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Diary entries written during Arthur Linfoot’s holidays in Bowes (1914) and St Andrews (1915), before he joined the RAMC.

9 July 1915; Friday

Got up about 9 o’clock. Fine day. Went round various places, including along the sands. Didn’t read quite so much. Went up the tower again in the afternoon but didn’t see the girl with the brown shoes and stockings1. Had walk over the links and back by the Great Bridge Road last thing.


  1. Possibly the same girl as ALL had met on the tower the previous day

8 July 1915; Thursday

Slept in. Went out about 9.30. Walked along pier and afterwards along the sands to the River Eden. In the afternoon went with Ernie down the subterranean tunnel and the bottle dungeon1 and up St Rule’s† Tower2. A girl spoke to us on the tower. Had a walk at night by myself while Hilda went to the pictures and Ernie minded Moira. Fine day again.


  1. The bottle dungeon is located in St Andrews Castle (A). 

  2. St Rule’s tower: The shorthand is indistinct, but the context confirms the only possible interpretation. St Rule’s tower (B) is located in the  grounds of St Andrews Cathedral but predates it. The tower was originally ascended using ladders between wooden floors, but a stone spiral staircase was inserted in the 18th century.

    See also St Andrews map

7 July 1915; Wednesday

Got up about 6 o’clock and went down to bathe. I went in but Ernie didn’t. Turned out a wild wet day. Read “Sky Pilot”1, had a short walk in the morning, afternoon and at night with Hilda and Moira. Read a bit of Gardiner’s Prophets, Priests & Kings2. Went to pictures at night with Ernie and saw Charlie Chaplin amongst other pictures.


  1. “Sky Pilot”: probably the frontier adventure novel, The Sky Pilot, publ. 1899, by Ralph Connor, nom de plume of Rev. Dr. Charles William Gordon, 1860 – 1937, leader in Presbyterian then United Churches in Canada. ’Sky pilot’ was also Forces slang for ‘padre.’ See also Arthur Linfoot’s Library

  2. Prophets, Priests & Kings”: collection of short biographies, publ. 1908, by Alfred George Gardiner, 1865 – 1946, who also wrote “Pillars of Society”; and “The War Lords”, publ. June 1915, comprising 20 short biographical essays on kings, emperors, politicians, generals & admirals of some 10 combatant nations. See also Arthur Linfoot’s Library

5 July 1915; Monday

Got up at about 6 o’clock and went for a bathe. Grand day again. Went along Kil-­Kel [sic] Braes in the morning and read Poison Island by Quiller-­Couch 1. Went down to the beach in the afternoon and listened to the pierrots a minute or two. Bought a doll for Dorothy. Walked round sea front at night with Ernie.


  1. “Quiller-­Couch”: Arthur Quiller-­Couch, 1863 – 1944, Kt. 1910, Professor of English, Cambridge, 1912; edited ‘Oxford Books of ’: English Verse; English Prose; Ballads; Victorian Verse. Nom de plume “Q”. See also Arthur Linfoot’s Library

4 July 1915; Sunday

Finished reading She. Went to the Baptist chapel in the morning with Ernie. Walked along the golf links in the afternoon. Aggie Froxon and Alec Anderson to tea. Ernie said we were going to Hope Street church1, but we went on to the sea front. Grand night.


  1. Hope Street church: no church by this name now exists, but there is a Hope Park and Martyrs church in St Andrew’s, at the intersection of St. Mary’s Place and Hope Street. See also St Andrews map

2 July 1915; Friday

Resting so didn’t get a bathe. Up about 9 o’clock. British torpedo destroyer “Lightning”1 damaged by mine or submarine. Walked round by Mount Melville 2 in the afternoon. Had walk with Ernie at night.


  1. HMS Lightning was a Janus class destroyer of the British Royal Navy, later designated an A-class destroyer, built by Palmers (itself the principal target of the Zeppelin raid recorded on 15 June) and launched in 1895. She was sunk by a mine laid by submarine UC-1 on 30 June. 

  2. Mount Melville Estate, now Craigtoun Country Park. See also St Andrews map