The Cellardyke Echo – 30/6/2022 – Issue 345


The wife of a fisherman residing in Rodger Street, Cellardyke, gave birth to triplets, all sons, on Tuesday, but the children only survived an hour.

PARISH CHURCH—RECENT GUILD COMPETITION. —Five girls belonging to Rev. Mr Ray’s Junior Bible Class competed in the recent Guild examination in connection with the Church of Scotland. The results have just come to hand, from which it appeared that the girls have done better than was stated in the “Record” a few weeks ago. Not only have all the girls won certificates, but one of them has so distinguished herself as to receive a certificate of merit. The names of the girls are: — Certificate of Merit – Maggie Muir, 67 ½ per cent. Pass Certificates—Jemima Corstorphine 61 per cent; Maggie Gardner 58 ½ per cent; Betsy McLeod 52 per cent; and Lizzy Bett 42 per cent.


The accounts of the Anstruther and Cellardyke Gas Company for the year have been published, and show a record year. Nearly eleven million cubic feet of gas was sold. and brought in an income of £2065 5s 6d, the net profit for the year being £669 17s 6d. A dividend of 5 per cent. is recommended.


SUMMER GOODS. Straw HATS and Chiffon HATS. A big Stock of these small Fancy TOQUES. The very newest in Fancy BLOUSES in Delaines, Prints, and Silk.

Children’s HOODS and HATS. PLEISES and COATS all the very latest.

Gent’s TIES, SCARFS, MUFFLERS, HATS, and CAPS. A nice variety of small Boys’ SUITS in Velvet and Serge.


SERIOUS ACCIDENT. – An accident attended with very serious consequences took place last Thursday afternoon in one of the backyards off James Street. Mrs John Fleming was engaged in hanging out some fishing nets belonging to her husband on the gallows, which are so prominent a feature of Cellardyke gardens, when the rung of the ladder on which she was standing broke, and she was precipitated to the ground. Her cry as she fell brought a neighbour to the scene, and Mrs Fleming was found lying huddled up between the wall and the gallows, quite unconscious. She was taken indoors and medical assistance speedily procured, when her injuries were found to consist of a severely fractured skull and dislocation of the shoulder bone. Although a week since the unfortunate accident. Mrs Fleming’s condition is still highly precarious.


A new steam drifter was launched at Port Gordon last Saturday, to the order of Skipper Henry Bett, Cellardyke, and christened the Alices by a daughter of the owner. The Alices is to be towed to Dundee to engined by Messrs Cooper and Greig.

Price of Nets Raised. —The net manufacturers have just intimated to the merchants that the price of herring nets has been raised by one-third. The action is understood to be owing to the enhanced price of cotton, and the increasingly heavy demands of the cotton spinners. This increase seriously affects the Scottish and English herring fishermen. It adds 10s to the price of each net, or £30 per boats’s float, and will mean an additional yearly tax of thousands of pounds, and proportionately affect English fishermen. The steam drifters will be severely hit.

SAD FATALITY ON THE RAILWAY NEAR KILRENNY. —The community and district has been singularly immune from railway accidents of any description for a good number of years, but the spell was broken on Saturday, when a rumour, which, unfortunately, ultimately became substantiated, was circulated early in the forenoon that a man had been killed on the railway near Kilrenny. The goods train which leaves Anstruther about nine o’clock, while travelling between what are known as the Commontry and the Cornceres Bridges, at the westmost portion of Innergellie Woods, met with some obstruction, and the driver, on arriving at Crail, reported the fact. On examining his engine, he was horrified to discover of blood on the wheels, with other evidences of the obstruction having been a human body. Intelligence of the affair was immediately telephoned to the station at Anstruther whence ambulance aid was sent to the spot at which the accident had occurred, Dr Wilson and the police being also in attendance, but on the body being retched, life was found to be extinct. The back of the head was severely battered, while one of the legs was broken, and the right-hand cut, but the features were untouched and perfectly recognisable, a fact which, on the body being taken to Anstruther Goods Station, rendered identification easy. The relatives of the deceased identified him as Robert Murray, fifty years of age, fisherman, George Street, Cellardyke. There was nothing to show how the accident really occurred, but it is surmised that deceased, who had been lately very much worried on account of some family matters, had been stalking along the line in a preoccupied state of mind when he was overtaken by the train, with the above fatal consequences. Appearances also go to show that after being knocked down by the engine, he had been dragged along underneath for a considerable distance, as his knife, tobacco, and pipe, were found lying a point about thirty yards further back, from where the body was found lying. When he left home in the morning it is mutated that he was wearing a watch, with a gold chain, but, on the recovery of his body, only the minute hand, and the broken glass of the watch was found in the pocket of his vest. Deceased, of a quiet, frank nature, was generally well-liked and respected by his fellow fishermen. The drifter Rob the Renter, of the crew of which he was a member, arrived at Anstruther from Aberdeen on Monday afternoon flying a flag at half mast, out of respect to the memory of deceased. Much sympathy has been expressed by the community, over which quite a gloom was cast on Saturday, for his sorrowing family and friends.


Three small boys from Cellardyke were brought before Sheriff Armour at Cupar on Tuesday, charged with maliciously throwing stones at and breaking a quantity of glass at the vinery at Croma House. They all pleaded guilty. The Fiscal said this was one of the worst pieces of mischief that had come under his notice. The affair was very deliberate and destructive. The Sheriff said he had great difficulty in refraining from sending the oldest boy to be birched, but as his father had already punished him, he would let him off this time. The other boys were too young for that punishment.


MUSICAL EXAMINATION. In the list of passes of the Trinity College Examinations, held in Edinburgh, appears the names of Miss Alice Black, James Street, Cellardyke; and Miss Nellie Davidson, Rustic Place, Anstruther. In the preparatory examination in pianoforte playing. These candidates were prepared and entered for the examination by Miss M. J. Anderson, West Anstruther.

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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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DEATH OF AN AGRICULTURIST. Mr David Edie farmer, Cornceres, one of the best-known agriculturists of Fife, died very suddenly this morning on the public road between Kilrenny and Anstruther. He was walking  to Anstruther when he fell down. He was carried unconscious into Cellardyke Manse, where he expired. Mr Edie took an active part in parish affairs, was chairman for the Kilrenny School and Parochial Boards, and was lately appointed chairman to the Parish Council.

SHOEMAKERS (Any Number) WANTED. To meet the increasing demand for the K Y. SEA BOOTS, the Manufacturer opened a Branch WORKSHOP, at 52 James Street, Cellardyke. Shoemakers wishing Employment might apply there by MONDAY, or to the manufacturer, Wm. SMITH, Leather Merchant, Colinsburgh.


A court case that takes up a full column and a half  here’s a few snippets

At a Burgh Court at Anstruther on Monday —before Bailie Morton – Thomas Dunsire, publican, East Shore, was charged with having on the 18th May, between the hours of five and seven in the morning, trafficked or give out by others for whom he is responsible, to James Barclay, fisherman, Cellardyke, one half mutch-in bottle containing whisky or other excisable liquors This was said also to be the second offence. Dunsire, who was defended by Mr Grosset, Cupar, pled not guilty. …………….. Evidence was led, the first witness being James Barclay, fisherman, Cellardyke, who deponed that he was on the East Brae opposite or near Mr Dunsire’s public house on the 18th of May. He saw and spoke to Mr Dunsire. He had a little conversation with Mr Dunsire but not much. He gave Dunsire nothing at that time. No money passed between them. He left and went east to the urinal. Dunsire shortly after joined him there. Dunsire did not give him anything. He did not get a bottle containing whisky or ether excisable liquors from Dunsire. He left Dunsire there and went down the east pier to his craft. He saw and spoke to the constables on the pier. He did not take anything or a bottle from his pocket or jacket and and throw it over the pier. He never had a bottle. He did not make the observation to the constables that they would not get it there.

