Mr Kirkpatrick, Yarrow Manse1 rang me up last night about his sister and I thought I might have to go today but go[t] no further word. It was a dense fog this morning and hard frost. Quite calm N.W. Saw 9 cases walking in Snow Boots which made progression very ticklish[?] + motored to Bowhill where I found Mrs Ordish less well. Got a glass of port from Simpson. Wrote Helen [Muir]. David [Graham, co-partner] came up + dined with me. We had a delicious tender stewed Blackcock, a [illegible] + macaroni cheese. Miss Beust2 has requested me to get the snow off Viewfield roof but I shall wait for Dundas’ opinion about it.
1 The Reverend Roger Sandilands Kirkpatrick (1859-1943), minister of Yarrow 1912 onwards
2 Miss Alexina Margaret Buist (1853-1936) was the tenant of Viewfield (proprietors the executors of James Strathearn Steedman) on the 1906-1918 Valuation Rolls; in the 1911 Census she is noted as aged 57, of ‘private means’ and born Dundee, Forfarshire
[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]