The Cellardyke Echo – 26/8/2021 – Issue 302


About four o’clock on Tuesday morning, Margaret Doig, residing in Dove Street, Cellardyke, was found dead in bed by her sister. She resided with her sister, and on Monday complained of being sick. The slyer rose during the night, and noticed that Margaret was breathing heavily, but nut caring to waken her she went to bed again. Shortly afterwards she found her dead. On the doctor being called the cause of death was certified to be haemorrhage on the brain. She was 62 years of age, and unmarried.


Gallant rescue from Drowning at Aberdeen Harbour

A correspondent writes to an Aberdeen paper:—Having seen no notice taken of the incident I am about to narrate perhaps you will allow space for it in your valuable paper. On 15th July last while two young girls were walking along Pocra Pier the youngest one, aged seven years, fixed her foot on a ring and fell into the harbour. As no one was near, the little girl struggled in the water for some time, and then sank. Coining to the surface again, her companion ran along the quay and gave the alarm. A fisherman named William Smith (Melville), who at the time was engaged taking out his nets, heard the cries of the girl, and at once ran to her assistance, but by the time he reached the spot she was completely exhausted, and again sank. Smith, having on his sea boots and oilskins at the time, got hold of a boat, and thus succeeded in getting the little girl safe on land. The girl was taken to a house in Footdee, where she received every attention. On her recovering her name was found to be Jane Johnstone, residing in Schoolhill. Great praise is due to Mr Smith for his gallantry, especially as this is the third life he has saved within the last four months. Besides giving him praise, I think he ought to be awarded the Humane Society’s medal.


Wednesday was observed as a holiday in Anstruther and Cellardyke—in the latter place the closing of the shops being a weekly practice as long as the boats continue the north. The town, however, was little altered, so quiet is the aspect of everything and everybody. The number of summer visitors staying in the district is about the same last year; but the number of people taking tour round the burghs is greater than ever. Colinsburgh Horticultural Show attracted a good few pleasure-seekers, but many contented themselves with round of the golf course, upon which interesting match took place at the close of the day.

The Fishing Season.— The herring fishing has been prosecuted with fair success ; but the weather and prices had an adverse tendency. A strong gale set in on Friday, and many boats came for shelter, including a few strangers. Only 25 crans in all were landed, and like quantity on Saturday. The storm continued on Monday, but few crews set out to try the Firth, with the result that the Sovereign landed 35 barrels at 17s 6d, one yawl 4 ½ at 25s, and another boat later on 40 crans 5s. After the gale dropped, the others sailed on Tuesday. The northern fishing, about which so high hopes were entertained on its opening, has so far proved failure for most of the fishermen. Takes there are of from £300 to £500, and even £600; but by far the largest portion of the fleet are yet between £50 and £100, and several under that, which they have landed as high as 400 crans. The Fife boats, however, are no worse than their neighbours, the trawlers also capturing enormous quantities, but sharing in the ridiculous prices so general at Aberdeen. The liners at St Monans and Anstruther are to be launched on the 22nd and 27th inst. respectively.


On Wednesday morning the boat Alices, of Cellardyke, KY 1676 (John Bett, skipper), fishing at Aberdeen, got her mast broken while at sea by steamer crossing her stem. The Alices was riding by her nets, with her mast on the crutch, and projecting over the stern, and her rudder unshipped.

The lights were up, but the steamer —the Rita of Copenhagen, on a voyage to Fraserburgh—had not, it is believed, given the boat wide enough berth, sailing close past her stern and carrying away part of the mast. The Rita stood Captain Belt till got his nets hauled, and afterwards towed the Alices into Aberdeen bay and signalled for tug.


On Wednesday afternoon, while Mary Pattie, 12 years of age, daughter of Alex. Pattie, Cellardyke, was sitting at the door-step of her father’s home in Forth Street, an empty cart which was standing till the west of the door, was knocked down by a young boy. The shaft lighted upon her right leg, breaking it above the ankle.


At West Forth Street. Cellardyke, on the 24th instant, the wife of Skipper William Motion (McRuvie), of a daughter.

At 30 Rodger Street. Cellardyke, the 25th instant, the wife of David Carstairs, fisherman, of a son

At 16 Shore Street, Cellardyke, on the 28th instant, the wife of Alex. Brown, fisherman, of a son.

ASSAULT IN A PUBLIC HOUSE.—At a Burgh Court on Monday, before Provost Anderson, John Pitt, publican, Cellardyke, was charged with having on the 2nd August, in the public house at East Shore, Anstruther, occupied by Thomas Dunsire, assaulted John Elder, fish hawker, Cellardyke, by striking him with his clenched fists several severe blows on the eye and other parts of his person. Accused admitted his guilt, but with great provocation.

The Fiscal said it was a very unprovoked assault. Elder had gone into the public house where accused and another party were playing at dominoes. Elder made the remark that he would play the winner, and he was told with a curse to go to the door. Without anything further accused seized him by the throat, and struck him several severe blows on the eye to the effusion of blood. Accused said the beginning of this case was a few days before this, when Elder came up to him at Mr Jarvis’ woodshed and called him a lot of bad names, which he was ashamed to repeat. But being drunk he did not chastise him then. Had the police been there he would have been taken up for breach of the peace. He had been provoked several times by Elder, and he deserved to be chastised. He admitted he was wrong in taking the law into his own hands. The Provost—Especially in another party’s house. Accused—But it was more than flesh and blood could stand. The Provost—it was a great pity to commit an assault of that kind in a licensed house, and you will be fined 10s or seven days.

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