Sergeant Anderson said he was on duty on the 18th May between the hours of 5 and 7 in the morning. He saw the liner Chancellor come into the harbour, and watched the crew coming up the pier. About 20 minutes to six he saw Barclay come up the pier, and on passing Dunsire’s public house he looked up. He went to the end of the middle pier, and on coming back he was met by Dunsire opposite his public house. He saw Barclay give Dunsire something, and Constable Wright made the remark—He is handing him money. Barclay went on to the urinal, and he was joined there shortly after by Dunsire, and put his hand into his pocket, pulled out a bottle, and handed it to Barclay. Barclay then went down the pier, and when within 15 or 20 yards of the liner he called on him to stop. Barclay turned round, and threw the bottle of whisky over the pier, remarking that you will not get that at any rate.

Cross-examined by Mr Grosset —What was in the bottle ?—lt was the colour of whisky and it had the appearance of whisky. That is no answer to my question, what was in the bottle ?—I never tasked the contents of the bottle. But – you say it was whisky: How do you know ?- I say it had the colour of whisky. But how do you know it was whisky ?–By the colour and appearance of the contents. I did not taste the contents. I never hadthe chance of doing so. But you cannot tell whether it was whisky or not ?—I can only say it had the appearance and the colour of whisky.

After another  three or four hundred words of the same type of argument – Bailie Morton decided the case was not proven.

Several Cellardyke crews have been for weeks at Lowestoft, and the highest has not yet got £20. The theorists are telling that a change of wind is required ; a northerly breeze would in their opinion send in the shoals, and though one can take this idea for what it is worth, the skippers mean to hold on for a time yet, and give the venture a fair trial.

John Montador, second mate on board the ship Forthbank, a native of Cellardyke, died from yellow fever at Santos on 22d April last; (The Montadors later named their house in West Forth Street, NO 32 I think,  in Memory of their son)



On the morning of Jubilee Day, Provost Martin of Kilrenny, died at his residence at St Ayles Crescent, Anstruther, in his 76th year, and a gloom was met over the rejoicings of the day in the community. The Provost had been failing for some time back, and been confined to his room for the last five weeks. He gradually grew worse at the end of last week, and on Sunday it was seen that the end was near. He lingered on until Tuesday morning, when he slipped away. A pathetic incident connected with his death is the fact that he was looking forward to his only daughter, Mrs Bruce, coming in from South Africa, to pay him a visit, but unfortunately he has been taken away before Mrs Bruce could arrive. Had he lived he would have celebrated his golden wedding at the end of August, and it is betraying no secret now to state that it was the intention of his fellow-townsmen, whom he has served so long and faithfully, to present him then with a suitable token of their appreciation and respect for him. His demise has also put an end to this.

Mr Martin was a native of Cellardyke, and he has been one the prominent figures in that community for at least 50 years. He served his apprenticeship to the drapery trade with the late Provost Greig, Anstruther, and while he was comparatively a young man he set up business for himself in his native town. He soon established a successful business in 1844 he extended by beginning to manufacture different kinds of fishing material. The latter grew so much on his hands that he felt compelled to give up the drapery business, and stick entirely to his manufacturing concern. He disposed of his drapery shop to Mr, now Bailie, Thomson, in 1866, and from then on to a few years ago, successfully carried on his manufactures, which he developed to a large extent. He had an extensive connection with the north of Scotland and many fishing centres. His business enterprise was soon recognised, and he was led at a very early age to interest himself in his native place.

It was as far back as 1846 that he was chosen by his fellow-townsmen to be a manager of the burgh in conjunction with the late Mr Fowler and others. The burgh was at that time disfranchised, and had been in that position for mere than twenty years. That he soon established himself a favourite is shown in the fact that he was called to the office of Chief Manager in the Burgh, an office he held off and on for nearly 20 years. During all that time he was ever foremost at in the endeavours made to advance the interests of the burgh. He was the leading spirit in trying to get a harbour erected at Craignoon, and spared no end of trouble to accomplish this desirable object. But the expense was too great, and the project had to be abandoned in favour of the Union harbour at Anstruther. In 1868 the burgh was again raised to its full municipal status, and out of 19 candidates at the first election of a Town Council he, along with the late Bailie Sharp, was returned at the top of the poll. He was unanimously chosen Provost in December of that year, and continued to be the Chief Magistrate to his death, with the exception of two terms, when the chair was filled by Provost Watson and the late Provost Skinner. What he has done for the burgh since 1868 is too well known to be recapitulated here. but through all these years he never spared trouble, time, nor expense to further schemes and projects for the welfare and prosperity of the town. He made himself thoroughly acquainted with all questions he took up, and despite a somewhat brusque manner occasionally, he retained the confidence of his colleagues, by all of whom he was heartily supported. In his public life he set a splendid example to his fellow men to take a share in the work of the community in which they reside. But Provost Martin did not confine himself solely to the public life of the community, and fulfil his part on different public boards, the Parochial and School Boards especially, but he was equally at home, if not more so, in religious and philanthropic work. In this connection he has been a great moral force in Cellardyke. Through his instrumentality he got erected in 1860 a hall at the east end of Cellardyke for religious meetings, many of which he conducted himself. The Hall soon became too small, and he set about the erection of a larger place and one which would be more central. In this he succeeded, and early in the seventies, the present Forth Street Hall was put up. Here he superintended a large Sunday School and Bible-class every Sunday for many years and the great good he accomplished in this respect is almost incalculable. He was an enthusiastic Free churchman, and very soon after the Disruption was made au elder in Anstruther Church. He was a faithful attender at the meetings of Presbytery and Assembly, and did much to promote the prosperity of the denomination in the locality. The Provost never interfered much in politics, but he leaned to the Liberal side, and always entertained great respect for Mr Gladstone. His death is a great loss to the community in which he watt so much interested, and for whose moral and social prosperity he did so much. The funeral to-day is to be a public one, and will doubtless be largely attended. Out of respect for his memory the bunting on Cellardyke Town Hall on Tuesday was hoisted half-mast high, and his death has caused a general expression of regret in Cellardyke  and district.


CELLARDYKE – THE SCARLET FEVER.–All the recent cases of scarlet fever are now convalescent, but yesterday a fresh case occurred in School Road, in a family of seven. The epidemic is of a mild type.


In the East of Fife Record’s version of the Echo – they reported from the Pittenweem Register of 1849

EXTRAORDINARY BIRTH. -On Wednesday the 9th instant, Agnes Boyter, wife of James Robertson, fisherman, Cellardyke, was safely delivered of three children—all daughters.

The work of repairing the piers of Cellardyke harbour is to be begun next week by Bailie Williamson.

THE Public School.–Dr Dunn on Monday and Tuesday inspected Cellardyke School. There was a large attendance of the pupils, and the inspection is expected to turn out a very successful one

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Parochial Board at a special meeting of this Board on Friday night, on the motion of Provost Martin, seconded by Skipper Thomas Birrell, Mr Edie, Cornceres, was unanimously elected the representative of the Board to this District Committee of the County Council.

SUDDEN DEATH OF SKIPPER WATSON. — On Saturday evening Skipper John Watson, of the “Margaret Taylor,” was seized with illness at the tea-table. He rapidly grew worse, and passed away in the course of a few minutes. He had been afflicted for some time with disorder of the heart. Skipper Watson, who was 55 years of age, leaves a grown-up family. It will be remembered that at the election of 1885 in the burghs Watson was personated by some unknown person at the polling booth in Cellardyke.

ANSTRUTHER HARBOUR COMMISSION—Appeals for remission of dues.

