The Cellardyke Echo – 16/03/2023 – Issue 380


Saturday Night Brawl.—Before Provost Readdie. at a Burgh Court, on Monday, Alexander Moncrieff, fisherman, Cellardyke, pleaded guilty to having created a breach of the peace in the Shore Street on Saturday night. It was stated that Moncrieff was the worse of liquor at the time. Moncrieff said he was to leave next day to join the colliery transport engaged by the Admiralty. This fact was kept in view by the Provost, who imposed a fine of 30s, with the alternative of 20 days. The fine was paid.

The following men have joined the Royal Naval Reserve: —Messrs David Watson, Thomas Lothian, Robert Smith, and D. Mackay. of Cellardyke; and R. McKenzie, Pittenweem.

Result of School Concert. With the proceeds of the school concerts held recently, a strong, serviceable knife is to be sent to each soldier or sailor belonging to West Anstruther, East Anstruther. Cellardyke. and Kilrenny. The knife will bear an inscription appropriate to the occasion, and should, therefore, prove a suitable memento, besides proving of considerable practical utility. Bailie Butters, Cellardyke, has kindly undertaken to supply the knives at cost price. The first consignment is expected to arrive in the course of this week. A knife is to be sent to each man whose name appears on any of the local Church Rolls of Honour. The friends of those, who are at present serving in any branch of the Army or Navy, but whose names do not appear on any Church list, should communicate immediately with the Headmaster of Cellardyke School, otherwise no knives will be sent to those men. Thanks are due to the local clergymen, who willingly supplied all the information necessary for the compilation of a general list, while Mr John Barbour also rendered Yeoman service in collecting addresses.

A knife I was gifted and passed on to the Burgh Collection

LEAVE OF ABSENCE FOR CELLARDYKE MINISTER. The Established Presbytery of St Andrews met in that city yesterday , the Rev William  Neil, Newburn, moderator- A request was submitted from the Rev James Ray, Cellardyke, desiring leave of absence for three months from 1st April to enable him to accept the chaplainship of a military hospital which had been offered him.  On the motion of the Rev. Levack the request was granted, and the Rev. J.W Anderson Anstruther, was appointed as moderator at Cellardyke during Mr Ray’s absence. It was stated that owing to the war the population of Cellardyke was half it had been.


Montrose Minister’s Action for Stipend – The Second Division of the Court of session  last Thursday disposed of an appeal from the Sheriff Court at Cupar in an action by the Rev. A. Noble Scott, Union Place. Anstruther (formerly of Montrose), against John Dick, fisherman, Cellardyke, and  others, the managers of the Evangelical Union Church, Anstruther, for payment of £52 10s, being seven months’ salary due to the pursuer as minister of the church. Sheriff-Substitute Armour -Hannay, in his findings, stated that in April, 1906, the pursuer received a call from the congregation. The salary agreed upon was £90 per annum, with the free use of a manse, and a bonus of £10 if the funds of the church could afford it. The pursuer accepted the call, and gave up his charge at Rutherglen. Disputes arose, and in December, 1913. the pursuer received a letter from the managers of the church dispensing with his services as at January 31, 1914. His salary was paid monthly at the rate of £7 per month until June. 1913. and there was thus due to him the sum of £52 10s, which he sued for. The action was defended on a number of grounds. The Sheriff-Substitute decerned against the defenders as managers, and as such, representing the members of the church jointly and severally, for the sum sued for, with expenses. The defenders appealed to this Court, and contended that as they interpreted the Sheriff-Substitute’s interlocutor, it was a decerniture against them as individuals as well as in their representative capacity. The Court held that it was quite clear that the Sheriff-Substitute did not intend to subject the defenders in individual responsibility for payment of the sum sued for, apart from the question whether there were funds or not under their control, which they could make forthcoming to meet the pursuer’s demand, but in order to make the matter still more clear the Court varied the interlocutor to meet the defenders’ objection. The pursuer was found entitled to expenses.





Nelly O’Neal,                                     The General’s Adopted Daughter, Miss B. Woodward

Elsie                                                       Miss J. Keay

Violet                                                    Miss H . Stewart

Rose                                                      Miss M. Woodward

Dorothy                                               Miss S. Jack

Major-General Bangs, V.C.           Mr R. S. Keay

Patrick McGee, his Servant         Mr D.S Coleman

Harry Lisle, Clerk in the Government Office Mis E. McRuvie

The Raja of Rajahpore                   Mr J B. Boyter

Ah Sin, his Chinese Servant         Mr A. J. B. Gilmour

Electra, the Goddess of light      Miss I. McLeod

Raj the Rakshasha, a bold, bad spirit Miss  A. Watson

Conductress—Miss Rennie.

Synopsis Scenery-

Scene 1                 Outside the Rajah’s Palace

Scene 2                The Cave of Raj the Rakshasha

Scene 3                The Palace Gardens

Chorus of Populace—Imps of Darkness—Spirits of Light, etc.

Dresses and Wigs, &c. hired from the GLASGOW AND THEATRICAL FANCY COSTUME COY. Scenery and other Effects lent by the Manager, Gaiety Theatre, Methil

FRIDAY—Doors open, at 7.30; commence, 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (MATINEE only)—Doors open, at 2; commence, 230 p.m. -. prompt.

TICKETS, 2s 2d, 1s 2d, and 7d (Tax included). and Books of Words, 1d, to be had at various shops in Crail, Cellardyke, Anstruther, Pittenweem, St Monance, and Elie, and from Members of the Chorus. Children half-price on Saturday, e.g.. 7d and 4d.

Seats at 2s. 2d may be reserved at the ” Record” office on payment of a small fee of 4d. No cash taken at door until 7.50 p.m., by which time all ticket-holders are requested to be in their seats. Ladies are specially requested to remove their hats.


SCOTTISH SOLDIERS WIN MILITARY MEDAL FOR CONSPICUOUS BRAVERY IN THE FIELD. In a long list of Military Medal awards to non-commissioned officers and men published last night occur the names the following Scotsmen: 345749 L.-Cpl. (A. Cpl.) J. Black, Royal Highlanders (Dundee); 37928 Pte. A. W. Brown, M.G. Corps (Cellardyke): 9333 Sgt. R. Brown, Worcester Reg. (Tayport)……………………………………………….

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MAJOR ANSTRUTHER-GRAY AT THE COAST. Major Anstruther-Gray and Mrs Anstruther-Gray visited Anstruther and Cellardyke on Saturday forenoon. As this was the Major’s first visit to the fishermen since the election, he met with a hearty reception, particularly at Cellardyke, where men, women, and children turned out masse to welcome him. Major Anstruther- Gray and Mrs Anstruther-Gray, who seemed to appreciate the reception accorded them, spent a few hours conversing with the electors and their lady friends.


