock and then due east along the Strathaven road

6 Ladyton, Prestwick, Ayrshire, home of the Reverend James Rennie (1826-1924), described on his death registration as “Minister of the Gospel (Retired).”, Dr Muir’s brother in law – husband later widower of Catherine Stewart Rennie née Muir

[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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