The June meeting of this Board was held on Monday night—Provost Darsie in the chair. The treasurer submitted a vidimus of the revenue of the harbour for the month ending the 17th ult. In consequence of the growing usage amongst the North Sea crews of seeking a market elsewhere, it was reported that the revenue only amounted to £38 6s 6 ½d being a decrease of £7 3s 9 ½d, as compared with the corresponding period last year. The petition of Skipper James Smith for the remission of the lying-up rate of the “Good Design,” on account of the boat being detained in the harbour by the illness of the crew. was considered, and it was agreed to remit the dues. An application, revealing a peculiar state of affairs, from Messrs Robert Watson & Co., Cellardyke, was also considered. The boat ” Day Star” was held in pledge by the firm, who found that, instead of being an asset for a large debt, it was not worth the sum owing for anchorage (£18). They sold the boat to a party in Leith for £7 10s, and this sum the firm now asked the Board to accept in full of the claim. On the motion of Bailie Sharp, the offer was accepted ; and a second application, by the same firm, was to the effect that on the boat “James and Agnes,” belonging to Alexander Ogilvie, who had left the East of Fife, the dues amounted to £2o – one half the sum of which she was bought by Skipper Joseph Walker. They enclosed a cheque for the amount, which, as in the case of the “Day Star,” it was agreed to accept.


Attendance at School report by Truant Officer James Jack.

…In the case of Cellardyke Public School There is a roll of 256.. What about the case of John Muir, playing truant everyday for a whole twelvemonth. He is undoing what I am trying to do, to stop truanting. (Laughter) He has got it in his head that the Board is powerless, and is letting his fellows know. The case of May A Wilson also for a whole year out of school, and others day in and day out. He had mentioned these things in order that the board might try to remedy it for another year. (laughter). Great complaints from the teachers.

The Chairman – I am afraid we will have to censure the officer if he lectures us like that (laughter).

On the roll of Cellardyke School were 25, and the average attendances were 235,239,242 and 241. The Chairman – I don’t see the teacher has any cause for complaint there. At the infant school 256 on the roll with 208,212,208 and 208 in average attendance…

The officer was instructed to do his utmost to keep the children at school after the inspection until the holidays. It was resolved to procure an attendance order against John Muir, and to insist upon his going back to school, and attending regularly. The Clerk was instructed to write to four other parents stating that unless their children were kept regularly at school they would be prosecuted.


CELLARDYKE. Boys Brigade

This Brigade held their first excursion for the season on Saturday, when they were invited to Cairnie, Colinsburgh, the residence of Captain Scott-Davidson. The Brigade, to the number of fully 70, met at their Drill hall at 9 o’clock, and under the command of Captain George Black, and accompanied by Lieutenants Watson, A. Black, and R. G. Thomson, marched to the railway station. They were taken by the train to Kilconquhar, and from the station they marched to a field in front of Cairnie House. A number of swings were set up, and ether amusements were carried on for some time, after which the company were put through their drill by the Captain by Sergeant Drill Instructor Downey of the Volunteers. Captain Scott-Davidson had, with his usual kindness, made every provision for the wants of the inner man, and the boys were liberally supplied with pies, milk, and lemonade, while the officers were entertained to lunch in the house. In the afternoon, Captain Scott-Davidson inspected the Company, and put them through several movements. The boys showed a marked improvement since the first, and the manner in which they executed several of the movements, would done credit to a company of volunteers.


The partan fishing is now ended at Cellardyke, and is the poorest on record. The same may be said of the salmon fishing, which has never yielded so few fish.

John Martin Ritchie, of the crew of the Isabella, Cellardyke, had an undesirable adventure at sea on Thursday. He was engaged hauling in the lines, and bent down to lift on board a fish when, his hand slipping, he fell into the sea over the bow. His companions observed the mishap, and kept a sharp lookout for his reappearance. The current swept Ritchie under the boat, but he rose at the stern and was grasped by the skipper. Is another minute he was hauled on board, and after the exhaustion had worn away was none the worse of his immersion.


CELLARDYKE. Cellardyke fishermen and the May Island.

At an inquiry at Dundee on the stranding of the steamer Jasper on the May Island on 17th April last, the following evidence was led: John Gardener (67). Cellardyke, said he had been a fisherman at Cellardyke all his days. He was out fishing on the evening of the 16th April, and got into the harbour about eleven o’clock. The weather was very foggy. He thought he was within two miles of the May Island, and although he saw no lights on the island he observed the lights on the north shore. He saw a glimmer of light on the May light about ten o’clock, but did not see it again. If the wind was from the north-east and the sea from the eastward there was a heavy top current between the Carr Lightship and the May Island. While out fishing he had experienced it many a time. That current would certainly have an effect upon a vessel in ballast. He had known of the current running a fishing boat on the May Island even in clear weather.

By Captain Wood—Witness said the fishermen had studied the Admiralty tables, but found them of no use in bad weather. Thomas Tarvit (68), fisherman, Cellardyke, and pilot at Anstruther, said at two o’clock on the morning of the 17th April he left Anstruther for the May Island, and reached it about four o’clock. When he left Anstruther he could not see the May Light, but he reached the Island by means of his compass. He heard rockets fired, but thought they came from the Lightship. Witness then corroborated previous witness as to the current ; and, in reply to one of the Assessors, he said the fog kept him from seeing the May Light. Asked if he knew any difference between the electric light and the old light on the May Island, Tarvit replied that the fishermen liked the old light best. They thought they could see the old light better through a fog. Martin Gardner (60), another Cellardyke fisherman, corroborated, and said the fishermen did not have very much faith in the May Light. His experience, was that the electric light did not pierce the fog so well as oil or gas.

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On Sunday forenoon the annual church parade of the local company Territorials took place to Cellardyke Parish Church. The Territorials were under the command of Lieutenant Maxwell. Lieutenant Mackintosh was on parade. The Territorials were accompanied by the local troop of Boy Scouts and by the Anstruther branch of the National Reserve. the “Terriers” looked very smart in their red tunics and tartan trews, while the Boy Scouts were a picturesque company. Rev. J. Ray, Chaplain to the Company officiated, and preached a powerful sermon from the test “A good soldier of Jesus Christ ” On returning to the Drill Hall after the service, Lieutenant Maxwell expressed hie pleasure that the parade had been attended by members of the National Reserve, while he also complimented the Boy Scouts on their smart appearance and for the manner in which they had marched.


HOLIDAY RESORTS. ANSTRUTHER & CELLARDYKE.—Most Bracing Fifeshire Seaside Resort. Good Bowling Green, Tennis Courts, and Golf Course. —For further information, apply to Secretary, Merchants’ Association.

PRESENTATION TO YOUNG CELLARDYKE HERO. In presence of the Town Council, David Black (15), son of Mr George Black, baker, Cellardyke, was presented with silver watch from the Carnegie Trust, Hero Fund and the parchment of the Royal Humane Society for saving, on 21st April, rescued nine-year-old lad from drowning. Provost Black, uncle of the lad, presided, and Mr Hugh H. Souter, depute town clerk, made the presentation.

ANSTRUTHER. More Local Soldiers Wounded, Further details are now to hand regarding the fighting in France on the 24th instant, in which our local men took part. Unfortunately, the casualties are heavier than was at first reported. Private Robb, who was stated to be seriously wounded, has succumbed to his injuries, and his fellow soldiers will deeply regret his loss. Private Alex. Boyter, son of Mr Thomas Boyter (Smith), Cellardyke, was seriously wounded in the head and face, and now lies in an hospital in Birmingham. The other local casualties are that of Private Adam Lowrie, also of Cellardyke, whose wounds, however, are not regarded as serious, and Lance-Corporal Anderson, son of Mr Alex. Anderson, baker, who was hit in the head.

Off to the East.—The crews of the drifters Camperdown, Lily, Maggie, and Andrewina left last night. It is understood that the destination of these craft is the Mediterranean, “somewhere west of Suez.”


