The Cellardyke Echo – 10/11/2022 – Issue 364


NEW BAKING ESTABLISHMENT. THOMAS SWINTON, BAKER, CELLARDYKE, respectfully informs the Public of that place and District, that he has now Opened that Shop, 25 Shore Street, Cellardyke, for so long tenanted by Mr Alex. Donaldson, where he intends to carry on the Business of a BAKER in all its various branches. T. S. trusts that, by bestowing careful attention on his business, and selling Goods of the finest quality, he may receive a share of public support.

GREAT TERM SALE BOOTS, SHOES, AND SLIPPERS ALEX. WILSON’S, 31 JAMES STREET. CELLARDYKE. HAVING just received delivery of First Consignment of his AUTUMN and WINTER STOCK, A. W. desires to call the attention of his numerous Customers and the Public generally to the excellent value he is able to offer them. For extent, variety, and excellence of quality his Stock is unsurpassed in the East of Fife and Customers will find it much to their advantage to call and examine the same before purchasing elsewhere.

Undernoted are a few of my leading lines: —

Ladies’ Dress Slippers, from 1/11—extra value.

Ladies’ Strong Elastic Sided Boots, from 3/6 to 7/6.

Ladies’ Buttoned Kid Boots, from 6/9 to 13/6.

Ladies’ Kid Load Boots, from 7/6 to 12/6.

Ladies’ Lorne Shoes, from 4/8 to 6/6.

Ladies’ Strong Laced Boots, from 5/6 to 9/6.

Gent’s Dress Shoes, 7/6.

Gent’s Dress Boots, 10/6.

Gent’s Lorne Shoes, from 6/6to 12/6.

Gent’s E. S. Boots, 6 /6, 7/6, and 8/6—extra value.

Gent’s Strong E. S. Boots 9/6 to 17/6.

Gent’s Lacing Boots, from 7/6 to 16/6.

Navvies’ Strong Waterproof Boots, from 7/6.

Boys’ and Girls’ School Boots, from 2/9.

Ladies’ House Slippers, from 10 ½ d per pair.

Ladies’ House Boots, from 2/9 per pair.

Children’s Boots and Slippers in endless varieties, from 6 ½ d per pair.

To Fishermen. Sea Boots, Long, H and Made, extra value, from 30/.

Fishermen’s Wellington Boots, extra value, from 9/6.

Fishermen’s Blutcher Boots extra value, from 5/6.

Boots and Shoes Repaired on the shortest notice, at the following reduced prices:—

Ladies’ Boots or Shoes Soled & Heeled, from 1/9 p. pr.

Gents Boots or Shoes, Soled & Heeled, from 2/6


An Early Call respectfully solicited.


On Saturday morning, the dead body of Elisabeth Jack or Thomson, wife of James Thomson, fisherman, Cellardyke, was found at the bottom of the deep cliff of rocks at the Billowness ‘ at a point right below the Kirklatch. Deceased had gone to Pittenweem the previous night, but little is known as to the hour at which the accident occurred. It is supposed, however, that on her way home at a late hour she mistook the May light for some other, and had wandered off the public road and walked over the cliff, which is fully 60 feet high. Death must have been instantaneous. A young man, residing in West Anstruther, was taking a walk over the Billowness, when he saw the body lying among the rocks. He lost no time in communicating with the police, who soon arrived at the spot. The body was examined by Dr Flaxman, Pittenweem who found that the neck and other parts had been broken by the fall, and it was afterwards conveyed to Cellardyke. Mrs Thomson was about fifty-five years of age, and was well known in the district. (another paper suggests this was suicide and that she stated to her sister on leaving the house at Pittenweem that “she would never see her alive again”)


