The Cellardyke Echo – 15/6/2016


Sale of Fish Curers Stock

Anstruther Cellardyke and Crail.

The Whole stock in Trade belonging to the sequestrated estate of the late Peter Davidson, Fish Curer Dundee – Consisting of

800 herring Barrels

120 Barrel Covers

75 tons of Salt

9 rusing tubs

1 herring receiving box

6 baskets

1 Cran measure etc etc

To commence with the sale of salt at the Pier West Anstruther.

Then at Crail

40 Tons of Salt

200 herring barrels


An Important augmentation is in course of being made to the trade of the district by the erection at Cellardyke of a large net factory by the enterprising firm of Messrs Sharpe and Murray. A most convenient site has been fued adjacent to the free church hall, and the construction of the necessary buildings will be commenced forthwith.. There is every likelihood that this new addition to the already extensive business of these spirited gentlemen will prove, as it deserves a profitable and successful business.


We sometime ago reported that one of the Cellardyke fishing boats , having on board a crew of eight persons had been lost at sea, and mentioned that case was calling for public sympathy and aid. We would now recall the attention of our readers to the matter and urge upon them the propriety of contributing to relieve the wants of the bereaved families of Cellardyke.

Henry beat, Skipper Left a wife and four children

Thomas Brown, brother in law to the above, left a wife and two children

Thomas Reid unmarried, brother in law also to the above, left a widowed mother

Andrew Robertson, left a wife and seven children

Thomas Wood, left a wife and three children

Daniel Fleming, left a wife and two children

Francis Montadore, unmarried

Thomas Muir, unmarried

The people of Cellardyke themselves , while willing to do everything in their power to assist the bereaved friends, are of course able to do only a very little, and that little has been made all the more difficult for them from the circumstance that they are at present engaged in raising a considerable sum of money for lifeboat purposes.

A committee for the purposes of raising subscriptions has been formed in Anstruther, of which Messrs Sharp and Murray are secretaries, to whom charitable contributions may be sent.


A singular scene occurred the other day at Cellardyke, where an old tenement near the harbour, being in the course of demolition, one of the tenants, a hopeful daughter of Eve’s that has rejoiced over half a century in single blessedness – maintained possession of her apartment, defiant alike of the entreaties of friends and such practical appeals as the stripping of the roof, and the tearing down of beam and rafter. The good natured workmen put the furniture upon the street, but the spinster herself – like the old sailor that hangs onto the last timbers of the sinking ship – stuck to the ruins, and repelled all attempts at dislodgement….  The usual legal warning had been served, but the law, as well as the weather had no terrors for the resolute lady, who kept her own until the last plank had been torn from the floor of her stronghold, but even then, though her position was carried, it was not surrendered, as from first to last she plied the artillery of a fiery tongue with a courage and constantly worthy of a better fate. While the work of demolition was going on a narrow escape was made by the slater and his assistant, who fell through the rotten rafters. The assistant tumbled to the next storey but, fortunately for life and limb, he alighted upon the bed of the tenacious tenant; and although “ the tailor fell through the bed, Thumbles an a’ “

The mishap was altogether harmless.


We understand that Messrs Sharp and Murray the well-known general Merchants of Cellardyke have just purchased the extensive and eligible fish curing premises in the East Green of Anstruther, erected and occupied for some years by Mr Walter Ireland of Buckhaven. The premises may be regarded as a model of their kind and in the present low state of  the trade they realise a rental of £50, but the purchase price is understood to be only £600, which is fully £200 less than the outlay in erecting the premises some fourteen years ago.

Skipper Alexander Watson of Cellardyke landed no fewer than twenty one score of skate amongst the take he sold at Dundee.

On Tuesday last the deep sea going boat Charm of Cellardyke presently hired b y a Pittenweem crew with Mr Thomas Anderson as Skipper found that a large number of their lines had been untied and taken away. The crew having every reason to suspect the Belgian smack No 161 made sail towards her, when they found the foreigners busy with a deck full of fish…….


Numbering the houses in Cellardyke, The police commissioners are about to take steps to have the houses numbered, so that every residence may be readily traced out and recognised in whatever part of our long and somewhat intricate streets it may be situated…. In Cellardyke there is a curious singularity of names. For instances, in the voters lists for the last year there were seven James Watsons, and five David Watsons and five James Smiths. But here the custom is to add the wives’ name by way of distinction, though no little trouble, inconvenience, and, we may add, vexation, will be saved by the houses being numbered, as agreed by the Police Commissioners.


As the deep sea going boat the ‘Sovereign’  of Cellardyke, Skipper John Barclay was out on the fishing cruise last week the crew observed a foreign built skiff adrift some 125 miles seaward of the Isle of May. There was a ‘ride-tow’ that is a small line which, with a sufficiently heavy stone is used as an anchor at the hand line fishing, found on board, from which the boat appears to have been so employed on the Lothian shore till she had drifted to sea during the gale. Skipper Barclay brought the boat, which was unnamed and unmarked into Anstruther harbour, where she now lies in charge of Mr Keay, the Deputy Receiver of Wrecks.


We understand that in giving up the drapery branch of his widely developed business, Mr John Gilchrist of the steam show company , Cellardyke, has disposed of his stock to townsman Mr John Marr, Draper. The transfer price we hear was ten shillings in the pound, and the value in what may be described as the household outfit department is about £200.

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