5 September 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Cycled to Galashiels + took the 7.28 to Tynehead. It was a misty morning but turned out a lovely day. From Tynehead1 I went to Blackshiels via Fala Dam2, a lovely little hamlet which I had never seen before. Then via Humbie, Gifford to Stenton. Between the 2 latter I punctured my front tyre but was able to get on with some pumping to Dunbar where I got it repaired. Then along the main road3 to Cockburnspath + Grantshouse intending to take the road from there to Duns but passed [it] + had to go on to near Reston + take another road. Got to Duns about 4.30 + reached home at 8.20 pretty tired. I had a glass of beer at Gordon. It was a most delightful run of 87.35 miles. Helen4 + Peter5 were over at the Patons.6

1 Tynehead Station, grid reference NGR NT394,591, see also Ordnance Survey 6 inch Edinburghshire Sheet XV.SW, published 1895.

2 The whole route from Tynehead was to Fala Dam, NT429,616, Blackshiels, NT437,609, Humbie, NT459,627, Gifford, NT534,681, Stenton, NT621,742, Dunbar, NT676,788, Cockburnspath, NT777,713 and Grantshouse, NT812,657 where he should have turned south for Duns but instead appears to have turned south and then WSW past Auchencrow NT851,607 and Marygold NT813,601 to regain his intended route at NT796,588.

3 The main road at this time ran north of the railway from Dunbar to Bilsdean just short of Cockburnspath see Ordnance Survey 6 inch Edinburghshire Sheet VII.SW, published 1908; Ordnance Survey 6 inch Edinburghshire Sheet XII.NE, published 1908 and Ordnance Survey 6 inch Berwickshire Sheet I.SW, published 1909.

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper.

5 Peter Allan was evidently a charge of Dora’s, but is not (yet) identified.

6 Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ Paton (about 1838-1929) and Marion Agnes Paton (about 1841-1940), sisters living on their own means at Selkirk [1901 Census] before they flitted to Galashiels in May 1918.

[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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