The Cellardyke Echo – 23/6/2022 – Issue 344



Cyclists Collide. — On Saturday afternoon, while two cyclists named Dick and Myles, belonging to Cellardyke, were cycling through West Viewforth, another cyclist, said to be a farmer, was coming east. Myles and the farmer came into collision, the former being bruised on the hands and legs, while both machines were rendered unfit for present use. The case is likely to be more heard of yet.

David Ross, fish hawker, Cellardyke, was charged with having on Saturday, 16th instant, in the lodging house in Card’s Wynd, occupied by Mrs Mayes, committed a breach of the peace by cursing and swearing, making a great noise, and challenging one of the male lodgers to fight. He pled guilty. The Fiscal said the police heard the noise in another street while on duty, and on going to Card’s Wynd they saw a large crowd outside the lodging house. On going inside the lodging-house accused was found with his coat off, challenging one of the male lodgers to fight. He was cautioned and warned to leave. Accused—l sold them a few fish that week, and I went up there to see about it. I am in the wrong. I had some drink in me, and when I have drink I am rather quarrelsome, but when sober nobody can say I interfere with them. I hope you will be lenient. The Provost—You have 8 previous convictions against you. You say you had drink, but that is no excuse, and the community is not to suffer because you take drink. You will be fined 15s or 14 days. I hope that as this conviction makes the ninth in your case, you will try and reform and not come back here again.


Sudden Death. —On returning home from church on Sunday afternoon, Mr Andrew Ireland, Cellardyke, suddenly expired. He was in his 88th year. He was a joiner to trade, and had been in business for more than 60 years in Cellardyke.

A FIFE ACTION. DAMAGES ASSESSED AT £20.- Sheriff Armour, Cupar, yesterday issued judgment the slander action for £100 raised by Mrs Paton, Blacklaws, Anstruther, with the consent and concurrence of John Paton, jun., farmer, Blacklaws, against Wm. Smith, fisherman, residing at Cellardyke. His Lordship finds it proved the occasion forth in the record the defender slandered the pursuer falsely and maliciously representing that her eldest son was born before marriage. He finds in law that the pursuer is entitled to £20 damages, with expenses.

RESIGNATION or PROVOST THOMSON – At the end of last week, Provost Thomson sent in his resignation as a Councillor and Provost of the burgh of Kilrenny to the Town Clerks. It is understood that the reason of the resignation is the motion carried at the Town Council meeting last week in regard to the dispute relating to the memorial service held in Cellardyke Church for the late Queen Victoria. The majority of the Council apparently held that the parish minister was not asked by the Council to preside, and the Provost argued that as the arrangements for the service were made at a Council meeting, and it was understood that Mr Anderson was to preside, it was equivalent to the Council asking him to do so. The subject was sprung upon the Council at the close of the ordinary business, and led to some lively talk. Bailie Williamson was officially informed of the resignation on Friday by the Town Clerks, no step has as yet been taken in regard to it. The resignation has to lie three weeks before it can be accepted, and any move made to fill the vacancy. Provost Thomson has occupied the civic chair since the summer of 1897, succeeding the late Provost Martin. During his reign several very important schemes have been inaugurated and are still being carried through.


Three Cellardyke boats which have been fishing for the past four weeks on the Donegal coast, arrived home on Saturday. The season was a very poor one, the stormy weather preventing them frequently getting to sea. The earnings were about £50, and the prices sometimes want up to £3 per cran for the herrings, which were of splendid quality. The rest of the Cellardyke boats are to remain for three or four weeks yet in the hope that better weather will enable them to secure more herrings.

On Monday afternoon Mr Miller launched deep sea fishing boat built the order of Skippers John and Andrew Watson, Cellardyke. The extreme length was 68 ½ ft and the vessel was named the Lily by Miss Peebles, a niece of the owners. The boat has been fitted out for all branches of the fishing, and her workmanship and model has given much satisfaction.

CELLARDYKE BOAT ABHORE AT SHETLAND. — The daily papers of Saturday brought the intelligence that the Cellardyke boat Cornucopia, Skipper John Bett, went ashore on Friday on the Wand of Hildasay, while making for Scalloway harbour. There was a strong gale blowing at the time. Small boats went out from Scalloway and rescued the crew. The boat was fortunately got off in the end of the week, for on Monday a telegram was received in Anstruther by his brother, Skipper Henry Bett, to bring an anchor with his boat for the use of the Cornucopia.


