The Cellardyke Echo – 14/04/2022 – Issue 335


WANTED guardian for female patient. Apply Inspector of Poor of Kilrenny, Cellardyke. Fife.


St Andrews

Golden Wedding. —Mr and Mrs George Corstorphine, 40 North Street, have been celebrating their golden wedding. They were married at Cellardyke on the 4th April 1873 by the late Rev. Christie of Kilrenny Parish Church. They have had nine children, three of whom are dead, and they have also 18 grandchildren to honour them in their old age. The old couple, who are still hale and hearty, have received gifts from their family and other friends and also many congratulations on the occasion of the happy event. Mr arid Mrs Corstorphine belonged Cellardyke, and when 18 years old Mr Corstorphine took to the fisherman’s life. He continued at the fishing at Cellardyke till 1890 when he came to St Andrews. He went, the fishing at St Andrews for six or seven veal’s, but with the decay of the fishing industry here he found carrying clubs at the Links provided better livelihood, especially for a man who was getting up in years. Mr Corstorphine is of opinion that the seine net has destroyed St Andrews Bay as a fishing ground, but the steam trawler is one of the chief causes of the decay of the fishing industry here. In his younger days Mr Corstorphine went to the distant herring fishing grounds and for some time was skipper of a boat Stonehaven. Altogether he was 35 years at the fishing, he is one of the best typos of caddies at the Links, and though he is now 74 years of age he can do his two rounds day quite comfortably.  He has been an elder of St Leonards Parish Church for 16 years, and he was church officer for ten years. The minister, elders, and number of members of the congregation of that church have given him a handsome present the occasion of his golden wedding. Mrs Corstorphine is 75 years of age, and does not enjoy quite so good health as her husband. It is the sincere wish of their friends that the interesting old couple may be spared for many years to come.

At the invitation of Lodge St Ayle (No. 1 95), Anstruther, over 200 Freemasons attended Divine service in Cellardyke Parish Church. The brethren assembled in the Masonic Temple, where they were welcomed by Brother D. Birrell, R.W.M. of the Lodge. Lodges represented included St Adrian (No. 185), Pittenweem ; St Andrews (No. 25), St Andrews ; Lindores (No. 106) ; Balcarres (No. 1240), Colinsburgh ; Leuchars (No. 1292) ; and St John (No. 26).

Headed by St Andrews City Silver Band, the brethren marched in processional order via Shore Street, Anstruther, and James Street, Cellardyke, to the church, where the centre pews were reserved for them. The Rev. J. R. Lee. B.D., Chaplain of Lodge St Ayle, officiated, and preached a very appropriate sermon from the text— ” The stone which the builders refused is become the headstone of the corner.” The praise was led the choir, with Miss Oliphant as organist. A special collection was taken on behalf of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and the Sick Children’s Hospital, during which the choir rendered the anthem, Beloved, if God so loved us.”

Returning to the Lodge, congratulatory remarks were made the R.W.M., on the excellent manner in which the service been conducted by the Chaplain, who in reply thanked the brethren for  their attendance and close attention to his remarks, which he hoped would help them carry out the principles of their Order. The visiting brethren were thereafter entertained to tea in the Lower Town Hall.  Brother T. M. Anderson acted as Steward, and the wives and lady friends of the office bearers of Lodge St Ayle assisted at the tables.


Cellardyke Victim of Storm. During the stormy weather which raged in the North Sea on Saturday morning George Jack, fisherman, member of the crew of the steam drifter Breadwinner (KY 253), fell overboard and was lost.

The occurrence was reported by the skipper on the arrival of the vessel at Anstruther on Saturday. The Breadwinner left North Shields for home on Friday evening, and when approaching St Abbs Head, about 12.30 a.m., very stormy weather was encountered. A heavy sea caught the vessel, and Jack, who was on deck, clutched a lifebuoy to save himself. Unfortunately, the lifebuoy came away in his hand, and in the next plunge the drifter made Jack was thrown into the raging seas.

Endeavours the skipper to locate the man was impossible owing to the darkness, and after cruising about in vicinity for a time the vessel was headed for home, and arrived at Anstruther about 5 a.m.

Deceased, who was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs W. Jack (Doig), Burnside Place, Cellardyke, was 36 years age, and leaves a widow and three young children to mourn his loss.


Retiral on Account of Ill Health

Member of the Town Council for twenty five years and Provost of the burgh for twenty-two years is the unique record of Provost Black, Cellardyke, who, in a letter to Kilrenny Town Council, last night intimated his decision to retire from public service owing to ill-health.

Bailie Mitchell, who presided, said that they would miss Provost Black very much. He had been for twenty-five years member of the Town Council and for twenty two years he had served as its head. But it was not only in matters regarding the Town-Council that he had given his services; for fifteen years he was Chairman of Kilrenny School Board, and had also been a member of the Parochial Board. For thirty years he had been a member of Anstruther Harbour Commissioners. Truly, that was a remarkable record of public service.

He (the Chairman) trusted that Provost Black would have an early recovery from his illness, and that he would be able to go out and in amongst them for many a long day yet. He moved that they put record in the minutes the Council’s appreciation and thanks to Provost Black for the time, labour, and thought which he had given in the service of the community (Applause.) Bailie Bett, Councillors Munro, Carstairs, and Downey, and Mr D. Bruce (treasurer) each added quota of appreciation; and the Joint Town Clerk (Mr J. Gordon Dow) referred to the association between the Provost and the Town Clerks, Mr C.H. Maxwell and himself. He used no idle words when he said that the Joint Town Clerks received Provost Black’s resignation with great regret. The appointment a successor is to be considered next meeting.


Thomas Melville, jun., motor driver, 37 John Street, Cellardyke, was convicted of having, at Burnside Place. Cellardyke, driven a motor lorry recklessly and a speed dangerous to the lieges. A young lad, who was waiting on his change at the back of a butcher’s van when the lorry came round the corner, said would have been killed had he not jumped into his gate. A fine of 30s was imposed.

The large fishing boat, Useful ML 6, of Cellardyke, Fife, sprang a leak and foundered off the May Island on the Firth of Forth coast. The crew are safe.

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