DANDELION IN WAR TIME The gathering of sphagnum moss for the manufacture of dressings for the wounded has been patriotically undertaken by many school children and others, says a correspondent. Sphagnum moss is not to found in every district, but it would seem that an exceedingly common plant that of special value in war time could easily collected in huge quantities those who are able to spare even a few minutes for the work now and then. This is the dandelion. In Cellardyke the school children have gathered a large quantity of dandelion roots, and these, after being cleaned at the school, will sent to an Edinburgh chemical establishment to be used in preparing dressings for the wounded. If the dandelion is of value for this purpose, it should not be difficult to provide an almost unlimited supply. It would appear that all along the dandelion has been treated with unmerited contempt in this country. In France the leaves are commonly eaten in salads, and form cheap and exceedingly wholesome addition to the food supply, especially during the hot days of summer. Under its other name of taraxacum, the dandelion has played and still plays its part in medicine. It is very old remedy for dyspepsia when associated with torpidity of the liver. The milky juice of the flowed stalks was often prescribed as sovereign remedy for warts. The word dandelion itself corruption the French “dent de lion,’’ lion’s tooth—an allusion to the shape of the leaves. Nathaniel Paterson, D.D.. in his genial work on horticulture. has some notes the dandelion which are evidently “wrote sarcastic.’’ He concludes by advising the amateur horticulturist to “leave no piece of ground without first scrutinising every inch for this delicate salad herb order that its roots may carefully gathered and stored—in the bottom of the dunghill!”

CELLARDYKE STOKER ON INVINCIBLE IS BELIEVED TO BE AMONG THE LOST. James A. Moncrieff, son of the late Mr David Moncrieff, fisherman, and John Gardiner, Forth Street, Cellardyke, was stoker on board the Invincible. In reply to a telegram of inquiry, the Admiralty stated it was to be feared Moncrieff was among the lost, his name not being included in the list of survivors. Moncrieff was among the first to join the colours shortly after war broke out, and was engaged in the naval battle off the Falkland Islands. was home on leave a month ago. Previous to enlisting he was engineer on a trawler. He was 22 years of age, and his stepfather, Mr John Gardiner, is on patrol service. His brother, David, is in the Flying Corps in France.


WEDDING AT NOTTING HILL June 2nd ab Sb John’s Church Notting Hill very pretty wedding was celebrated by the vicar. The bridegroom David Doig Pratt Lieutenant Highland Light Infantry second son of late Alexander Pratt Cellardyke Scotland to Minnie Elizabeth youngest daughter of Thoman Hayman of Devon and 61 Wallingford Avenue North Kensington W.

The bride (one of the company of the light opera “Young England”) wore a dainty dress of cream crepe-de-Chine trimmed with orange blossom wreath and veil and carried sheaf of lilies; she was attended by four bridesmaids. Lieutenant W E Ward acted as best man The presents were numerous. The reception was held at the bride’s home in Kensington after which the happy pair departed en-route for the honeymoon.


Prisoners of war

Pte. Alex. Stevenson, Black Watch, Cellardyke; also wounded in the arm.



Cellardyke skippers of drifters returned from the fishing grounds at the end of the week to report the presence of large number of floating mines in the North Sea. As many as five were seen by the crew of the drifter Maggie, which caused the skipper to alter his course.

 Honours won on the Field of Battle

DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL. ……….. 290604 Pte. J. Birrell, 14th. Bn. Royal Highlanders, T.F. (Cellardyke);

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It is now eight weeks since the district was plunged into grief over the disaster which befell the yawl “Morning Star,” which sunk off Cellardyke harbour on the evening of 30th March last, taking with her four of her crew of 6ve. It will be remembered that the skipper’s body and that of the younger Hughes were recovered with grappling irons the day following the accident, while the body of the elder Hughes was brought up by a diver a few days later. The widespread grief then expressed was re-echoed when it became known that, after a lapse of eight weeks, the remaining body that of William Muir (17), had been washed ashore at Methil. It appears that, on Monday morning, while three men were on their way in a small rowing boat from Methil dock to the hand-line fishing, and when about two hundred yards from the outer head of the fairway leading to the dock, they observed the body of a man floating at some distance from them. Rowing toward it they passed a rope round it, and brought the body to the wooden jetty at the dock. The police were informed, and Sergeant Clydesdale along with Constable Moyes, proceeded to the dock and examined the body, which from the nature of the clothing appeared to have been that of a fisherman. It was suggested that the body might be that of one of the victims of the disaster, and the relatives being communicated with, they proceed to the mortuary at Methilhill cemetery, where they had no difficulty in identifying the body as that of William Muir. The body was taken in charge by the relatives and brought back to Pittenweem. It is understood that the funeral is to take place tomorrow, Friday, to Kilrenny churchyard.

The disaster, it may be recalled, took place off Cellardyke, one quiet evening when the yawl suddenly foundered under the heavy draught of herring. One man succeeded in swimming ashore, his companions sank.

Local, drifter in collision off St Abbs Head

Thick fog prevailed at sea at an early hour on Tuesday morning, and the navigation of vessels was very much hampered on this account. The drifter Glencona of South Shields, which has been hired by a Cellardyke crew under skipper Alexander Wood for the ensuing herring fishing, was on her way from Shields to Anstruther to eat on board the gear, etc. The vessel had reached off St Abbs Head when a large trading steamer, which turned out to be the Dwina, of Leith, crashed into them, striking the Glencona with considerable force on the starboard bow, smashing the upper part of the stem and the planking. Fortunately the damage was above the water line, and the Glencona steamed for Anstruther, arriving in the early morning. The Dwina was apparently undamaged and proceeded on her voyage. The drifter has been surveyed, and will have to be repaired before she leaves for the fishing.


DAVIDSON & CO. James Street. CELLARDYKE. We have received another Delivery of SEMITRIMMRD HATS, suitable for the Term. TRIMMED and UNTRIMMED HATS. A Nice Assortment of CORSETS. Try our 1s 11 1/2d For Strength and Durability nothing to beat them. SERVANTS’ CAPS and APRONS. BLOUSES and UNDERCLOTHING. DRESS GOODS and PRINTS. Gent’s CAPS, TIES, MUFFLERS, and BRACES. BOYS’ and YOUTHS’ SUITS. DAVIDSON & CO.

Failing To Obey and Attendance Order

At a Burgh Police Court on Saturday Provost Morris and Bailie McConnell presiding James Blunsden, cleekmaker, was charged with having failed to obey an attendance order granted 10th June 1910 for the attendance of his sister-in-law, Dora Wood, aged 13, at Cellardyke School. The respondent pleaded guilty. Mr D. Murray, solicitor, who appeared for the School Board, pointed out the irregular attendance of the girl both before and since the granting of the order. Respondent, in extenuation, said that the illness his wife and his inability to pay for outside help to do his housework, was the cause of the girl’s absence. Provost Morris, in pronouncing sentence, pointed out that what accused had said was no excuse, and the Bench were very lenient with him in letting him off with 7s 6d of fine, seven days, and 20s modified expenses. Accused asked for time to pay the fine, and was allowed one month.


On Sunday forenoon, the local company of Territorials, under the command of Captain Murray, held their usual annual church parade to Cellardyke Parish church. There was a fair muster of men, who presented a very smart appearance in their scarlet tunics, tartan trews, and spats. Rev. Mr Ray officiated, and preached an appropriate sermon from the text Romans 12th chapter and 5th verse “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”


It was reported that the recent examination conducted by Captain Harvey, of Board of Trade for fishermen attending the navigation classes Cellardyke and Monans, thirty had qualified, and of that number the following had passed: —Extra skippers, two; skippers, fourteen; second hands, eight.


