A dark calm day with continuous fog. Had planned an excursion to the Eildons walking, but Jean and Helen went to Edin[burgh] and on the day was quite unclear for a view. Jack & I cycled to Muirhouselaw and saw his [heavy] horses and then came home by Clarilaw. Naval engagement off Dutch coast between the light cruiser Undaunted with the destroyers Lance, Lennox, L[oyal] and L[egion] and four German destroyers in which all the latter were sank with most of their crews*.
* On 17 October 1914 a patrol by the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla Harwich Force encountered a squadron of German torpedo boats off Texel, comprising four boats of the 7th Half Flotilla, which they destroyed.