28 August 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Nice calm day with a good deal of sunshine. Towards the wind which was E. brought up some mist. Baptie1 began delivering the accounts. I made 2 town calls + started at 12 for a run. Went via Gala Water foot + Gattonside to Birkenside where I took the road on the right side of Leader to the upper bridge2. I thought I could go over to Boon without re-crossing the river but was told at the old mill3 that it was impracticable so I went on by the main road4. Had my tea beyond Boon + then went on the Greenlaw road + back by Rumbleton Law to E Gordon + Earlston5 = 49 miles + I was more tired than after my 956 on June 1st.

1 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir.

2 Dr Muir has headed up the east side if the Leader Water from Birkenside Toll (Legerwood parish), NT564,422, to Galadean Old Bridge, NT559,431.

3 The old mill must be Bridgeheugh Mill, NT557,433, just north of Galadean where Dr Muir must have thought be could cut through to Boon via Whitslaid, NT561,445, but instead he had to cross the Leader Water back towards Galadean [see Ordnance Survey 6 inch Berwickshire Sheet XXVI.NW, published 1900].

4 Dr Muir must then have followed the west bank of the Leader Water on what is now the A68 and re-crossed the Leader Water at Boon Bridge, NT557,455, just south of its junction with the Boondreigh Water, to reach Boon Farm, NT572,455 [see Ordnance Survey 6 inch Berwickshire Sheet XX.SW, published 1909], before joining the Greenlaw Road at (presumably) Pyatshaw, NT584480.

5 Dr Muir has travelled on to Greenlaw on what is now the A697 before retracing his route to the junction at NT673,463 where he turned south through Rumbleton Law (Gordon parish), NT677,454, before heading back through Gordon and Earlston.

6 On the 1 June 1922 Dr Muir had travelled 95 miles taking in the Hadrian’s Wall Roman road and recreating (in reverse) a route he had done in 1908 (a “disastrous run on June 22 1908 after which I was ill + had to leave off work for a month”).

[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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