Strong W. wind with some blasts of rain. Snow quite gone except for remains of what had fallen from roofs &c + drifts on hills. It has been a very rapid + complete thaw + the river was very swollen. Got wire [telegram] from Hamilton that Helen Patrick died last night. Wrote all the girls to tell them + also Tina. Baptie in bed with severe coryza. Cycled to Faldonside to see Jessie Boyd2. Donned my overalls. Got severe blast. Roads not so heavy as I expected. Called for Norah + took her a box of Millins Bicuits.
1 Helen Muriel Patrick (1880-1919), died 18 November 1919 at Hamilton, Lanarkshire, aged 39; she was the daughter of David Patrick, solicitor, and Christina Robertson Patrick née Rodger and granddaughter of Peter Rodger (1804-1888), of Selkirk, solicitor and local government official
2 Jessie Milne Brack Boyd (1867-1961), of Faldonside, plantswoman and gardener
[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]