We have received a copy of the Binghamton Press of May 2nd which contains a page account of the 32nd anniversary of the firm of Messrs Fowler, Dick, and Walker. It is illustrated by photographs of the large new premises erected, and of the head of the firm, Mr George Fowler, a native of Cellardyke. Mr Fowler Is a son of the late Mr George Fowler, fisherman, and a cousin of Mr R. A. Fowler, grocer, Cellardyke. He sorted his apprenticeship with the firm of Sharp and Murray, General Merchants, Cellardyke, atter which he emigrated to the United States, where he has been very successful. The following extract from the Binghamton Press will doubtless interest a considerable number of our readers in Cellardyke, many of whom will remember Mr Fowler, and who will welcome the details of his successful business:

“The opening of the new Boston Store last evening was a triumph. For four hours thousands of men women and children trooped through the three entrances thronged the wide aisles and feasted their eyes on the magnificent spectacle that had been prepared in honour of the event. The store is the fruition of a lifetime of vigorous effort. The assemblage of people was a tribute to one of the men who have made Binghamton—George Fowler. Every employee of the great establishment shared in the honors of the evening. from the newest “bundle boy” to the men who, under Mr Fowler, bear the brunt of the active management—Archibald Whitelaw and Archibald MacArthur.

From Wilkesbarre came William MacWiiliam in former years manager of the Binghamton store, and now of the firm in the coal city, and with him was his associate there, Mr Burnside. They too, shared in the congratulations that were showered on the men whose energy and and sagacity have made the Boston Store the magnificent success that it is today.


 The firm of Fowler, Dick & Walker founded their Binghamton wore 32 years ago, locating next to the corner of Court and Chenango streets. Beginning with very small capital and with only six clerks, but with a vast amount of pluck, perseverance, energy, good judgment and executive capacity, the members of this firm, gradually, but surely, broadened their scheme of operation, until they bad built a substantial foundation for their present extensive business. The firm remained only a year at the Court Street stand, removing to Washington Street, where the establishment served a constant, growing patronage for 18 years, each year to some extent enlarging their lines of stock.

During the last 18 years the store at Court and Water streets has been the seat of an enormous volume of business. New departments have, from time to time, been added and old ones extended to fill the demands made by the city’s growth and the Boston Store’s constantly growing patronage.

Last June Mr Fowler decided to make the large addition just completed, to improve all departments and general system under which the business is conducted. New ideas have from time to time, during the process of the work, been considered and evolved all helping to give the store its present metropolitan character and magnitude. Always ready to listen to the suggestions of his employees and to act upon them whenever they seemed practical, Mr Fowler has been able to keep alive the interests of his responsible assistants, and with their help to work out many improvements in the various departments in an incredibly short time.

Probably one of the most Important elements in the success of Fowler, Dick & Walker has been their readiness to engage their employees to profit by the firm’s prosperity. It is a common occurrence for a worthy employee to rise from the rank’ of clerkship to a responsible and remunerative position The helpers are always considered when improvements are made to the firm’s buildings or brought about in the arrangements of departments, or in the methods of operation. In consequence of this practice there is a spirit of mutual interest which benefits employers and employees, while it helps the growth of business.


CELLARDYKE. TIMELY ASSISTANCE —While playing about the Shore at the east end of the Town on Friday, a young lad Mason, son of Mr Mason, Kilrenny Mill, fell into the sea, and was swept seawards for some distance when his plight was observed by Mr Thomas Watson, a cooper in the employment of Messrs Melville & Son. Mr Watson immediately jumped into the water and got a grip of the lad. The rescuer experienced considerable difficulty in landing. but with further assistance both were pulled ashore in a rather exhausted condition. But for Mr Watson’s plucky rescue, there is no doubt Mason would have been drowned.

Few people seem to be aware of the fact that Mr David Allan, shipbuilder, Granton, took in the building and working of what I consider were really the first. successful steam drifters that operated on the Scottish coast. In the year 1878 that gentleman built and equipped two very tidy steamers, purposely for the prosecution of the herring fishing. During the fishing season of that year both of those crafts fished at Aberdeen, and were engaged to work at that port for the whole season. They were named the Forward and the Onward. The former fished for the firm of Messrs James Methuen and Co. of Leith, and the latter for Messrs Sharp and Murray, Cellardyke. For a number of years the Onward continued to fish at Aberdeen for the Cellardyke firm. Those crafts appeared at Aberdeen four years before steam trawling was commenced at that port, and there is little doubt but what they were the first steam fishing craft that operated there.

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In an article about the History of Sewing Machines.

…Nor is the Kingdom Fife behind in the march of progress; it can boast in the East Neuk a Blake Sewing eight of which only are used in Scotland. Do not be astonished, or become incredulous, when I tell you it can sole 200 pairs of boots in a day! I don’t know if Leslie is as far famed for bootmakers as Markinch is for cabbage, but if our friends the shoemakers are not up and at it, Cellardyke, for that’s where the Blake Machine is used, will cause them blush.

Cellardyke Police Commission – This board met on Monday, but the chief matter up was the appointment of a scavenger, Donald Ross, at one time connected with the Lanarkshire Police force, but for some years resident as a day labourer in the locality, being chosen at a wage of 20s a week. The duties are of a miscellaneous nature, bat the wages give a significant illustration of the rising nature of labour in the neighbourhood, the pay of the scavenger and lamplighter having exactly doubled of late years.

(Scavenger being the street cleaner, which in those days would also have to deal with slops, horse manure and sewerage type waste on the streets)


Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners Royal Benevolent Society

…The Committee having heard through their honorary agents that the towns of Cellardyke and St. Monance, in Fifeshire, had lost in one blow 37 of the flower of their sea-going men, leaving 19 women widows and 72 children orphans, and that a local fund was being raised to help these destitute ones, resolved to head the list of contributions with £150.

TO FARMERS. OFFERS are WANTED for the LIME as it comes from the Purifiers of the Anstruther and Cellardyke Gas Company’s Works, for the year from 1st July 1876 to 30th June 1877.

Offers to state the Price per ton, and to be lodged with John Adamson, the Manager, on or before 15th June next.

ESTIMATES WANTED for the MASON, JOINER, PLASTER, PLUMBER, and SLATER WORK of a HOUSE and SHOP to be built in Cellardyke. Plans and Specifications are in the hands of Mr John BROWN, Cunzie House. Anstruther. with whom Estimates must be lodged on or before 8th June. The lowest or any Offer may not be accepted.

EAST OF FIFE MUTUAL INSURANCE BOAT CLUB. THE Directors are prepared to receive PROPOSALS for Policies. Applications to be made to Mr George Sharp Merchant, Cellardyke, Secretary and Treasurer.

Extraordinary Large Take of Fish.

The Largest capture of fish for this season has been landed at Anstruther Harbour, and was secured by the crew of Skipper James Brunton, belonging to Cellardyke, who had been at the deep-sea fishing. The catch comprised 54 saithe, 39 ling, 101 halibut, 130 skate and 600 cod; total 925 fish all in prime condition. The Halibut alone sold for £39 and the whale catch realised the goodly sum of £63 (approx. £7,745 today)


DERELICT FOUND BY FIFE FISHERMEN. The week before last some of the Cellardyke fishermen noticed a waterlogged vessel of Norwegian build in the North Sea, but the distance from land was so great that no attempt was made to secure the derelict, which was being stripped of her materials by French fishermen. Last week, however, she had drifted to about seventy miles from the May Island, the crews of two of the boats took her tow, and succeeded bringing her into Anstruther harbour on Friday. The schooner herself is only fit for breaking up, but she has a large and valuable cargo of fir staves, which are being landed for the purpose of being sold by public roup. As the stern of the derelict is completely gone, her name cannot be ascertained.

FATAL BURNING ACCIDENT. —On Friday last, a little girl two and a half years of age, granddaughter of and residing with George Anderson, ploughman, Tolbooth Road, was playing with another child about the fireside when a pot full of boiling water lying on the hearthstone by some means was overturned. The poor girl fell among the water, and was so severely scalded that although every remedy was applied, she died next day after twenty hours’ intense suffering.

