About the coldest day this month. Quite dry except a very slight drizzle in the morning + a most bitter N.E. wind + not a ray of sun. [word deleted] Got a wire from H.1 to say the party was coming. In forenoon walked down left bank of Tyne + saw the wonderful remains of the Roman Bridge.2 Gathered a bouquet of blue wild Hyacinths, Cowslips + Forget-Me-Not which I arranged on our table. Helen + Nancy3 with Mrs Mack4 + Miss Waugh5 arrived when I was in my room + Nancy, thinking I had gone to meet them, came to meet me. They came by Humshaugh instead of Barrasford.6 After lunch we saw the camp of Cilurnum7 + motored to the height beyond [illegible words].8 Came back to tea + they left about 6. I went as far as 5 Lane End9 + walked back.
1 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper.
2 Dr Muir has walked upstream on the south east bank of the River North Tyne and reached Chesters Bridge, the Roman bridge over the River North Tyne and very close to the Hadrian’s Wall fort of Cilurnum (Chesters).
3 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter.
4 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk.
5 Miss Waugh was Marion Gentleman Waugh (1877-), matron at Viewfield Nursing Home, Selkirk.
6 The route from the A68 to Chollerford via Humshaugh on the west of the River North Tyne is longer than the route via Barrasford lying on the east.
7 Chesters (Cilurnum or Cilurvum), on Hadrian’s Wall immediately E.S.E. of Corbridge, is most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain.
8 The Editor would welcome feedback on the identity of this location.
9 Five Lane Ends, grid reference NGR NY951,745, where the road from Chollerton meets the A68.
[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/26, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1923]