On Tuesday afternoon, a rather serious accident occurred on the middle pier. Mr George Melville, Cellardyke, was standing near the edge of the pier, when one of the ropes attached to the paul slipped off the notch, and struck Mr Melville across the legs, knocking him over. In his fall his head came in violent contact with the causeway, rendering him unconscious. He was carried into the harbourmaster’s hut, and first aid rendered until the arrival of Dr Wilson. He gradually came round, and was conveyed home to Croma in a cab. He had further relapses into unconsciousness, but is now on the road to recovery.

Harbour Commission. The treasurer submitted a case in dispute between himself and Mr Martin Gardner, junior. On the 17th February. the latter came into the harbour. but refused to pay dues, the excuse given to the Treasurer being that he had no herrings. He also entered the harbour on the 21st February, but had never reported himself. Mr Bonthron said he understood that Martin had shot his nets, but, on account of bad weather. was forced to run for the harbour without having time to haul his nets. The Treasurer—If that is so, there is no charge. Provost Black—But you say his reason was that he had no herrings. Leave the matter to the Chairman and Mr Bonthron to make enquiry. This was agreed to.

AN EXTRA LAID-UP BIRTH. A letter was read from Alexander Smith, Cellardyke, in regard to the payment of the laid-up composition for his boat the Utility, M.L. 92. The boat has been laid up since the end of the drove. He offered the Treasurer the £4 composition rate, but he said he was not authorised to accept it. There was plenty of room, and the harbourmaster said his boat could lie up in one of the tiers of laid up boats. If the Commission did not accept the composition rate, he would be liable to £9, which he was quite unable to pay.


Three Personal Estates.—Among the 61 inventories of personal estates lodged with the Sheriff Clerk at Cupar daring February, were the following :—Robert Williamson, plasterer, Cellardyke, £4165 2d ; David Brown, fisherman, Cellardyke £1486 2s 3d, and John Stewart, fisherman, Cellardyke, £1386 18s 2d.

OPENING ANNOUNCEMENT. Mrs WATSON begs to intimate to the inhabitants of Anstruther, Cellardyke, and district that she has added to her DRESSMAKING Business that of Millinery. The Millinery Department will be opened on SATURDAY First, showing a good selection of trimmed and untrimmed millinery, semi-trimmed hats, flowers, feathers, &c., also a good selection of children’s millinery at moderate prices. Mrs Watson begs to thank her customers for their patronage in the past, and hopes by strict attention to business to merit a share of public patronage. Note the Address 48 JAMES STREET, CELLARDYKE.


Men’s Own.—The usual meeting of the Men’s Own on Sunday was open to ladies, There was a large attendance. Anthems were tunefully rendered by the male choir, while Mr Peter Smith, Cellardyke, gave a sermonette in verse.

HERRINGS FROM STRANRAER. —On Friday a special train arrived from Stranraer with herrings, for Messrs T. Melville & Sons, Cellardyke. The herrings, which were large and of fine quality, were cured in Messrs Melville’s yard.

FIFE FISHERMEN CLAIM SALVAGE REMUNERATION. The record was closed in Cupar Sheriff Court yesterday, and proof fixed for March 14, in two actions raised by James Hutt, fisherman, St Monans, and others against John Watson, fisherman, Cellardyke, for £430 salvage remuneration for services rendered to the steam drifter Pride Fife, and Robert Davidson, fisherman, Cellardyke, for £70 for salvage on the fishing boat Guide Me. Both boats were in distress in Eyemouth Bay on September 9, and were towed safely to harbour by the pursuers’ boat, the Lizzie Hutt.


Is there Luck in Fishing? FISHERMAN SWEARS BY PERSEVERANCE. Insurance Act Test Case, (Special Edinburgh, Friday. Proof was continued before Lord Mackenzie in the Court of Session, Edinburgh, to-day in the test case to determine the position of share fishermen under the Insurance Act. Evidence was given men from Johnshaven and Cellardyke. Martin Gardiner, cross-examined by the Solicitor-General, did not believe in luck in fishing. Do you believe in the skill of the skipper? — I believe in perseverance and good gear— (laughter)—and also skill in knowing when shoot the nets.

BALINTORE—Superintendent of Tanks. — Mr A. Wood, fisherman, Hilton. has been appointed by Commander Munro. King’s Harbourmaster. Cromarty, superintendent of the naval water tanks at Invergordon. Mr Wood is a native of Cellardyke.

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AN OBSTREPEROUS FISHERMAN. –Before Bailies Darsie and Graham on Friday, Alexander Jack, fisherman, Cellardyke, pled guilty to having on Saturday night, the 21st ult. , committed a breach of the peace in Shore Street opposite the shop of Mr John Lister. The Fiscal pointed out that the offence was a serious one. Mr Lister had a son lying very unwell, and accused was asked by Mr Lister to go away home quietly. He paid little attention to it, but began to shout and make a great noise. In fact, so great was the noise he was making that the policemen had to interfere and convey him to the lock-up, when he was let out on bail next morning. Four convictions were recorded against Jack. After conferring together as to the sentence, Bailie Darsie. as the senior Magistrate, cautioned accused that if he appeared before the Magistrates again he would not get the option of a fine. The panel was sentenced to pay a fine of 21s, or to suffer twenty-one days’ imprisonment. Fine paid.

THEFT OF BARRELS FROM THE GOODS STATION. —John Foster, carter, East Anstruther, and George Lindsay, carter, Cellardyke, were charged at a Burgh Court on Tuesday—Chief-Magistrate Wilson and Bailie Gilmour on the bench—with having on Wednesday evening, the 25th ult., stolen from the goods station of the North British Railway Company at West Anstruther, seven or more barrels, valued at is 10d each, the property of Messrs Thomas Brown & Sons, fish merchants, Lowestoft. Both pled guilty, after it had been explained that although they had not sold the barrels, they had taken them away for that purpose. The Fiscal said the accused had done wisely in pleading guilty to that serious charge. He was credibly informed that a large number of barrels had gone amissing lately, and that there was a habit of obliterating the names from the barrels, so that they could be disposed of to other fish merchants and curers in the place. He thought that was a very bad practice, because those parties who bought these barrels were resetters of theft, and by purchasing them they held out a great inducement to panels like the accused to commit theft. The accused were under the impression that; because they did not sell the barrels it was not theft. They were observed to take away the barrels, and being watched were prevented from obliterating the names before they were sold. Chief-Magistrate Wilson–It is a painful thing to see young lads such as you standing in your present position. If you wish to grow rich never suppose that you will do so by taking what is not your own. You should endeavour to act to others as you would have them to do to you. There is no previous conviction against you, and we have resolved to give you the option of a fine on this occasion. We are thus to be very lenient with you, and hope that it may act as a stimulant upon you both to walk hereafter in the paths of rectitude. The sentence is that you be fined in the small sum of 15s each, or failing payment you will be imprisoned for 20 days. Now I hope this will be a warning to you in future. The fines were both paid.

