9 November 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Having to go to see Tom Stenhouse, Caddonfoot.1 I cycled round by Dunsdale + Cannon Street + from Caddonfoot to Clovenfords, Blackhaugh, Ferniehirst, Stagehall, Stow, Lauder, Leaderfoot + Gattonside.2 It was a nice calm day + sunny in forenoon: dull after + raining at night. The run was a little over 40 miles + I had not been between Blackhaugh + Ferniehirst, nor from Stow to Lauder for many years.3 The roads were very heavy in places. I saw snow on Windlestraw Law.4

1 Thomas Stenhouse (about 1865-1929), gardener, living with his first wife Christina Boa Stenhouse née Brown (1871-1926) at Allanlea, Caddonfoot, Selkirkshire [1920 Valuation Roll].

2 Caddonfoot, grid reference NGR NT448,349, Clovenfords, NT449,364, Blackhaugh, NT423,383, Ferniehirst, NT445,417, Stagehall, NT453,444, Stow, NT463,449, Lauder, NT529,478, Leaderfoot, NT578,347 + Gattonside, NT542,350.

3 The Editor once cycled on a heavy two-speed bicycle from Stow to Lauder and remembers that the climb out of Stow was very trying.

4 Windlestraw Law, 659m, north of Walkerburn, grid reference NGR NT37128,43091.

[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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