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

Fortunately it was fair this morning + after saying good bye to Rennie1 I started at 9.40 to cycle homewards. Met Baptie2 a little before Sorn + sent him on for my luggage. He picked me up again between Douglas + Rigside3 + we got home alright at 6. We did the 30 miles from Castle Craig in 1½ hours.4 It was quite [a] pleasant day though at times the S.E. wind was against me. There were some glints of sunshine. Was glad to see dear Mousey5 again after more than 4 weeks. Had several people in at consultation.

1 The Reverend James Rennie (1826-1924), Church of Scotland minister, of Ladyton, Prestwick and widower of Catherine Stewart ‘Kate’ Rennie née Muir (1829-1915), Dr Muir’s sister..

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

3 Sorn, Ayrshire grid reference NGR NS556,264, Douglas NS835,306, and Rigside NS878,353.

4 Assume Castle Craig near Blyth Bridge, Peeblesshire (though that looks like a long way round).

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

[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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