The Cellardyke Echo – 4/7/24 – Issue 449


CELLARDYKE. GOOD TEMPLAR FUNERAL.— The late William Muir, fisherman, being a member of the order of Good Templars, his funeral on Friday last was attended by a large proportion of the brethren composing the Guiding Star and Union Lodges. The brethren first met in the Town Hall, where a short service took place, and afterwards proceeded to the house of the deceased, where a procession was formed. The members of the order, who had a piece of crape on their arms, walked four abreast in front of the hearse, and on arriving at the churchyard formed a circle round the grave with joined hands. Here Bro. James Brown, the district deputy, read the ritual composed for such occasions; and the body having been lowered into its last resting-place, a hymn was sung, and the assemblage dispersed. The deceased was only 36 years of age, and leaves a widow and six young children.

THE HARBOUR WORKS – A meeting of Cellardyke fishermen was held in the Town Hall of Cellardyke on Wednesday evening. There was a good attendance, and Bailie Watson was requested to take the chair. It was explained that the meeting had been called in order that the fishermen might consider what steps, if any, should be taken in reference to the present unsatisfactory harbour accommodation at Anstruther. A draft petition, which had previously been circulated among the owners of boats, was then taken up, and gone over seriatim. The discussion which took place showed that the fishermen as a rule continue to hold an opinion, which they have expressed all along, against the entrance to the old harbour being closed. Only one man at the meeting was in favour of that being done, but all the others present were so unanimous in favour of the entrance being only narrowed that he subsequently signed the petition. The memorial, which was drawn up and printed by Captain Rodger of Glasgow, a gentleman who continues to take an active and practical interest in his native place, was adopted with some alight alterations, and is in the following terms : We, the fishermen of Cellardyke, learn with regret that there is little prospect of the entrance to the old harbour of Anstruther being either closed or narrowed this season. Since the opening was made between the old and new harbours, the former has become more unsafe for boats or vessels than before in stormy weather. In proof of this, several of the boats and their moorings, and the vessels that were in the harbour during the storm of last November, were very much damaged, partly in consequence of this opening. We consider that, however desirable it may be to have another winter’s experience before closing or narrowing the old entrance, the consequences may be very serious indeed if the old harbour is left for another winter in the present very unsafe condition. We would approve of the entrance being narrowed so that boats or vessels would enter or leave the harbour in any weather; and if the ends of the old piers were so placed that booms could be used if necessary, the old harbour would then be perfectly safe in all kinds of weather. But the accommodation in it is very limited, and not at all suited for such a large fishing community. It will be seen that our reason for wishing the old harbour made safe as soon as possible strengthened by the fact that there is no safety in the new harbour in stormy weather except side the west breakwater, and that only in easterly winds. Neither is there any accommodation of any description for boats or vessels loading or discharging even in the finest weather, except at the east pier, and that only when the day is fine; and unless the entrance into the harbour is made acts safe than it is at present, we would prefer running up the Firth for safety, rather than run the risk of attempting to enter even in a moderate southeasterly gale. We take the liberty of making these statements, so that your Honourable Board may know our true position. At the same time, we trust that you will take the interests of this large community, so far as harbour accommodation and safety are concerned, into your serious consideration, and would respectfully urge that something should be done before another winter sets in.’

Sixty fishermen signed the memorial at the close of the meeting, and during the course of yesterday as many more submitted their names, the great majority being skippers. It will be forwarded in a day or two to the Fishery Board, and as that body have hitherto shown a desire to meet so far as possible the wants of the fishing community, it anticipated that the memorial will be productive of some action in the way of providing what they wish.


An Unruly Norlan -Alexander Mackay, a native of Sutherland but for some time employed in the fishing at Cellardyke, was charged before Kilrenny Magistrates on Friday with assaulting Mrs James Watson in her public house near the Tolbooth, and also with a breach of the peace at the same time and place, Sandy repelled the charge of assault, when evidence was led, in the course of which Mrs Watson, Mrs Murray, and Margaret Fowler detailed the circumstances of the case. From these statements it appeared that Mackay had refused leave the house, when Mrs Watson threatened expel him with the poker, of which, however, she had been summarily disarmed by the brawny clansman After hearing parties the Magistrates found the charge not proved, but sustained that of breach the peace, and sentenced the panel to a fine of 10s 6d.