Our obituary_ this week records the death of Mr Andrew Keay, late of the Customs Office here. Mr Keay, who was a native of Cellardyke, was laid aside from duty last November, and since that time has suffered greatly from cancer in the stomach, from which he died on Wednesday. The deceased, who was in hit sixty-sixth year, was appointed to the Customs in 1833, and after acting hero for 16 years, occupied similar positions in Leith and in Wales, subsequently returning to Anstruther in 1866. He was invariably a zealous and faithful servant, and in the execution of his duty travelled the district in all kinds of weather, which many younger men would have delayed until the conditions were more favourable. Mr Keay, who was altogether 38 years in the Customs, was superannuated only in February last. He leaves a widow and a grown-up family, one of his sons being in business in Constantinople.


John o’ Groats Journal

At the opening of a bazaar in Anstruther, for the establishment a new church at Cellardyke the Rev. Dr Phin, who received a cordial greeting, said—l am very much gratified by the remarks which have been made by excellent friend Professor Christie, and it gives me extreme pleasure to be here to-day in compliance with his request. I may mention that recollections of Cellardyke are not of yesterday. In my early life I lived in the house of my father, who was minister of Wick, and as far back as my memory stretches Cellardyke fishermen were in the habit of coming down to Wick to prosecute the herring fishery. I recollect of their attendance at father’s church, and I have pleasure in mentioning the good conduct they displayed in the midst of the other fishermen.


Shetland – All the South Country boats have now left here except the two Cellardyke boats which have been remarkably fortunate all through the season.

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On Wednesday forenoon, Thomas Cunningham, pilot, Cellardyke, seeing a schooner entering the Firth with loss of foretopmast and jibboom, got his boat manned and went off, and found her to be the Jean McCole, of Glasgow, bound from Grangemouth to Memel, with coal and machinery. The captain stated that on the previous day, when about 50 miles to the eastward of the Island of May, he lost his jibboom and foretopmast, and two hands who were on the jibboom at the time. He declined any assistance, and proceeded to Granton. The vessel was not insured.


Kilrenny Town Council. —At a meeting of this Council on Saturday—Provost Martin presiding—the Chairman read a note received from Mr Ellice, M.P., who enclosed a communication he had received from the Post Office authorities, intimating that the telegraph would be extended to Cellardyke immediately. The Clerk read a petition from the inhabitants of the village of Kilrenny requesting the Council to take steps to provide a supply of water for domestic purposes, the former source having become impregnated with oil and other impurities from the Paraffin Oil Works at Pitcorthie. The lessee of these works, Mr A. G. Yool having promised a subscription towards defraying the expense making a well, the meeting appointed the Magistrates as a Committee to inquire as the most suitable site, and have the grievance remedied as soon as possible.

THE MUSSEL SCALPS. For some time back regular warfare has been going on between the St Andrews fishermen and the parties authorised by the Town Council to sell the mussels at the scalps on the south side of the Eden. A good quantity of the mussels have been taken away by the fishermen without being paid for, though is said they offered 6d instead of ls the basket, and on the refusal of this sum “helped themselves.” We believe a number of them will shortly appear before the Court in Cupar to answer to a charge of theft. …………. We know it is urged that boats from Cellardyke and other places are able to pay the 1s; but then it must be remembered that these are large boats, and the mussels are only got for the purpose of catching other bait for the deep sea fishing; consequently they only need bait once a week, while our fishermen require it daily. may be urged that our fishermen should also get large boats and go to the deep-sea fishing, but then the question of the risk with these large boats, and harbour like ours, comes in to nullify that suggestion.

CELLARDYKE. BURGH COURT. -At a burgh court held on Saturday—Provost Martin and Bailies Sharp and Watson on the bench—David Brown, carter, Anstruther, was charged with having committed a breach of the peace on Monday 1st inst., and also with malicious mischief, by breaking a window in the house occupied by Thomas Pringle, cooper. He pled not guilty, and the evidence of two witnesses was adduced. It appeared that Brown had on the night in question indulged a little too freely, and in that condition had resolved to pay a visit to his “lady fair.” The stair which it was necessary to ascend, before reaching her domicile, however, proved too much for him, and the noise which he made in attempting to get to the top having aroused the landlord, that person at once proceeded to persuade him to leave, the argument used being a poker. Brown resented the interference by smashing two or three panes of glass, and then raising a disturbance. The Bench found the charge proven, and he was sentenced to pay a fine of 10s. 6d., or suffer 10 days’ imprisonment.

Furious Driving. —At the Burgh Court of West Anstruther on Monday—Bailies Darsie and Dougal on the bench—David Brown, who was convicted on Saturday in Cellardyke, was charged with furious driving to the danger of the lives of the lieges on the High Street on the evening of Wednesday last. He pleaded guilty, and after receiving a suitable admonition from Bailie Darsie, he was sentenced to a fine of 5s, or eight days’ imprisonment.


CAPTURE OF A WHALE BY A FISHING YAWL. Some excitement was created in the town last Saturday morning by the landing of a whale which has been captured in the nets of a yawl belonging to Mr James Gardner, Cellardyke. Mr Gardner had been prosecuting the salmon fishing in the Firth, his brother Mr John Gardner, being along with him in the boat, and they were in the act of pulling in their nets when they first discovered the animal. Steps were immediately taken to secure it by fastening a rope round its tail, which was only effected with considerable difficulty. They then proceeded to tow the whale towards the shore, but the resistance of the animal was so great as to break the rope. They succeeded, however, in hooking it by the mouth, and got the rope fastened once more, but before they had got much further it was again broken. While engaged in making the rope fast, Mr John Gardner had a narrow escape from receiving some injury. The whale had made a sudden movement and striking its tail out of the water almost touched his forehead. The yawl reached the harbour about three o’clock in the morning, and the whale was immediately thereafter pulled up on the slip at the east quay. While lying there, it continued to blow until the tide receded, after which it lay high and dry for several hours upon the slip, where it was visited by a large number of people, drawn to the spot by the somewhat unusual spectacle. The only sign of life was a frequent quivering over several parts of body, and it was thought incapable of further exertion. In this, however, the onlookers were mistaken, for about ten o’clock the animal, to the astonishment of the spectators, made a last desperate struggle, and threw itself over the slip into the harbour, striking and moving a yawl in its fall. It was purchased by Provost Todd for 45s. The whale was a specimen of the minor or smaller Rorqual, (Physalus Boops) which was first well described by the late Dr Knox. The name Rorqual is derived from a Norwegian word which signifies the whale with folds, in allusion to the deep longitudinal folds which these of our readers who witnessed the whale would observe along, the under jaw and a considerable portion of the lower parts of the animal. It was a female, and measured about 17 feet in length, and 8 feet in circumference. The animal lay in one of Provost Todd’s sheds until Monday, when Mr Millen Coughtrey, M.B.C.M., Edinburgh, late assistant to Professor Turner, and who had come down specially to view it, examined and cut up part of the fish, and took minute notes concerning it, with a view to make the most of it for science. The stomach of the whale was found to be empty, so that no light was thrown upon the nature of its food, which is supposed to be chiefly small living creatures which can be retained by the whalebone. According to Wood’s ‘lllustrated Natural History,’ a whale of this species haunted the Firth of Forth for a period of 20 years, and was popularly recognised under the name of the ‘hollie pike,’ on account of a hole through its dorsal tin, which had been perforated by a musket. The same writer save: —’The bulk of this animal is greater than that of any other whale, as many specimens have known to attain the length of more than 100 feet, and one or two have reached the extraordinary length of 120 feet. By inexperienced whalers it is sometimes mistaken for the Greenland whale and harpooned, but is very seldom killed, for the creature is so remarkably active and fearless that in many cases the aggressors have paid dearly for their error by a crushed boat and loss of several lives. On one occasion a Rorqual started off in a direct line and at such a speed that the men lost their presence of mind and forgot to cut the rope that connected the whale with the boat. Making directly for a neighbouring iceberg, the Rorqual shot under it, and drew the boat with all its crew beneath the ice, where they disappeared for ever from the gaze of mankind. Owing to the persevering manner in which the Rorqual follows its prey to our shores, it is more frequently stranded upon the British shores than any other true whale. One of these animals that was thus captured was 95 feet in length, and weighed 249 tons. The skeleton of this magnificent animal was preserved and mounted, and after the bones were dry, their united weight amounted to 3 tons. (This more commonly known as a Fin or Herring Whale)