A SATURDAY NIGHT BRAWL. —Before all the Magistrates on Saturday. William Stophina Carrol, lodging house keeper, and Robert Keith, carter, Cellardyke, were charged with having on Saturday night, the 13th instant, in High Street, committed a breach if the peace, by using foul and disgusting language, quarrelling with each other, whereby a large crowd was collected. Both pled guilty. The Fiscal said the scene was a most disgraceful one. For about 20 minutes the men used disgusting language to each other, and the police had ultimately to separate them. They were both under the influence of drink. He knew nothing about Carrol’s history, but Keith had a bad record from 1892 on to February last when he was sentenced at Cupar to 30 days. Carrol said Keith was the aggressor, and Keith said he had nothing to say for himself. Carrol was fined 10s or 7 days, and Keith 20s or 14 days, the Magistrates stating that they were determined to put down these Saturday night brawls.

KEEPING A DOG WITLIOUT A LICENSE. – At a J.P. Court in Anstruther on Saturday morning, David Pattie, carter, Cellardyke, was charged with having on 20th March last, kept a dog without taking out a license. Accused pled guilty.

THE LATE MR STEPHEN WILLIAMSON. In the parish churchyard of Thornton Hough, Wirral, the remains of Mr Stephen Williamson, citizen and philanthropist, of the firm of Balfour, Williamson, and Co., of Liverpool, were reverently interred on Saturday afternoon. Many friends from Liverpool attended to pay their tribute of respect. ……. the bells in Chalmers Memorial Church, Anstruther, and in Cellardyke Town Hall were tolled for an hour, while on the different public buildings, and on the liners in the harbours, the flags were flying half-mast. In the Chalmers Memorial Church on Sunday morning, a memorial service was conducted by the Rev. A. G. MacAlpine. The pulpit was draped in black relieved by a strip of purple……


The Clerk submitted the letters which have already been published from Mr Arch. Williamson, Liverpool, offering to present a granite ornamental fountain 10 to 12 feet square, and 14 to 16 feet high as a memorial of his late father. Mr Williamson had since forwarded the following letter: Liverpool, 8th June 1904. Dear Sir, -I duly received your letter of 26th May, and I am gratified to learn that your Council are willing to accept a memorial fountain to be placed upon the site named. I have been waiting to hear farther from you as to the acquiescence of the Harbour Commissioners, who, I note, are also interested in the site. As soon as you can let me know what decision they have arrived at, I shall be obliged if you will inform me. I shall communicate with the architect as to providing a water trough for horses, and this shall be done if it is possible to do so without interfering with the elegance of the design. If there is any difficulty on this score, perhaps an oblong trough could be provided at the side of the pavement near the Cross. —Yours faithfully, Arch. Williamson

Mr Oliphant said he supposed they would only be too glad to give permission for the fountain being erected on their ground. The Chairman said the statement ought to be corrected that not Anstruther but Cellardyke was Mr Williamson’s native place. In the tablet in Cellardyke Town Hall it was stated that Cellardyke was his native town. Mr Oliphant —That’s where amalgamation comes in. (Laughter.) Mr Darsie—Do you think that Mr Williamson means Cellardyke, and that the fountain should be erected there? (Laughter.) The Chairman—Oh no, but this mistake should be rectified. The fountain at the Cross was erected as a memorial of the late Queen Victoria’s jubilee, and I cannot see why you should take it away, and have another erected for quite a different purpose. Mr Bonthron—But the feuars who gave it have given permission for its removal. The Chairman—Still, the fact remains that it was put up as a memorial to Queen Victoria, and Mr Williamson’s fountain could be put elsewhere, the best place being in the Folly opposite Mr Walker’s shop. To remove the present fountain to the east end of Shore Street would be dangerous to traffic as there was not sufficient room at that part for it. Mr Oliphant—If Mr Williamson desires to get this site at the top of the west pier for an ornamental fountain I think we should grant it. The Williamson’ family have done a great deal for Anstruther and Cellardyke, and he was favourable to this site being granted. Mr Bonthron agreed, and said in his opinion this was the only place for it. Mr Darsie said a 12 feet base for the fountain would take up a great deal of room, double the present fountain took up. He would rather have it there than opposite Mr Walker’s shop where it would be surrounded with boxes and barrels in the winter time. Mr Bonthron— The fountain will be a great ornament to the town, and we cannot help it not being given to Cellardyke. (Laughter.) We may send you the present fountain, Provost. The Chairman— We don’t want it in Cellardyke.

It was agreed to give every facility to the fountain being erected, but to insist on the plan being sent to the Board for inspection and approval.

The news came to hand yesterday of the death of Mr George Fowler, late of Cellardyke, at Evansville, America. Mr Fowler was for many years a very successful fishermen, and gave up the fishing a good number of years ago going out, with some of the other members of his family to his son, who has built up a very prosperous business in America. Mr Fowler was in his 80th year, and many friends in Cellardyke will learn with regret of his demise. He was a man of a very quiet disposition, and always held in great respect.

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