OPENING INTIMATION. JAMES FORTUNE begs most respectfully to intimate to the Inhabitants of CIELLARDYKE and District that he has acquired the Drapery Business so successfully carried on by Messrs ROBt. WATSON & CO.. Cellardyke; and having purchased the entire Stock at a very liberal valuation, purposes, previous to making new Purchases, to offer the same at such prices as are likely to command a ready clearance. He would take this opportunity of stating that it is his intention to conduct his business on the same sound cash principles as those adopted by his predecessors, and that he will endeavour to give the same uniform value as has always been offered at this Establishment. He will open on his own account on SATURDAY first, the 7th inst., when he hopes to have the Stock arranged ready for sale, and would commend to the general public the announcement he makes by separate bill. GEORGE STREET, CELLARDYKE.

ROBT. WATSON & CO., MERCHANTS, CELLARDYKE, hereby intimate that they have disposed of the Drapery Branch of their Business to Mr JAMES FORTUNE, under whose management it has been for some years, and in doing so they would take this opportunity of thanking those numerous friends who so liberally patronised them in this Department. They would most respectfully request on behalf of Mr Fortune a continuance of the same liberal patronage so kindly granted them for the past eleven years.



About 4 o’clock on Wednesday morning, during the heavy gale, a Norwegian vessel, named the “Charm,” of Christiana, went ashore to the east of Caiplie Coves, between Crail and Cellardyke. The vessel was bound from Middlesborough to Warborg, on the west coast of Sweden, and had a freight of pig-iron, coke, and coal. Leaving Middlesborough on the 7th of February, the vessel encountered very heavy weather after the 21st, and when coming into the Firth of Forth the May Light was mistaken for St Abb’s Head. The gale seemed to increase in severity, and shortly before four o’clock the vessel struck a rock, but immediately seemed to have cleared it and went on. The crew, which consisted of 7 men and a boy, at once summoned the captain, and he came up out of the cabin followed by the boy. The captain got forward all safe, but as the boy stepped out on to the deck a huge wave swept across the vessel, washing him overboard. It was too dark and the sea too tempestuous to make any attempt to save him. Immediately afterwards the vessel struck, and began to roll about. The crew, seeing the danger they were in, got their trunks with all their clothing turned out, and as they were very near to the land, they succeeded in safely landing them. Observing a light in the distance, the seven men set out for it, and had considerable difficulty in climbing over the accumulations of snow. Ultimately, they reached Barnsmuir, where they ware kindly treated. The news of the wreck soon spread both in Cellardyke and Crail, and large crowds of people flocked to the scene. The vessel has become a total wreck, and the cargo all dispersed. In the afternoon, a dead body was observed floating outside of Cellardyke harbour, but as it was impossible to get near it, no effort was made to bring it to land. Ultimately the tide floated it to the mouth of the harbour, when it was brought ashore and taken to Cellardyke Town Hall. It turned out to be the body of the lad drowned in the morning at Barnsmuir Sands out of the Charm. There were a good many cuts and bruises about the back of the head and brow. The lad’s name was Lorntz Larsen, 16 years of age, son of Lorntz Andersen, stonemason, Christiana. The body was taken charge of by Mr George Dickson, Inspector of Poor, and was interred yesterday afternoon in Kilrenny churchyard, the Rev. Mr Ray conducted a short service before the corpse was lifted in the Town Hall. There was a pretty large attendance at the funeral. The vessel was 150 tons burthen, and it is said that both vessel and cargo are insured.

FOR SALE by Private Bargain, the Deep Sea FISHING BOAT “MIZPAH,” of Cellardyke, KY. 2023. Length, 51 feet ; 3 1/2years old ; with all her Appurtenances, ready for Sea For further particulars apply to JAMES CUNNINGHAM (Rodger), Cellardyke.


Miss Fowler, Edinburgh, with her accustomed generosity to the poor of Cellardyke, where she resided for so long, has recently distributed a large quantity of coals to a number of deserving poor there.  

(1 week later  CORRECTION.—It shouId have been mentioned that G. Fowler, Esq., Adelaide, was the donor of the coals to poor in Cellardyke, instead of Miss Fowler, Edinburgh, as stated in last week’s Record)

Petition For Cessio.—Tuesday’s Edinburgh Gazette contained the following :—James Ogilvie, clothier, sometime in Dunfermline and Cellardyke, now in Edinburgh—to be examined in the Sheriff Court-house, Edinburgh, 21st March, at two o’clock.

NOTICE. A FEW INDIVIDUALS IN CELLARDYKE accuse a certain Skipper of keeping another’s Cod Money. I hare the Mosey in my possession. If any more is said about this matter by way of accusation, after this notice, proceedings will be taken against the offending parties. JAMES DICK.


EXPOSURE OF FISHING CRAFT.—The well known deep sea fishing craft “Jessies” of Cellardyke, owned by the late Skipper James Brunton, was exposed for sale at Anstruther jetty on Saturday afternoon. She was built about two years ago, and is fitted out so thoroughly with sails, anchors, &c., as to be quite the model of a North Sea fishing yacht, at a cost of £400. The upset price was £280, but the cloud to-day on the industries of the sea was surely never so striking as in the fact that there was no purchaser, though it is understood more than one young skipper has a longing eye to her acquisition. Curiosity, if nothing more, drew a large crowd to the spot.


EDEN RANGERS V. BLUE JACKETS (CELLARDYKE). — A gallant encounter took place on Saturday at Strathkinnes between the Eden Rangers and the Blue Jackets of Cellardyke. It began by the Blues, who won the toss, deciding for the lee goal. This was by and bye in danger, till by sheer pluck they scored the first point. Nothing daunted, however, the Rangers renewed the contest, but despite the adroit play of Secretary Seth, half-time was called with 3 to 0 for the Blues. In the next stage the Rangers were resolved not to be beaten on their own ground, but they were no match for the heroes of the coast, who left the field amid ringing cheers with 5 to 0.

Cellardyke Fisherman Drowned off Aberdeen Thomas Tarvett, a fisherman, forming one of the crew of the line fishing boat Mountaineer, 11 A, fishing from Torry, Aberdeen, was drowned at sea on Saturday morning. Tarvett was assisting to haul the sail, when he lost his balance, and fell overboard. An oar was at once flung to him, but he was unable to catch it. and sank almost immediately. The crew rowed about the place for over an hour in hopes of saving the unfortunate man or recovering the body, but after Tarvett sank he never came to the surface again. Deceased, who was a native of Cellardyke, was 25 years of age. and leaves a widow and one child residing at 5 Bank Street, Torry.