“Willie Thomson.” – No little sensation was neighbourhood on Wednesday last week by the appearance of a swarthy, haggard-looking man, clad in a rough moleskin jacket, and with his bare toes protruding through the points of his shoes—who, notwithstanding an eighteen years’ absence, was quickly recognised as “Willie Thomson,” or more familiarly as “Daft Willie,” who was tried at the Perth Autumn Circuit of 1855 for a criminal assault on a girl of about seven years old the daughter of Duncan Macdonald then a farm servant at Coalfarm, on the 16th of May of that year and being of weak intellect was ordered by the Court to be confined as a dangerous lunatic. Willie was for many years an inmate of the lunatic ward of Perth Penitentiary, but was removed to the Retreat at Springfield, from which, however, he took the first opportunity to escape to the Central Prison, where he had become attached to the officials had shown no inclination to stray till Tuesday morning when something akin to home sickness had tempted him to take the road to Cellardyke. The poor creature was soaking wet with the heavy rains and famishing with hunger; but though his mental condition was not to be disguised, his behaviour in every respect sedate and harmless, and he showed a vivid recollection of the neighbourhood as he had known it some twenty years ago. Poor Willie was soon the centre of a large and interested group, and many a kind word fell upon an ear albeit seldom used to tones of compassion and sympathy. “Do you ken me, Willie?” asked veteran skipper “Aye fine,” was the ready response, ” your auld Davie Strauchan.” “Do you mind o’ that house?” inquired another. “Hoo can I no,” answered the poor waif with a tear, “it was aince my mither’s;” but with childlike simplicity so characteristic of his class, nothing appeared to interest him so much as the improvements that came under his notice. “I’d like tae stop at hame,” he said, “aside sae mony -bonie new hooses.” In the meantime, however our Poor Inspector— Mr Thomas Brown—had by the agency of the telegraph, obtained the secret of Willie’s unexpected arrival in Cellardyke; and it may furnish the best illustration of his quiet and docile character that he  at once accompanied Mr Brown to the station , from which he was at once conveyed under the same humane keeping by the one P.M train to Springfield Asylum. Willie, who is now over 50 years of age, was long the “Davie Gellatley” of the East Neuk . His mother was a strong limbed fish wife of Cellardyke, that besides her ‘haddie creel’ also trafficked in loaf-bread about the cottar houses taking eggs and butter in exchange; indeed, her maxim was that of the famous Tam the Gallanter who took anything for everything from his customers ” but their bare word. “Martha, the black witch” as the country children called her, brought up her illegitimate child, Willie, who was a half-wit from his cradle, to her wandering avocation, and as he grew up a powerful muscular fellow, he was able to carry a giant’s load from farmstead to farmstead, though ever wayward, he would, ten times a day throw his his “big sheetfu'” to the ground and refuse to stir a foot till bribed with “anither cookie” by his indulgent mother. Willie was likewise an artist in his way, and painted sea views innumerable, in all of which however, his favourite French fishing luggers were sure to be the leading figures in the picture, though his passion for colours came to be divided by his enthusiasm for the little trim steam packet, “Xantho” which he watched night and day as devotedly as if it had been a living thing. Like the ill-fated “Daft Jamie” of Edinburgh, Willie was known to everybody about the shore, and about twenty years was frequently employed in porter work about the steamer and to run errands for Mr John Todd and other fish merchants, and though often the sport of the young and foolish was looked upon as simple and harmless, till the attack upon the poor child which has consigned him to lifelong confinement. His mother so far held a firm hand over him, but when she fell victim to the cholera visitation of 23 years ago, he was left as it were to the mercy of the stranger, and though always treated with much indulgence by some of the leading inhabitants of the district, there can be no doubt that his wants have been better seen to in Prison than if he had been at liberty.


Early on Monday morning, some fishermen discovered a steamer ashore a little to the east of Cellardyke Harbour, at Anstruther, and on approaching the spot she was made out to be one of the General Steam Navigation Company’s vessels, the Heron, Captain Wilson, from London for Granton with goods and passengers. Very thick weather had been experienced during the voyage, and the vessel was being steered WNW. when she went ashore, between twelve and one o’clock yesterday morning. An attempt was made to get her off when the tide was full at noon. bat was unsuccessful, and the whole of the passengers, among whom were several soldiers of the “Black Watch” were afterwards landed and left by rail for their destinations. The steamer lay in a favourable position, and was floated off with the night’s tide without assistance. She sustained no damage and arrived safely at Granton at three o’clock on Tuesday morning.

The Cellardyke Echo – 28/04/2022 – Issue 337

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On Sunday afternoon, funeral services were conducted in Kilrenny Church and in the Forth Street Hall, Cellardyke, for the men who perished in the late storm. In Kilrenny Church there was a crowded audience, many having to stand during the service. Rev. Mr Anderson chose for his text, 2d Samuel xiv., and 14 verse :—” We must needs die.” He concluded as follows: My friends and hearers—l need not say why I have selected this subject to-day. The reason is well known to you all, and I believe you are at one with me regards the fitness of it for the occasion. I have the concurrence of the nearest relations of those whose loss we mourn, for this funeral service. There is an awful sadness and solemnity surrounds the whole circumstance which has been filling our minds for the past ten days—the loss of a brave and a good crew. Cheerful and happy they left their houses, for each one of that crew was more happy and cheerful than another in his natural disposition, but alas! we were to see their faces no more. We see yet, as it were, that brave crew composed of all ages, from the grey hairs down to the youth of 16, who made his first but ill-fated passage to the deep sea, and among them were men who had only turned the years of ripe manhood and, humanly speaking, had reason to look forward to many years of comfort and support to their wives and families……………

