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

Not as fine as yesterday + sunless with mist on heights. Had a run to Warkworth1 (where I had a look at the magnificent ruin, of which however some part seems to be inhabited), Acklington2 , W Thurston (where I saw the Coquet from the bridge), Howdens, Weldon (Coquet again + had some lunch), Brinkburn, Long Framlington, Swarland (beautifully situated Hall where the road ran through a park with gates at either end), and Shilbottle (colliery near). Distance 32.5. Very enjoyable run through little used side roads. Coquet Valley very pretty. Got back to “Bachelor’s Hall” at 4.3 All the others are of course absorbed in golf.

1 Warkworth is on the coast (Dr Muir is in Northumberland) at grid reference NGR NU247,061, on the River Coquet; the castle is the seat of the Percy family, Dukes of Northumberland.

2 The route from Warkworth was Acklington, NU232,019, West Thurston, NU186,001 (it looks as though Dr Muir has deleted the the letter W), West Howdens, NZ162,985, across the River Coquet at Weldon Bridge, and onwards via Brinkburn, area of NZ117,990, Longframlington, NU130,012, Swarland, NU163,038, Newton Hall, NU168,047, and Shilbottle, NU196,087.

3 Dr Muir is referring to the group of men and boys (listed in his diary entry for 22 September 1922) staying at Mount Pleasant immediately WNW of Alnmouth, NU244,110, see Ordnance Survey 6 inch Northumberland Sheet XXXIX.NE, published 1899.

7 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), Dr Muir’s son-in-law and three of his children John Stewart ‘Jock’ Roberts (1904-1950), Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts (1908-2003) and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005).

[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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