CELLARDYKE SKIPPER DROWNED IN THE FORTH. Skipper George Corstorphine, of the boat Anapira, of Cellardyke, was drowned in the Forth about four o’clock yesterday morning. The crew had pulled the nets about three miles in the offing of Pittenweem, and the boat was heading to Anstruther, with the skipper at the helm. Two of the crew who had been below returned to the deck to find to their dismay that the skipper had disappeared. It was pitch dark at the time. It supposed that the skipper in consequence of the hoar frost and had fallen overboard. The boat returned to Anstruther about daylight. Skipper Corstorphine, who was much respected by all who knew him, was about 52 years of age. He was a widower, with four sons and a daughter

On Monday morning eight Cellardyke fishermen left Anstruther by train for Glasgow to be employed as seamen on board the steamers of the Anchor Line. The previous week five Cellardyke, and one St Monance fishermen, left for a similar occupation. The whole of the men have been employed, and are in receipt of a good wage, much better than they have been earning at home for some time. Every one of those who have been employed were recommended by the agent of the Anchor Line at Anstruther.

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A Busy Day with the Candidates. —On Saturday afternoon the fishermen of Cellardyke, electors in the coast burghs of the St Andrews Parliamentary district, were addressed by three of the Liberal candidates at present before the constituency soliciting their suffrages. Mr Stephen Williamson delivered an excellent address to a crowded meeting. He was most cordially received. Mr Douglas Ainslie, likewise, in the Town Hall, spoke to the electors, and received a vote of thanks for address. Mr Lindsay Bennet followed the other two candidates with a speech, in which he enunciated his opinions on political questions. The customary vote of thanks was accorded.

The demand for houses especially of the class described “a but and a ben” would seem to be more pressing than ever the Coast towns the district. So far, the demand is being met by chisel and mallet both at Cellardyke and St Monans. and we hear of anew block of fisher homes which Mr Tosh is to erect on the fine sites recently acquired him near Pittenweem harbour. The cherished idea, however, with our builders, would appear run the direction self-contained villas. “Boarded” doors, indeed, would suggest that the demand overtaken, but several others are being arranged for. In the meantime, the favourite design is on the twin principle, which, if nothing more, has economy to recommend it. Thus, the half of the handsome villa, just completed by Mr John Ritchie, fishcurer, in Ayles Crescent, was purchased the other day for Mr Mitchell, of the firm of Messrs Watson and Mitchell, merchants, Cellardyke, for the surprising figure—if we look at the nature and extent the accommodation—of some four hundred guineas.


BOAT FOR SALE THE FISHING BOAT ” MARGARET” of Cellardyke, as she ran the Herring Fishing last Season, with all her Materials in good condition, belonging to Robert Watson (Fowler), Cellardyke. Apply to John McLeod Fishcurer, Pittenweem.

HAIRBREADTH ESCAPE OF A CELLARDYKE FISHING BOAT.—On Wednesday morning a fog of unusual density settled on the Forth, by which fishing and other craft were exposed the utmost jeopardy. With one exception, however, no serious accident occurred; but in the case referred to the crew escaped if by a miracle. It was the Cellardyke boat ” Useful,” Thomas Boyter, master, which was riding by the nets with the regulation light burning, when the watch on deck observed a steamer darting through the mist upon the boat. His cry met with response, as if there had been no outlook, till almost at the moment of collision, when the course of the vessel was so far altered ; but the paddle-box struck the boat on the bow with such violence to send stem and timberwork into splinters. Her destruction was thought to be inevitable, and Robert Ritchie, followed by the skipper, leapt on the deck of the steamer so as to be ready to rescue their companions; but, the first alarm over, they returned and hauled the nets, when the boat was towed to Anstruther harbour by the steam-tug, which proved be the trawler, “Frederick James,” running home to market. The boat is seriously damaged that she is disabled for the week. Fortunately, it was calm at the time the collision, or the consequences of what is alleged to have been open and reckless disregard every rule of seamanship might have been in the last degree serious to life and property. Although the vessel, we have said, was not trawling, but steering to port, the collision has excited quite a storm of indignation on the coast, and a petition to Parliament against this system fishing in the estuary was signed by hundreds  – buyers, as well as fisherman, giving their signatures – at St Ayle’s Gate, in the course of Wednesday. It does not exonerate the steamer; the contrary, wariness and attention were doubly called for, but the fog was so close and bewildering that it was only by ringing the signal-bell that the boats were able to make the harbour.


A very melancholy occurrence happened here by which a young man. named Alexander Gardner, 26 years of age, son of the skipper of the Day Spring (Martin Gardner), lost his life. The fishing fleet left the harbour in the afternoon of Friday, the 17th. as usual, and proceeded to the fishing ground. The weather at the time was good, but after the nets were cast, it began to blow from the west. A good many took in their nets and made for the harbour. Among those was the Day Spring, but the water being out of the harbour at the time, they had to wait till the water made. They were in the act of putting the boat round for the harbour, when a sudden flap of the sail took the unfortunate young man overboard. His father was the first to see him, and was so close as to touch him, but all efforts were in vain, he sank to rise no more. The sad occurrence has cast a gloom over the place. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn their loss. The gale continued all Saturday, and many of the boats put into northern ports. There was a great deal of damage done to the nets but by Sunday all had succeeded in getting home.


A boy of 15, named John Hoggans, son of a fisherman in Cellardyke, was sentenced to six strokes with the tawse for stealing twopence from a girl on the road between Anstruther and St Andrews. The youthful highwayman had gone up to the girl and ordered her to stand and deliver on the money or your life principle. Having got all she possessed he coolly went and spent it.

THE HERRING BOAT COLLISION CASE. The action at the instance of James Ranken, fisherman Roanheads, against Peter Murray, Cellardyke, skipper of the boat KY. 1383 concluding for £300 damages through the loss of his boat caused by a collision with the defender’s boat off Peterhead last fishing season, also came up. Mr Robertson, agent for defender, said the appeal was founded upon an interlocutor of the Sheriff Substitute granting a commission to the Sheriff Substitute at Lochmaddy, to take the evidence of three witnesses resident in Barra. Mr Robertson objected to this and held that it would be as convenient that the witnesses should be examined at Peterhead during the next fishing season. Mr Gray, for pursuer, pointed out that it would take about six days for the witnesses to be brought specially from Barra to Peterhead and that would cost about £50. He thought the Sheriff Substitute’s interlocutor on the point should be sustained. This case had been too long hung up already, and was a pure illustration of the law’s delays. The Sheriff suggested that the lightkeeper at Barra, whom he knew had experience in taking evidence should be appointed the person. After further discussion, however, The Sheriff affirmed the interlocutor of his Substitute with expenses to the pursuer.


