The Cellardyke Echo – 6/5/2021 – Issue 285


Anstruther. Furious Driving.

At the Burgh Court of West Anstruther on Monday-Bailies Darsie and Dougal on the bench

David Brown, who was convicted on Saturday in Cellardyke, was charged with furious driving to the danger of the lives of the lieges on the High Street on the evening of Wednesday last. He pleaded guilty, and after receiving a suitable admonition from Bailie Darsie, he was sentenced to a fine of 5s, or eight days’ imprisonment.

A lover in Burgh Court

The magistrates of Kilrenny held a court on Saturday, when David Brown, carter, Anstruther, appeared before them charged with having committed a breach of the peace, and also with malicious mischief, at the house of Thos. Pringle, cooper, on the previous Monday evening. According to the evidence adduced, the panel was in the habit of paying his addresses to a young woman residing in the house, but on the evening in question he had been so much more the devotee of Bacchus than of Cupid, that the attempt to reach his ” ladye love’s bower” he had fallen on the stair, which had there and then become to him the friendliest couch, but in trying, we may presume, to find out the softest place in the steps, he had attracted the landlord, Thomas Pringle, to the spot, who in attempting to dislodge him with a poker had to some degree tasted the truth of the old proverb, ‘It’s best to let sleepin’ dogs lie,” for Brown, after disarming his assailant, had raised such an outcry as alarm the whole neighbourhood, and by way of finish up had smashed in two panes of the landlord’s windows. The panel pleaded not guilty, and tried to throw the blame on Thomas Pringle for using the poker, but after hearing the witnesses, the magistrates found the charge fully proven, and sentenced Brown to a fine of 10s 6d, or ten days’ imprisonment.

Harbour Commission.

The monthly meeting of this Board was held on Monday evening – Provost Todd in the chair. The minutes of last meeting were read, but those of interim special meeting were reserved as strictly private. The treasurer then submitted his usual statement of the monthly revenue of the harbour, being for the period from 21st March to 20th April, according to which the various receipts had yielded a total of £68 5s 0 1/2d, being an increase of £7 10s 8d as compared with the corresponding month of last year. The Board then made the usual arrangements for the letting of the curing and boat stations. The treasurer then reported that the “pauls” used in beaching the boats on the west shore were to great extent unserviceable, when he was instructed to have the same renewed or repaired, as might be found necessary. The treasurer also reported that Skipper William Watson (Jack), of Cellardyke, had landed his fish at that harbour, and then driven the same for sale on the quay here, but unlike the other skippers in such a case, he refused to pay the ordinary fish rates on the ground “that it was a new thing,” and not competent for the Commissioners to levy the dues. The Clerk read the provisions of the Harbour Act as to the levying of the dues, by which it was declared that all goods were chargeable whether ” shipped or unshipped, received or de livered,” on the piers and other works of the harbour. The meeting was of opinion that Skipper Watson’s objection was fully and explicitly met in the latter definition. The Clerk suggested a prosecution, but Bailie Sharp said that this was quite unnecessary, as he would take opportunity to meet with and explain the matter in a friendly way to Skipper Watson, and this course was unanimously approved of.


Cellardyke – Disturbing the Peace

Thomas Lindsay, sometime a shoe maker, but present fisherman in Pittenweem was placed at the bar of the Bailie Court on Saturday last, charged with having committed a breach of the peace, by being drunk and disorderly, and with threatening to fight with Robert Moncrieff fisherman, about the midnight of Saturday, the 13th ultimo, to which he pleaded guilty, and after reprimand by Provost Martin, was sentenced to a fine of 10s 6d, or ten days in jail. We may state that for some time past it has been habit of young Pittenweem scamps to parade the streets of Cellardyke, insulting the peaceful neighbours and trying to instigate a quarrel with all and sundry hey met. It is no rare thing, indeed, for the solemn silence of the Sabbath morning to be interrupted by their drunken shouts, and with such blatant doggerel chorus as

 “Our game shall be,

Down with the Dykers as we go,”

and various encounters had actually occurred; but the salutary severity with which, as in this case, our public spirited magistrates have dealt with offenders, will, there is reason to believe, effectually scotch out the nuisance.

Nine Cellardyke fishing boats left this week to prosecute the herring fishing at Barra, on the west coast. Some of them are engaged at 9s per cran for this month,. And 16s for the remainder of the season, and the others at 15s per can for the whole time.


The East Anstruther Bailies held Criminal Court on Tuesday last, when Robert Christie, carter, Cellardyke, pleaded guilty to having committed assault on Alexander Carmichael, also carter in Cellardyke, during some contention about “turns” on the pier the previous Wednesday, which he pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to fine of 7s 6d. James Thomson, another hopeful knight of the whip, from the Queen of fishing towns, was charged with furious driving along the west end of the High Street on the Fest-day. Thomson pleaded that he was no more guilty than his neighbours, but on the evidence Constable David Gordon and Bailie Robert Brodie, he was convicted of the charge and sentenced, as in the case of his towns fellow, to a fine of 7s.


At a Burgh Court held here on Tuesday—all the Magistrates being present—Margaret Inglis or Wilson, a widow, and Agnes Wilson, her daughter, were charged with assaulting Jacobina Scott or Montodore, wife of John Montodore, fisherman, on the 28th ult. They pleaded not guilty, and five witnesses were examined on each side, from whose evidence it appeared that two dogs—one of them belonging to Montodore and the other to the accused – had been fighting on the street below Montodore’s house, and in order to separate them Mrs Montodore threw a pitcher containing some water at them. The panels alleged that the pitcher was thrown at Mrs Wilson, and on Mrs Montodore coming to the street she was attacked by the panels, one of whom tore her ‘ mutch’ off her head. The dogs meanwhile continued their battle, the result being that one of them got an eye nearly torn out. The Magistrates found the charge proven, and fined them 3s 9d each. The case, which lasted nearly an hour, attracted a large audience of men and women.

Alarming Fire at Cornceres

The fine farm house of Corn Ceres- the most picturesque homestead in the East Neuk, narrowly escaped being destroyed by fire on Tuesday week. It appears that one  of the chimney flues had taken fire, and that, all unperceived and unsuspected, the burning soot had lodged in the cavity of the double ridge till it had ignited the ‘ tinder dry’ wooden grating overlying the gutter, which, melting the lead, gave the flames ready access to the timber work of the roof. Happily at this crisis a burning smell was felt by a domestic, who at once gave the alarm to the people of the farm, who, by lucky chance, were work in the thrashing mill, when willing hands lost no time in crowding to the rescue. Strength and zeal, however, might have been all unequal to arrest the progress of the fire, which was now rising in a dense canopy of smoke and flame, the veteran Cellardyke builder, Andrew Duncan, ascended the roof, and with all the vigour and agility of youth, stripped away the slates, when flames being thus unbosomed the copious stream of water, which resolute hands played upon them, the fire was subdued Justas the rafters had come within the devouring embrace. Bring thus in time the damage was restricted the section the roof where the fire originated; but under the circumstances much praise is due to the farm workers, both men and women, for their brave and willing aid. Nor should we forget to state that the preservation of the beautiful homestead was largely due to the presence of mind and well-directed exertions of David Gray, Esq., Rennyhill, who, by singular good fortune, chanced at the time to be calling on his brother, Mr William Gray, the respected farmer of Corn Ceres .

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