Speaking in the Forth Street Hall, Cellardyke, to a large congregation, Rev. Mr Macalpine concluded as follows :—And now, brethren, I enter upon a most painful and pathetic part in our service this afternoon. Frequently in this hall, on week-days and Sabbaths, have we rendered such grateful acknowledgement as we could command to our gracious and sovereign Lord for the singular immunity from disaster and loss of life which this community has enjoyed. In recent years other neighbouring towns on the sea-board have been called upon to mourn the loss of brave and gallant men. Now, however, a dark and mysterious providence has overshadowed us, and to-day we can scarcely describe our feelings when we sorrowfully acknowledge that our congregation and town are so much poorer by this disaster, By a pleasing consensus of opinion it appears that the crew of the “Garland,” from their weight of character, the consistency of their life, their readiness to oblige, their assistance to and interest in your Y.M.C. A., and their devotion to personal religion, may be considered on the whole, one of the best crews in our fleet. All the men I did not personally know, but four of them—two belonging to a sister church and two belonging to this congregation—l knew intimately and well. The aged man—Adam Watson, was one of the fruits of the great revival of 1859, and bore during these years a life of consistency, although it might be a life that did not come much before the public view. Such a splendid trait in that life to find the old skipper not ashamed to own his Lord, and taking his crew with him to a throne of grace at evening prayer. Another of the crew belonging to a neighbouring congregation, David Watson, was a man whose uprightness and activity are known to all. His life was a burning and shining light. In nearly; every Christian agency in the town his presence was felt. Latterly in the Y.M.C.A., in the Mission School, and at open air meetings he seems to have possessed premonition that his grave wee to be a watery one. Three times before this sad gale has he been overboard- on one occasion nearly 40 minutes in the water, and do not some of you think that declaration “should I die in the next storm I am perfectly reedy,” was spoken on the lip of his watery grave? And can, you men, specially you young men, not recall his tender messages of God love and his earnest appeals for your salvation? Sorely “he being dead yet speaketh.” I have been told by a sorrowing relative that constantly he prayed for a revival of God’s grace upon our town. However, now that he has entered through prayer into praise, we believe his prayers mingling with ours may yet secure the blessing for which he and we so much long. A third we all knew and loved much. He was a member of the working committee of the Y.M.C. A. In all its services he was a hearty and helpful member. His simple and earnest prayers you cannot forget, and his modest and unassuming manner you could not despise. He was a close reader, a man with a clear head and a warm heart. One day in speaking with him on personal religion, I was surprised to hear him ask my opinion of Matthew Arnold’s phrase-” religion is morality touched with emotion;” and after explaining that this was the phrase of modern religious philosophy he said, ” Well I neither ken nor care, but the kind of religion I believe in is a morality made and sanctified by the Spirit of God.” So spoke that bright and happy Christian-James Salter. With another we were very intimate. And certain am I that many can bear-witness to the fact that of all the obliging men none was more obliging than our friend John Brown. His conversion took place in a neighbouring church a few years ago. His goodness was unobtrusive, his piety was unaffected, and his delight was to listen to addresses that were evangelistic. Just four weeks tonight, after our services he said “That’s what I like, an address that strikes and sticks.” With the other members of the crew I was not personally acquainted, two of them young men, and one a nice lad whose experience is deeply touching. Several times he asked his father’s permission to accompany the “Garland” in its deep trip, twice his father quietly refused, but yielding to his son’s solicitations, permission was granted, but poor boy his first trip was to be his last. Thus today we grieve for the loss of men in the morning, noon, and eventide of their days. And what I have said of the Christian worth and moral excellences of the men, as well as what you know of the character of the others, lead me to say further that our community can ill-spare such a fine, noble, manly, Christian crew. However, the Lord has need of them. In closing may I invite this very large audience to witness two scenes. The one is away across these tossing waters. You see seven men battling with wind and wave, doing everything that ingenuity and forethought could devise, until in despair they betake themselves, it may be, to their cabin, calmly awaiting their fate. They are fearing, hoping, sighing, and commending each other to the care of him in whose hands the sea is. And shall we say that, although no human eye saw their fate, the angels of God were present, surrounding the weather-driven boat, and cheering the brave men whom they were so soon to bear across the rushing flood. For surely the pathway to heaven is as safe and as short by sea as by land, and experience as sweet through the raging sea as through a raging fever. Methinks you hear them saying, “Good night” in the midst of the shrieking storm, but do you not hear them saying “Good morning.” on the threshold of glory. To different Christian denominations they belonged on earth, in different sanctuaries they worshipped, but today we lift our tearful eyes and see them in the one temple, in the one home, in the one Heaven, singing with one voice and with one heart “Unto Him that loved us and washed us from our sins in his blood.” The other scene is to cast a passing glance at the homes draped in gloom. It would be indiscreet were I a privileged visitor, to draw aside a veil so secret and so sacred as woman’s sorrow. But I may say, could you but see the pallid cheeks, the startled looks, and witness the strong womanly effort at a patient submission you could not grudge your sympathy and prayers. Finally. To all the lesson is painful as it is impressive. The old men who have weathered many storms may yet lie in a grave where no one but the eye of God may see; the young men dare not dream of old age, and the young may take but one step from the threshold of manhood to the portals of death. Therefore, the lesson to one and all be—” Be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, of Man cometh.

The Cellardyke Echo – 21/04/2022 – Issue 336


DOCTOR KILLED IN FIFE. Dr J. R. C. Mackintosh. Anstruther, met his death while doing his calls at Cellardyke. Dr Mackintosh was taking a turn on his push bicycle, when he was met by a handcart on Tollbooth Wynd coming uphill. It supposed that in order to avoid a collision the doctor pressed his front brakes too sharply and was thrown to the ground, turning complete somersault. He was carried unconscious to his residence at Laurel Bank, Anstruther. His skull was fractured and he died in few hours. A native of Kilbarchan, in Renfrewshire. Mackintosh was educated and graduated M.B., Ch.B., Glasgow University. Only 35 years age. He is survived by a widow and two infant children.


CRAIL SHAREHOLDERS VOTE ON QUESTION, The proposed amalgamation of the Anstruther and Cellardyke Gas Co. with Crail Gas Co. was under consideration at a meeting of the Crail Co. shareholders held in Crail Town Hall. Mr John Duncan of Kirkmay, a director the Company, presided. Both Companies, it will be recalled, have come to an arrangement regarding amalgamation, but the Town Council of Crail agreed a majority resist the amalgamation of the Companies, and a motion by Provost Milne that the Council ask conference with the Company directors in order to discuss the prospects of purchasing the Crail works by the town was carried. At the shareholders’ meeting there were only 13 present, and the initial vote, on the motion the Chairman, “that the policy the Directors of Crail Gas Co. be adopted.” was carried by 8 votes to 5.

 Provost Milne, representing Crail Town Council as shareholders, moved an amendment “that the meeting of shareholders of Crail Gas Co. be asked to drop all further negotiations with Anstruther Gas Co. regarding amalgamation, and that they continue carry the undertaking entirely as at present.” “Votes by proxy” were then counted, the motion being carried 366, against 277, hardy half of the number on the list of shareholders. Crail Town Council at their next meeting in view of the majority that voted against amalgamation at previous meetings, will no doubt consider what further steps are to be taken in the matter.




By Gallantry of Captain and one of crew.

The fishing boat True Love left Anstruther Harbour for the West Coast fishing last night. While off the Billowness one of the crew named Martin Tarvit, fell overboard and narrowly escaped drowning. The man had been a minute or two in the water before he was missed, but when he was observed Skipper Anderson and one of the crew named Fleming at once plunged into the sea with a rope attached to them, and brought the man on board, not, however, before he was unconscious. The boat was immediately turned back to Anstruther, where Tarvit was medically attended. The boat belongs to Pittenweem, and Tarvit resides in Cellardyke.


Mr David Lister, organist, and Methil Parish Church choir excelled themselves on Sunday evening, when they submitted their monthly musical programme. Also greatly appreciated were the solo items by Bailie Carstairs, Cellardyke.


Mr Alexander Gourlay, fisherman, of 6 Dove Street, Cellardyke, who died on 11th February last, left personal estate valued at £1091.


Mr J. Duncan Millar at Cellardyke

Mr J. Duncan Millar, K.C., prospective Liberal candidate for East Fife, addressed a well -attended meeting in Cellardyke Town Hall last night. Provost Mitchell was in the chair.

Mr Millar who was chairman of the Scottish Liberal Federation’s committee of inquiry into the fishing industry, dealt with the recent report of committee. Its proposals were, he said, calculated to form the basis of a distinctive Parliamentary programme applicable to the Scottish industry, and, at the same time supply a fighting policy for the Scottish fishermen.

Many harbour authorities found themselves burdened with debts accumulated during the war. Where regular revenue rates could not levied he advocated the remission of those debts by State grants. In the repair and proper equipment of harbours the Government could find a means of absorbing a big section of our unemployed.

“The reopening of the Russian market is the most important step in the reconstitution of the fishing industry,” declared Mr Millar. He advocated the removal of the political and commercial deadlock which existed today and the renewal of trade with Russia. On the authority of Mr George Hall, of Aberdeen, one of the trade delegates in Russia, he said that an enormous herring trade could be done with that country.

Referring to trawling and policing of fishing boats, he said that his committee were in favour of protecting inshore fishermen. Seaplanes and fast motor boats should be introduced for patrolling. The meeting was also addressed by Mrs Helen Barton, Prestwick.

Daffodil Day in Anstruther and Cellardyke realised £12 12/8 ½