The Enterprise of our Fishermen – No more eloquent illustration can be adduced of the onward spirit of the fishers of Fife that the notable activity in the boatbuilding yards of the Coast. Our townsman Councillor Jarvis, has, in particular, just added another dashing sea clipper to the Cellardyke Fleet in the ‘Mayflower,’ built to the order of that worthy veteran and well known office bearer in the Parish Church, Mr Alexander Watson. Like her consorts of late she is fully fifty six feet in length; but we specially notice her fine well developed lines, bespeaking, as every old sailor knows, a safe and trusty sea craft in the rising gale. There is no better example, indeed, of what a first class fishing craft ought to be, in view of the ever recurring hazards of the stormy sea; but notably in those days, when, as in the case of the ‘Mayflower’ sail after sail will be hoisted for Kinsale, and a little later for the Shetland isles.

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Whist Drive.—A whist drive organised by Cellardyke Improvements Committee was held in Cellardyke Town Hall. Over tables were occupied, Mr A. Bowman was card master, and prizes were presented by Mrs Martin Gardner to the following:—Ladies– Miss Janet Hodge, 2 Mrs Muir. Miss Cormack, 4 Miss H. Smith: consolation. Miss L. Smith. Gents. —1 A. Butters, 2 David Reid. 3 G. Hodge. 4 D. Jamie; consolation, J. Watson.

“CADGERS ” —OLD AND NEW Anstruther, which at one stage in its history could claim to be the largest port on the East Coast of Scotland, with considerable exports to Holland and other Continental ports, is now almost entirely dependent on the fishing-industry. The narrow, tidy streets which ramble out and in with a complete disregard for order that would grieve the heart of a modern town-planner, and with puzzling results for the stranger not familiar with the unexpected” twists and turns, speak of the age of the town. It is all corners. There is a High Street, but it is a more modest thoroughfare than its name would suggest, and it is not to be compared in spaciousness with the front street at the harbour. The ancient burgh now includes Cellardyke within its bounds. In other days a great many “cadgers” drove their fish carts from Cellardyke. They had a reputation for being rough, reckless, loud-voiced fellows, galloping their carts uproariously into quiet country villages, their big blue bonnets pulled belligerently down the nape of their neck—ready for anything from selling herring up to engaging in single combat with a customer who’ was inclined to haggle a little about the price. It would be an excellent thing for the herring industry to-day if a modern counterpart of the old-time “cadger” could be recruited and organised in sufficient numbers to go with herring from door to door, minus, of course, the aggressive manners alleged to have been the possession, of the old school in this part of the East Neuk, where the present-day inhabitants, at any rate, strike one as being as peaceful and industrious as their neighbours. Not so long ago Anstruther had about a dozen curing sheds, but there is not one today, centralisation of this part of the industry having led to the transfer in recent years of these activities to ports in the North. There is, however, a well-conducted factory in the town, where oilskins and woollens are manufactured, and welcome employment is given to the daughters of the fishermen. During the last three or four months of 1934 the number employed was nearly 300.


LADY’S DISTINCTION. Miss N. S. Oliphant, Mayview, Anstruther, has been presented by the Guild of the Church of Scotland with their long service medal and certificate. Miss Oliphant became secretary the newly-formed branch the Guild of Cellardyke Church in 1883, and served without a break that capacity until last year, when, owing to failing health, she resigned. Owing to her illness, the presentation was a private nature.

An operatic and dramatic entertainment was given in Anstruther Town Hall last night in aid of Cellardyke improvements scheme. The entertainment was arranged by Mr James Wood. Solos were rendered by the Misses Margaret Murray, Rena Smith, Jean Smith, Mrs Myles, Meg Hodge, Messrs M. Sutherland. R. Sutherland, James Wood. Wm. Riddell; duets by Mrs Hosie and Miss Margaret Murray, Mr James Wood and Miss Jean Smith, Messrs R. Sutherland and James Wood; trios by Miss Lizzie Anderson, Messrs David Jack and Melville Hodge; and a quartet by Miss Rena Smith, Mrs Hosie. Messrs M. Sutherland, and James Wood. Several items were rendered by the chorus, and a humorous play, ” Blatherwick’s Diplomacy,” was enacted by Messrs Melville Hodge. Wm. Riddell, David Jack, James Weir. Mrs Hosie, and Misses Lizzie Anderson, Meg Hodge, and Margaret Murray. Orchestral items were included in the programme, the orchestra consisting of Mrs Moule (piano), Mrs Henderson (harmonium). Mr Fred Higgins (violin), and Mr Eric Drinkwater (drums).


Fife Men on Trawler Feared Lost Off Shetlands

It is feared that two trawler disasters have occurred, one off the Orkneys and the other off the Shetlands. There are no signs of life on a trawler stranded on the Pentland Skerries. Longhope lifeboat has set out. Wreckage bearing the name May Island LH 194 ” has been washed ashore on the Shetlands. The May Island, a Leith trawler, carries a crew of ten including a number of Fife men.

LEITH TRAWLER FEARED LOST FIFE MEN AMONG CREW OF TEN Cellardyke Brothers on Board –  It is feared that the trawler May Island has been wrecked in Shetland. The May Island is owned Messrs Thomas H. Scales & Sons, Newhaven, and is registered at Leith. Her crew consists of ten men, belonging to Fife, Leith, and Cockenzie. A considerable quantity of wreckage was driven ashore at Norwick. at the north eastern end of the island of Unst, Shetland; during the gale. The wreckage gave the name and registration indices, May Island (LH 1.94).” It was stated in Unst that whistling from unknown vessel had been heard at 3 am – It was suggested that the vessel might have been wrecked on lonely part of the island.

Weather Bad. “I have been in contact with the Coastguard on the spot, and he could give me no definite information,” Mr Thomas H. Scales told Press reporter. “He said that the weather was bad, and that the wreckage had come ashore, but they were hoping the crew would be safe.The wreckage which was driven ashore includes a wireless set, a lifebelt, fishermen’s clothing, lifeboat, and a mass of other material, including fish-boxes.

The Crew. The master, James Tarvit (31), belongs to Cellardyke. He lives at 32 Fowler Street. His brother, John Tarvit (39), 8 Fowler Street, Cellardyke, is the mate. The other men are David Birrell (31), fisherman, 42 West Forth Street, Cellardyke; David Young, jun., (27), deckhand, Bracklinn, Station Road, St. Monance; John Blaikie (28), married, deckhand, 9 Edinburgh Road, Cockenzie; Graham Alexander (29), married, second engineer, 12 Winton Park, Cockenzie; Scott W. Herd (26). fireman. Bowling Green Street, Leith; James Herd, engineman, brother of Scott W. Herd; F. Auchinleck (41), trimmer, 12 Admiralty Street, Leith; R. J. Searle (49), married, cook 12 Perth Street, Edinburgh.

Took Brother’s Place.

Mr Scott Herd, the fireman on the missing vessel, is a young married man residing 5 Bowling Green Street, Leith. He has no family. He was accompanied in the ship by his brother. James Herd, who took the place of a third brother, Alexander, who was unable to sail owing to illness. James Herd, who is married, has a family of two.

In interview with Mrs Searle, whose husband was the ship’s cook, it was ascertained that Mr Searle had been at sea all his life.

