14 May 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Wethered1 amateur champion2 beat Harris3

Wind round to S.W. but no warmer. Cycled straight away to Henderland.4 Took 2h 17½ in going up against the wind + 1h 20 coming back. There was a heavy shower at the Loch + I stopped 14m at Dryhope Bridge5. I rode all the hills. Saw Mitchell improving. Baptie6 delivering accounts. Stamped all the County ones + posted them.7 It was very wet after 4 + rained all evening. Put an advertisement in the Reporter8 calling a meeting of cyclists on Friday in connection with Bicycle Week.9

1 Roger Henry Wethered (1899-1983), English amateur golfer.

2 At the 34th Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, Deal, Kent, Roger Wethered (England) beat Robert Harris (Scotland) 7 and 6 in the final.

3 Robert Harris (1882-1959), Scottish amateur golfer. The runner-up at Cinque Ports, he went on to win the 1925 Amateur Championship at the Royal North Devon Golf Club.

4 Henderland, Megget parish, north of St Mary’s Loch, where Dr Muir has been seeing a patient named James Mitchell (the Editor assumes James Mitchell senior (about 1854-1929), farmer and tenant at Henderland Farm ). For more detail see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 12 May 1923.

5 The Editor guesses that, before continuing along St Mary’s Loch, Dr Muir sheltered at the unnamed bridge at grid reference NGR NT271,243 just below Dryhope, see Ordnance Survey six inch Selkirkshire Sheet XIV.NW, revised 1897, published 1900.

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

7 The Muir and Graham medical co-partnership routinely delivered local post and sent the County communications via the Royal Mail.

8 The Southern Reporter.

9 In 1923, the first week of May was “Bicycle Week.” This was the seventh edition of the annual trade celebration, see Salem Breakfast on Bikes Tuesday, May 2, 2023 ‘Bicycle Week in 1923 Lower Energy than in Previous Years’]. There is a short film of the event here: National Bicycle Week (1923).

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/26, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1923]

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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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