The Cellardyke Echo – 8/7/2021 – Issue 295


Mr FOWLER, ARTIST.–Mr Fowler of Liverpool who has been residing at Cellardyke for a week or two, has since his arrival been very busy transferring to canvas, many choice bits of scenery, chiefly between Cellardyke and Caiplie. Those who are fortunate enough to obtain a view of them will be more than delighted, as it is seldom that an artist of his calibre visits the East of Fife district. In most of his pictures done here, Mr Fowler has caught the sea on this coast in its holiday moods, and one can fancy even looking at them, that they sparkle and flash, and bring with them the smell of the salt, salt sea.’ Those who can appreciate genuinely artistic work should endeavour to see them, or better still secure one for themselves.

MR JOHN MONTADOR, son of the late Mr John Montador, (Watson), Cellardyke, has passed his examination at Dundee for Second Mate. He is in the Ship “Eaton Hall “

Cellardyke Fisherman Drowned Hartlepool.—James Watson, fisherman, Cellardyke, one of the crew of the steam liner Anster Fair, was drowned on Saturday night at Hartlepool. The Fair had been fishing at that port all week, and was very successful. Watson was last seen at ten o’clock on Saturday night, when several of the crew left him and retired for the night, he promising to follow soon after. It was Sunday morning ere the crew became aware that had never been in bed the whole night. A search was at once made, and his body was seen floating upright about a foot from the surface. Life had by then been extinct for a few hours. The body was brought to Anstruther in the liner Tuesday morning and taken to deceased’s residence in Cellardyke. He has left a widow and nine of a family. He was 46 years of age, and he had been a most successful and enterprising fisherman.


THE LATE PROVOST MARTIN, KILRENNY. The funeral of the late Provost Martin took place last Friday to Kilrenny Churchyard amid many manifestations of sorrow. Flags were hoisted half-mast high in Anstruther and Cellardyke, while the shops in the latter place were closed for two hours. The bell in Cellardyke Church tolled a notified peal. The funeral was one of the largest seen in the district for many years. Fully 150 fishermen attended, and relays of them carried the coffin shoulder-high from St Ayles Crescent, Anstruther, to Williamson Street, Cellardyke, where it was transferred to the hearse. The cortege was preceded by the members of Kilrenny Town Council, all of whom were present, followed the coffin which was of polished oak and brass mountings, the mourners, the fishermen, about 50 members of the late Provost’s Bible Class, and the general public, who largely attended, followed by about a dozen machines. On arriving at the Churchyard, the remains were carried to the grave by the elders of Anstruther Free Church, his colleagues. A short service was conducted, Rev. Mr Macalpine reading a few passages of Scripture, prayer by Rev. Mr Gregory, Kilmalcolm, singing of a hymn by the Bible-class, and the benediction by Rev. Mr Jackson, Crail. Some pretty wreaths were sent, including one from the Town Council with the following inscription: ‘ A tribute of affection from his colleagues in the Town Council of Kilrenny.’ From his employees, the wreath bore the following :–” A tribute of respect and esteem to a worthy master from his workers.” The coffin plate bore the simple in script ion of the name, dates of birth and death of deceased. The funeral was a moat impressive sight, and was witnessed by large crowds of people all along the route.

The furniture of the old Infant School was exposed by public roup on Wednesday by Mr Bonthron, and realised £3 15s

THE. GEELONG ADVERTISER of June 2d has the following:—The sea-going qualities of the cutter Earl of Hopetoun, which has just returned from a deep sea fishting cruise, were fully tested by the terrific weather experienced in the Straits on the 15th ult. When the disturbance occurred the little vessel was 32 miles N.N E. of Care Wickham, but warned by the rapid fall of the barometer, Captain Cunningham had sailed closed reefed and weathered the gale, which brought him quickly in sight of the King’s Island light, shining bright and clear 23 miles off, After a severe buffeting the. Earl of Hopetoun got under the lee of New Year’s Island. Captain Cunningham is a native of Cellardyke. (Alexander Cunningham who previously had been a boat builder in Cellardyke)


GOOD OPENING FOR BAKER. TO LET, That Commodious BAKERY, at 25 Shore Street, Cellardyke, where a good business was long carried on by the late Mr Donaldson. The bakehouse and oven are in good condition; there is a large flour loft; convenient shop and 3 roomed house. Entry may be had any time after 1st August. Apply to Alex Marr Grocer.

Mr John Montador, son of the late Mr John Montador (Watson) has passed the Board of Trade as first mate at Aberdeen He served under Captain Lowrison in the Eaton Hall,

At the presentation of prizes at Aberdeen Navigation School on Saturday, Mr John Doig, son of Skipper Mitchell Doig of the S.S. Faith, gained the third prize, a book on astronomy, with 98 per cent. The class consisted of 26 fishermen.


The inventory of the personal or movable estate and effects of the late Mr John Ritchie, formerly fish-curer, Cellardyke. thereafter residing St Ayle’s Crescent, Anstruther, has also been lodged. The total amount the estate is £1308 13s 5d, and the Estate Duty £45 2s 9d.

AN OLD STORY. Old grandmother Lothian, who was born at Cellardyke In 1714, and died in 1804, aged 90 years, used to relate the following curious occurrence, which happened in Kilrenny Kirk one Sabbath afternoon while she was there:—A sailor named John Smith, who had been long on board a Man-of-War, came home and got married to a gay young lass, who before twelve months had fled brought him a fine boy. At that time, as at the present day, it was customary to take the child to the Kirk to be baptised. John was proud of his young son, and invited several of his neighbours in Cellardyke to the christening. The whole party went up to the Kirk with the child, and when the ceremony was to be performed, the young woman who carried the child, not being properly initiated, placed its head on the wrong arm. John held up his first-born bravely, having no suspicion that there was anything amiss. When the Minister looked over the pulpit and saw the mistake, he told John to change its position. John, not understanding what he meant, only moved the child a little to one side, when the Minister said, “That will not do yet John.” The seaman looked up to his Reverence with an air of surprise, and inquired—” What, then, shall I capsize it, or turn it end for end?” Minister—” None of your sea phrases here, John.” Odds bodken,” said John; “if you have any objections to the job, I will put him in a handkerchief and go to Crail, I know the road.” Fortunately, the midwife was among the party, who had experience in that way, saw the mistake, and placed the infant in the proper position on John’s arm, when all went on smoothly.

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