Strong Swimmer. Mrs Searle said that although she was worried, she was confident that if anyone of the crew could be saved it would be her husband. “He is a strong swimmer,” she said, “and he has already been wrecked. That was before the war when he was on a wrecked oil tanker in the North. He had to fight both fire and water then. He was in the water for over 17 hours, that he has a good chance of being saved now.”, Mr Searle has three sons and three daughters whose ages range from three to fourteen. Only one, the eldest, is working. Mr Searle was 13 ½  years in the Navy, including the four war years.

The May Island left for the fishing grounds north of Shetland last Friday, and was not expected back until the end of this week. A sister trawler was reported to be lying Balta Sound, not far from Norwick.

The May Island was built by Russell, & Co., Ltd.. Aberdeen, in 1911 and was of 195 tons gross.


MALE VOICE CHOIR AT CELLARDYKE— Speaking at the close of the evening service in Cellardyke Parish Church on Sunday evening, the Rev. James R. Lee expressed appreciation of Crail Male Voice Choir for having led the praise. It was something unique in these days, he said, to have the praise led by male voices alone. Many congregations would be better if a larger number of young men took part in the work of church choirs. The choir, which was under Mr William Blair, A.R.C.O.. gave beautiful renderings of the 24th Psalm, the lovely “All in an April Evening,” “The Old Woman,” the hymns Nos. 309 and 83, and the 23rd Psalm.

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An accident befell a Cellardyke man yesterday when working St Andrews Police Office. He is a joiner, Wilson, Williamson Street, Cellardyke, and employed by Messrs Melville & Thomson, joiners, St Andrews. He was fitting new sash cords the window the police office, when the steps on was standing gave way, and he was pitched forward. To save himself Wilson shot out his left arm, which went through a double pane of glass and was very badly gashed. First aid was immediately rendered by Inspector McPhee and P.C. Dewar. The ambulance was sent for. and Wilson was conveyed to St Andrews Cottage Hospital.



A party of East Fife men who were motoring to Dundee on Saturday were involved in an accident in St Andrews shortly after noon. The car in which they were travelling belonged to Mr Wm. Band, motor hirer, who was driving, and the accident took place at a dangerous corner during blinding snow storm. The car had passed along Abbey Street and was turning into South Street, when it was involved a collision with a motor lorry belonging to Messrs Paterson Bros., fruiterers. South Street, which was proceeding eastwards along South Street. The windscreens of both vehicles were damaged. In addition, the right wing of the lorry was badly smashed and damage was also done to the car. The lorry was driven by Mr J. Paterson, who was accompanied by Robert Cochrane, assistant fruiterer, residing at Union Street, St Andrews. Cochrane was badly cut about the neck and the right eyebrow, and was removed to St Andrews Cottage Hospital, where he was detained. There were five passengers in the car, three of whom had to be treated at St Andrews Cottage Hospital for minor facial injuries. They were Thomas Watson, 6 Rodger Street. Cellardyke, James Watson, 13 East Forth Street, Cellardyke; and John Watson, sen, 40 West Forth Street, Cellardyke. The remaining two passengers, who were unhurt, were Bailie Carstairs, Anstruther, and Mr Watson, Anstruther. The driver also escaped serious injury.

COLLAPSED WHILE WALKING Anstruther Man Dies by Roadside The death of Sergeant Downey, of Kilrenny, Anstruther, occurred with tragic suddenness yesterday afternoon. Accompanied by two friends, he was out walking. He was enjoying his usual good health when they set out, but he complained a little of the cold, and they decided to go into Innergellie Woods, adjoining the village, where shelter could be obtained. While they were proceeding Sergeant Downey dropped down suddenly. Medical Aid. Medical assistance was summoned, but upon the arrival of Dr David Wilson, Anstruther, life was found to be extinct. Death was caused by a heart seizure. Sergeant Downey was in charge of the volunteers in Anstruther, and for a long period was member of the Parish Council of Kilrenny. Prior to the amalgamation of that parish with Anstruther, he was chairman of the Council. Before his retirement he owned a successful business as a spirit merchant in Cellardyke.

S.O.S. TO CELLARDYKE SEAMAN, Daughter Seriously Ill

An “S.O.S” to inform a Cellardyke seaman, at present sea, that his daughter is seriously ill was broadcast last night. The message was as follows: —Will any ship in the vicinity of the steam drifter Agnes Gardner (K.Y. 185), now  near Stornoway, please inform George Tarbet, seaman on board the Agnes Gardner, that his daughter, Catherine Tarbet, is lying seriously ill at 24 George Street, Cellardyke.

WIRELESS CALL TO SEAMAN Cellardyke Man’s Rush to Sick Child Mr George Tarbet, 24 George Street, Cellardyke, for whom an appeal was broadcast last night, arrived home in Cellardyke this morning. Mr Tarbet is a seaman on board the Anstruther drifter Agnes Gardner, which is operating in Stornoway waters just now, and owing to the serious illness of Mr Gardner’s 19-months-old daughter an appeal was sent out for him to return home at once. He received the message in Aberdeen last night, and reached Fife this morning. His daughter is reported to be slightly better.

The Agnes Gardner KY185


MORE HOUSES FOR CELLARDYKE Anstruther Council Approves The monthly meeting of Anstruther Town Council was held in Anstruther Town Hull. Provost Readdie presiding: Bailie Cook, convener of the Housing Committee. said the committee recommended Blyth’s Park, Fowler Street, Cellardyke, for the purpose of a housing site. They would be able to get all the twelve houses in the park, building three blocks of four houses each, specially fitted for fishermen on the top floor. There would also be two blocks of cottages at the corner consisting of living-room and scullery on the ground floor, and two bedrooms and a bathroom the second floor. These were not the bungalow type. The council approved of the scheme.


RUNAWAY HORSE AT ANSTRUTHER An alarming runaway took place at Anstruther yesterday, when horse belonging to John Bonthron & Son, fish salesmen, took fright and bolted. The lorry was at the goods station and the horse took fright when an engine whistled. It bolted along the Station Road to High Street, West Anstruther, where it collided with a horse lorry coming westwards, belonging to John Myles, contractor, Cellardyke. The runaway horse was slightly injured, but the lorry was considerably damaged.

Frauds on Fife Landladies. — John Young, alias David Wilson, a farm servant of no fixed abode, was fined £2. or fourteen days, by Don. Sheriff Honeyman at Cupar on Monday for obtaining way the board and lodgings without paying for them. The charges against him were that (1), between 27th January and 5th February, within the house at Wingfield, Crail occupied by Percy Walter Keeble, chauffeur, he obtained board and lodgings to the value of 20/- from Grace Mortimer or Keeble, without paying or intending to pay. (2), between 3rd and 12th February, within the house at 43 John Street, Cellardyke, occupied by Frances and Joannie Leslie, spinsters, obtained from them board and lodgings to the value of £1 10/- without paying or intending to pay. He pleaded guilty, and said he had a job but not much pay. If  he had a steady job the people would get their money because he intended to pay. The Depute Fiscal, Mr P. J. McPherson, said the accused had said he was in a steady job whereas it was only temporary. That was the reason the people undertook to provide board and lodgings. Hon. Sheriff Honeyman refused time in which  to pay the fine.