A Singular Adventure

Alexander Cunningham and Family in Australia

The Melbourne mail has just brought some interesting details to the East of Fife. This is especially the case with regard to that Robinson Crusoe of our day—Captain Alex. Cunningham, late Anstruther (Cellardyke Boat Builder), who, with no one so much to turn the grindstone or blow the bellows, built and launched the tidy little trader of 70 tons, which now navigates all alone between Swan River and the city. The little smack sailed with as many loads of timber on the 2nd September. “You ought to wear a life-belt,” said an old Cellardyke acquaintance, William Doig, to the Captain. A joyous laugh was the only  answer as the mainsail filled to the breeze, and like a bird on the wing, the little craft flew on the moonlight sea till by-and-by the treacherous calm was succeeded by a dreadful typhoon. But the presence of mind, as well ingenuity, of the Captain did not forsake him. His anchors were the sport of the storm, but he prepared a novel kind of drag by fastening iron bolts into many lengths of chain so as to hold like birds’ claws on the bottom. But where is the human arm that can fight the hurricane? And the Captain could only wait, as the brave man waits for his doom, till he was so far roused by the clang of the breakers on the reef. He tried, as sailors say, first to stay and then to wear, but the canvas flew like gossamer out of the bolt ropes. Another lurch and the surf hissed in his ear. He turned to for the last time on sea and sky, when—No!—Yes !— there, under lee of the mainsail on the starboard side, was the red buoy on Coles Bank. It was far to windward, but I can at least try, he thought, and with an energy born of despair he threw his grapnel.  A wild cheer almost escaped his lips, for singular to tell one of the claws had caught the iron ring in the neck of the buoy which, scarce breathing the while with his critical task, he drew near as to fasten the smack securely with hawser and chain. But new terror flushed his mind. Was it possible that the moorings of the buoy could stand the fearful ordeal to which they were now exposed, and so as one on the brink of with the spindrift flying in drenching showers over his head, he waited for hours till, providentially, the gale blowing past, he recovered his tackle, and bore away the voyage. But this is not all. He arrived in such a fortunate turn of the market as to sell his cargo at the profit of 100 per cent.


CELLARDYKE FOOTBALL MATCH AT LOWESTOFT—CAXTON CLUB v. CELLARDYKE BLUE JACKETS (SCOTCH Fishermen) –This match, played at Beccles on Saturday last, was a very hard-fought struggle from start to finish. It was seen from the play of the few Blue Jackets, who assisted Lowestoft the week before, that their whole team would be a hard nut to crack; and so it proved, they being a most dashing lot, and their kicking and ” heading ” extremely good. Caxton had three other games going at the same time, and this would seem to point to the fact that they had a strong team in the field. A glance at the teams, however, will show that quite half a dozen of the leading players were absent and to add to this an unwarrantable and unsportsmanlike “call off” at the last moment hampered Caxton considerably, a back having to be taken from the second team to fill the vacancy. The finish of the first half saw Caxton leading by a goal (kicked by Hockey), and the second had some way advanced before the fishermen equalised matters. Their success caused them to play up with even greater dash than before. Twenty minutes before time they had a goal to the good, and some sharp play near the home goal later on enabled them to score again. The game thus ended in a victory for the Blue Jackets by three goals to one. With about one exception both teams played well. Blue Jackets team—J. Smith, J. Watson, T. Faulkner, D. Doig, T. Doig, forwards; W. Sutherland, J. Cunningham, D. Moncrieff, half backs ; A. Thompson (captain), J. Wilson backs ; M Doig, goal


LEAVING FOR AUSTRALIA. —On Wednesday, Mr James Cunningham, fisherman, Cellardyke, his family, and his son-in-law, Henry Gardiner, left Anstruther station for Australia. A large number of their friends turned out to bid them farewell. Among those present were Provost Martin, Messrs H. Brown, D. Black, C. Carstairs, J. McLeod, and the other teachers at present at home of Forth Street Hall Sunday School. Previous to the train starting, the hymn ” God be with you till we meet again,” was heartily sung. Mr Cunningham replied, and thanked them for turning out to wish him and his family good-bye. He sincerely re-echoed the wish of the hymn just sung.

James Thomson, fish cadger, and James Robertson, fisher, Anstruther, were accused before the magistrates of Cellardyke on Friday with a contravention of the Lindsay Act, in so far as they piled a heap of seaware in James Street, and so obstructed the thoroughfare on the last day of October. They pleaded guilty, and as a warning to others, were fined 5i each, or 7 days in jail.

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