CONVICTIONS BEFORE THE MAGISTRATES. Another batch of offenders came before the East Anster Magistrates on Friday. The first was the adjourned case of furious driving by Alexander Smith, in the employment of Mr Watson, fish merchant, Cellardyke. The panel again pleaded not guilty, but on the evidence of Mr Farmer, Balmonth, Mrs Russell, Ovenstone, and Mary Jane Watterston or Lindsay, was found guilty, and fined in the sum of 10s. Two ploughman in Airdrie, named Robert Bell and John Cumming, with Alex. Wood, joiner, Cellardyke, were convicted for drunken and wranglesome conduct in the High Street on Saturday night. The two plough men were each fined in the sum of 7s 6d, but Wood being convicted for the second time had the sentence of 10s, or ten days’ imprisonment passed against him. At Kilrenny Court, also on Friday, Betsy Watson, whose case was called the previous day on a charge breach of the peace, was brought up, and fined in the sum of 5s.


Yesterday afternoon about four o’clock John Montadore owner and skipper of the boat Jacobines , No.1378 , from Cellardyke , while assisting to set the jib sail , fell backward over the gunwale into the sea , and although the crew did everything to assist him to escape , he sank and was drowned. The deceased was about 26 years of age and leaves a widow and four children.

The New Mission Church Cellardyke— Description of the Plan, &c—The designs for this interesting new place of worship have just been submitted to the friends of the movement in the locality. The church, which we may remind our readers, to be erected on a sunny site on the Powcauseway Road, immediately opposite the new Public School, is in the form of cross, and in the pointed style of architecture. The front or west elevation exhibits a massive circle, some thirty-eight feet breadth and rather more in height, pierced a handsome three light window, and surmounted by the sacred emblem of our blessed faith. The gable is flanked on the north by well-defined porch, and on the south by a lofty tower, showing clock face on its three open sides, and with spire and weather vane springing from the embattled parapet, forty-five feet from the ground, the whole elevation being over sixty feet. The tower is also utilised as an entrance door and as stair to the gallery. The south wall, which is to be skirted by a new roadway, is relieved by the gable of the transept, pierced like the wall with pointed windows. The vestry is in the rear of the church, where there is also provision for a large hall or class-room for congregational work. Coming now to the interior, we find the pulpit on the east gable with the transepts —measuring between seventy and eighty feet from north to south—on either side, and having the spacious nave and gallery in front. From this point the fabric will have a decidedly imposing appearance, enhanced by the open timber roof, which like the more salient carpenter work has been treated with subdued but masterly taste. There are sittings for 800—650 on the floor, and 150 in the gallery. The architect is Mr Johnstone, of Dundee, and altogether the design seems admirably suited to the end view, namely to accommodate a large congregation so to participate with comfort and satisfaction in the services of the sanctuary. In all this Mr Johnstone had to regulate his pencil to a given outlay, but however fettered in respect of decoration, he has evinced a thorough appreciation of the resources of his noble art, not only in the treatment of details, but in the general outline, which is pleasing and even picturesque, though we trust, in justice to the design, that provision will be made in the contracts for a higher elevation, if not to the gable, at least ” to the heavenward pointing spire,” so as to save such after regret as that in the case of the Memorial Church St Monance, in which an otherwise happy imitation of brave old St Mary’s, of Northampton, has been so sadly ruined. As will have been seen from our advertising columns, another bazaar is to be held -Elie in aid of the building fund of the Cellardyke church, which will be in progress as soon as the preliminary arrangements can be concluded. The estimated expense, we may state, is about £2600. The Rev. Christie, Professor of Church History, has now removed to Aberdeen, but he and his amiable partner continue to take the same deep and unwearied interest in the scheme, which has been hitherto fraught with such signal encouragement and success.


Burgh Court. —James Muir, fisherman, Cellardyke, was convicted before the Magistrates of Kilrenny on Friday for assaulting another fisherman, William Anderson, and was fined in the sum of 10s. The same panel was called to answer a similar charge, also on William Anderson as complainer, before the magistrates of East Anstruther. The one court followed the other, but failing to appear at Anstruther warrant was granted for his apprehension.

CELLARDYKE. BURGH COURT. —On Friday last a burgh court was held, when all the Magistrates were present. A boy named Alexander Tarvit was accused of annoying and assaulting a lad named Hector McLean on the public streets, and being convicted on evidence, he was dismissed with a reprimand, the Provost, in passing sentence, saying that the practice of annoying imbecile persons on the streets seemed to be greatly indulged in, and was likely to lead to serious consequences, the Magistrates were determined to put a stop to such conduct, and would in future severely punish the offenders.

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