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Letter – We have been requested to publish the following in reference to what was stated by a Cellardyke fisherman at Mr Ellice’s meeting here on Thursday last :—We, the undersigned, do hereby certify that we were never called upon to pay any fee to the Board of Trade for taking deposition for loss of fishing boat ‘Rose-in-June,’ of St Monance, lost at Elie in December of year 1872, and that the statement made at a public meeting in Cellardyke, and which appeared in last week’s local papers, setting forth that a charge had been made, and paid for said deposition, was utterly false.— Alexander Davidson, owner of the boat. Mrs Andrew Davidson, widow of the deceased skipper. St Monance, 28th January 1874.’ We have also received the following letter referring to the same matter : ‘With reference to a statement made by George Moncrieff at the meeting which Mr Ellice had with the electors at Cellardyke on Thursday last, and which has been reported in the newspapers—to the effect, that immediately after the loss of the boat at Elie which belonged to the late Andrew Davidson, application was made to his widow on behalf of the Board of Trade for payment of L1 for reporting the occurrences I beg to say that the statement is entirely untrue. Neither Mrs Davidson nor anyone else was ever called upon by the Board of Trade to pay anything in connection with that calamity.—l am, &c., A. Keay, deputy receiver of wrecks.

Aberdeen – In the case between James Skinner, brick manufacturer and grocer, Cellardyke, Fife, Petitioner, against R. & W. Matthew, millers and carters, Sclattie, Auchmull, and Robert Matthew and William Matthew, the individual partners of said firm, Respondents, the Sheriff has reversed the finding of the Sheriff-Substitute


A woman died in Cellardyke last week at the good old age of 93 years.  Her husband, who is still able to walk about, is 86 years old, and they had been married for the long space of 63 years.

David Ossler, carter, Cellardyke, was charged with assaulting Robert Cordner, and with using offensive expressions at the same time and place. He pled guilty, and was fined 13s, the Provost remarking that there was a gang of young boys who went about and did mischief at night.—David Spittal, shoemaker, Anstruther, Robert Angus, boatbuilder, Cellardyke, and Thomas Small, cooper, Cellardyke, were charged with committing a breach of the peace in the Commercial Hotel, on the evening of the 16th instant. The complaint stated that on being served with some ale, the panels had refused to pay for it, broken a tumbler, and when at the bar of the hotel had used offensive epithets to Mr Mcintosh and his wife. They pled guilty. Spittal, against whom two previous convictions were recorded, was fined 21s, and Angus and Small 10s each. The Court was nearly filled while the cases were being disposed of.


SAVING LIFE AT SEA AND RELIEF TO SUFFERERS FROM SHIP WRECK. At the meetings of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, held at Hibernia-chambers, London-bridge, in the months of December and January……. The committee having heard through their honorary agents that the towns of Cellardyke and St. Monance, in Fifeshire, had lost at 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.

FOR SALE, A First-Class CARVEL-BUILT BOAT, 44 feet long, and fitted up on the most approved principle. For particulars, apply to J. A. MILLAR, Boatbuilder, Cellardyke.

NARROW ESCAPE AT SEA. —During the night of Friday last, an alarming accident happened at sea. While the Cellardyke fishing boat owned by Skipper Thomas Carstairs was lying near the May, the nets of the crew being in the sea, a boat under full sail was suddenly seen making straight in their direction. Cries were immediately raised to alarm the stranger, but it was not until the boats were almost in collision that the helm was put about, and even then a mast, the end of which was extended out from the boat, was struck down. One of Carstairs’ crew, named Keay, was struck by the mast as it fell, and received several severe bruises on the leg. The boat which was so recklessly steered belongs to Pittenweem, and it is stated that all the crew with the exception of one man on the look-out and another at the helm were in bed at the time of the occurrence, which, it is alleged was due to the man on the look-out having left his post for a few minutes to enter the bunk. It is but right to add that the skipper of the Pittenweem boat was so alarmed and annoyed when he knew what had, happened that he has disbanded his crew.


The Lifeboat –

On the motion of the chairman, a vote of thanks was awarded to the subscribers during the past year. Bailie White moved and Mr Oliphant seconded the re-election of the committee. It was reported that Skipper Robert Ritchie had been appointed as coxswain in room of Mr George Carstairs, and it was remitted to the crew of the late Skipper Andrew Henderson to nominate his successor. Skipper John Pratt wished to resign his office as coxswain, but at the request of the meeting he agreed to act for another year. On the motion of Mr Mackintosh, a vote of thanks was accorded to Mr William Parker for the time and attention he had devoted to collecting the subscriptions and to looking after the lifeboat and house. Mr Oliphant stated that with five exceptions, three of whom had promised to pay, the whole of the Cellardyke crews had contributed 3s per crew in aid of the funds. Skipper Robert Wallace agreed again to collect the subscriptions from the fishermen, and said last year he had difficulty in doing so. As it was only at the rate of 5 ¼ d a man, the want of it was never felt. Votes of thanks to the coxswains and the Chairman terminated the proceedings.


An Account Restricted. —  Alex. Lawrie, Cellardyke, objected to 8s for a boy’s moleskin vest and 25s for a suit of clothes. After being sworn, he deponed that he had only got one boy, for whom he got one suit of clothes in 1877. He did not get more than one. His son was between six and seven years of age, and never wore a moleskin vest in his life. The Sheriff then gave decree for the admitted balance of £6, but as defender had made no offer before coming to the court, he granted expenses to the pursuer.

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PROPOSAL TO CHANGE A SHIP’S NAME, We, GEORGE HODGE MELVILLE and THOMAS MELVILLE, Fishcurers, Cellardyke, WILLIAM WILSON, Fish Merchant. North Shields, and JOHN GARDNER Fisherman. Cellardyke. HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that, in consequence of CHANGE of OWNERSHIP, we have applied to the Board of Trade, under Section 47-of the Merchant Shipping Act , 1834 , in respect of our Ship ” RADIATION , ‘ of Kirkcaldy , Official Number 144791 of gross ; tonnage  95.97 tons , of register tonnage, 37.31 tons, heretofore owned by, H.M. Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty for permission to change her Name to “AGNES GARDNER , ‘ to be registered in the said new Name-at-the Port of  Kirkcaldy,  as owned by the said GEORGE HODGE MELVILLE, THOMAS MELVILLE, WILLIAM WILSON , and JOHN GARDNER . Any Objections to the proposed change of name be sent to the Registrar-General of Shipping and Seamen; Tower Hill, London E1.  within Seven Days from the appearance of this ‘Advertisement. ‘ Dated at Anstruther, this 15th. Day of January 1923

