The Cellardyke Echo – 20/6/24 – Issue 447


CELLARDYKE. -A gentleman in this neighbourhood had business lately at Balgonie, and set off on his journey at 11 o’clock, evening. He mistook his road at Pitcorthie Dykes, and travelled toward Newton of Balcormo, where, having  some misgivings as to whether he was right, knocke, straught on ,” was the answer, and a•ay .he , V>d at the door of a house and enquired if he was on the road to Largo? “Aye , Straught on”  was the answer, and away he went eastward. On reaching Ovenston his suspicions began to trouble him, and to make sure work, rapped at a door and enquired if this was the “richt” road to Largo. “Aye. Straught on” was the reply. Off again he set to the east and reached Anster instead of Largo at daybreak


AN OLD STORY. Old grandmother Lothian, who was born at Cellardyke ln 1714 and died in 1804, aged 90 yean, 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 hankerchief 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


Cellardyke – Mr Alexander Nicholson, contractor for repairing and improving the harbour of this place, finished work on Saturday Last. The improvement will be of great benefit to the fishermen and others having to load or unload goods at the harbour.


More Departures for Australia

The greatest number of emigrants that left this neighbourhood since the commencement of the “Exodus” was on Saturday last. A gentleman who witnessed their departure informs us that, between old and young he counted fifteen on the deck of the Xantho Steamer, on their way to Glasgow. Among them were – George Duncan, baker, wife and two children from Crail. George Brown Ploughman, wife and three children, from Kingsbarns; William Watson and John Brown, fishermen from Cellardyke. The greater part of the above are to embark on board the ship Ivanhoe, Captain William Henderson which is advertised to sail this week.

The Barque – Margaret Poynter, is advertised to sail from the Clyde for the same destination on Tuesday the 7th inst, and it is somewhat remarkable that the whole of her commanders are East of Fife men, – Captain Walter Nichol is from Cellardyke, Thomas Waterston, the first mate, belongs to East Anster and James Thomson second mate, is from Pittenweem; we believe the two fishermen named above go by the Margaret Poynter

The Messrs Murray who left Anstruther last week, take with them a two story iron house and shop, which was built for them in Glasgow, and can be taken down and screwed together and a very short time.


Cellardyke – We understand that Mr David Fowler, merchant, is about to join his friends in Adelaide, South Australia. A letter recently arrived from Mr James Fowler jnr, which speaks very highly of the climate, general appearance, and future prospects of the country


Cellardyke – on Saturday last a chimney took fire, the sparks from which ignited the thatch of two houses in the neighbourhood, and at one time the fire assumed a serious appearance; but fortunately, a number of men were at hand with a plentiful supply of water and the fire was speedily subdued. This ought to be a warning to those who are foolhardy enough to risk what little they possess rather than pay the annual sum of about 5s. which would insure their properties against fire to the sum of £100

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