Agnes Gardner KY 185 ex HMD Radiation


The wooden drifter Suffolk County of Cellardyke, has been purchased by Mr John Duthie, Fraserburgh

Spearmint LT 1059 after being launched this vessel was later Suffolk County KY 6


OILSKIN FACTORY IN CELLARDYKE FOE SALE. There will be Re-exposed to Sale by Public Roup. within the Town Hall, Cellardyke, on Wednesday, 11th February, at 2 P.M . These Extensive PREMISES – in JAMES STREET, CELLARDYKE, long occupied by Alex. Black & Co. as a NET AND OILSKIN FACTORY. Including Drying Floors. Store Rooms, Sewing and Cutting Rooms, Sale Shop, Office, Bootmaker’s Shop, Boiler, Engine. Sewing Machines, &c. Immediate Occupation. REDUCED UPSET PRICE, £350. Feu-duty – nominal

CELLARDYKE FAMILY’S DISTINCTION, FATHER AND SON LIFE-SAVERS, A proud record has been established by a Cellardyke father and son, both of whom have won testimonials for lifesaving. The son, James Wallace, apprentice carpenter, Cellardyke, received the Humane Society’s testimonial at the Kilrenny Town Council’s monthly meeting on Wednesday night, in recognition of his bravery in rescuing a boy from drowning on June 11th, 1924. His father had gained a similar testimonial over twenty years ago for saving life at sea at Yarmouth in October. 1901.

Margaret Boyter, grocer, 69 George Street, Cellardyke, was fined 10s of expenses in Cupar Sheriff Court last. week, when she pleaded guilty through Mr Ian McInnes, Cupar, to having, within their shop in Cellardyke, exposed margarine for sale without a label indicating the purchaser that it was margarine. Mr McInnes, stated accused opened a small shop in June, and had no business experience at all. The mistake was entirely due to ignorance. The Fiscal stated that that was the explanation to the inspector when he called. The expenses were 10s. Hon. Sheriff Osborne said he would not inflict a penalty beyond the expenses.


FIFE HARBOUR VICTIMS STILL UNIDENTIFIED. The mystery of the dead body which was discovered by some Cellardyke fishermen floating outside Kirkcaldy Harbour on Monday remains unsolved. Kirkcaldy police found yesterday that the description of the deceased corresponded to that of an Aberdeen man who was missing. Aberdeen police, however, after interviewing the missing man’s relatives, decided that the body found was not that of the Aberdonian. Until last night also the body the man found in Burntisland tidal harbour had not been identified.


MR J. M. DOIG, RETIRED TRAWL OWNER. Mr James M. Doig, retired trawler owner and skipper, who died on Saturday at his residence 169 Bon-Accord Street, Aberdeen, was well known in the fish trade for many years. He was born at Cellardyke, Fifeshire, 76 years ago, and, with his brother and the late Mr Stephen Williamson, M.P., initiated steam trawling at that port. About 30 years ago he came to Aberdeen. Mr Doig who retired from the sea during the war, is survived by Mrs Doig and a daughter.


A Familiar Cellardyke Veteran, Our portrait is that of “auld Tammas Tamson,” as he is familiarly called, who resides at 12 John Street, Cellardyke, and now in his 92nd year. Tammas is “as fit as a fiddle, and is aye able to gang aboot.” He belongs to a fast dying type of Fifer once not so rare on the shores of the ancient kingdom by the sea before the days when the unique shire was linked up with modern progress. A man of shrewd sense, of native wit, and of sterling worth is Tammas, with a cheerful outlook down his many years, even in the present time with all its changes.

Tammas proudly boasts that he never had a doctor in his life except once, when he broke three ribs on board his boat. He is also in the happy position of having gained his “second sight,” a pleasing and accidental discovery. It appears that someone, under the impression that the old man’s sight was bound be failing, advised him to “get glesses.” he did so, and kept rubbing and wiping at the lenses to clear away the blur from his eyes. The dimness was so aggravating that he laid the spectacles aside because—to quote his words —” they werena as guid as my ain een.”

Tammas ran away to sea as stow-away at the age of 12, hiding himself on board the wind-jammer The Javis, which sailed from Anstruther. The ship was only few hours out to sea when storm arose, and, as Tammas tersely put it, “It shifted the cargo and me alang wi’ it.” He has little to say about what happened when he was discovered, but he was not deterred from ” a life on the ocean wave.” He does not enlarge on his long sea-faring career, but it is unlikely that was devoid of adventure, seeing the ships had to tussle with the stormy North Sea when sailing was really a matter of skill and danger. However that may be, Tammas is now well content to cast anchor in his native haven, having reached the “years that bring the philosophic mind.” He got married when he was still sailing, and naively tells that he left his ship and took to the fishing because his wife “didna see the use o’ being: married when he was never at hame.” This was in the leisurely days before the trawling industry swept the ocean beds of their finny inhabitants, and thereby ruined the simpler calling of the fisher craft. A talk with this genuine old salt is a pleasant thing, even though his words are few and unadorned by picturesque language. Ho looks every inch a sailorman, cheerful, alert, and keen. Long may he be spared to cast a weather eye over the gurly Firth of Forth fornent the old sea front of Cellardyke.


SIX EGGS IN SIX MONTHS. Absolvitor with expenses was granted Sheriff Dudley Stuart at Cupar Sheriff Court in an action by Peter Roy, Cellardyke, near Anstruther, against John B Simpson, Golf Hotel, Crail. Roy sued for £18 17s 6d, being the price of hens and hen-houses which he claimed Simpson had purchased when he bought the Golf Hotel, Crail, from pursuer in May, 1928. The pursuer averred that the hens and hen-houses were agreed upon mutual valuation, and that defender afterwards repudiated his verbal promise to purchase them along with the hotel and half of the articles therein. For the defender it was contended that he did not agree to take the hens and hen-houses.

Roy, giving evidence, said when Simpson refused to take the hens, (Roy) arranged to have them fed, and did for six months, during which time he got only six eggs from 24 hens and 6 ducks. Simpson was then proprietor of the hotel, and witness did not know where the eggs had gone. Sheriff—Perhaps the hens were upset this dispute about ownership, (Laughter.)

Roy—The cost of feeding them has not been paid for. I fed them, otherwise they would have starved. Asked who were present when the valuation was going on, another witness mentioned several names, and when pressed further said—Well, there was the dog, if you like to include it. Defender’s agent—It’s a pity it isn’t here to-day to speak.

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CELLARDYKE. Burgh CourtSnowballing – At a Burgh Court held here yesterday—Provost Martin and Bailies Sharp and Watson on the bench–George Moncrieff, Robert Moncrieff, William Muir, and Alexander Lawrie, all men, were accused of committing a breach of the peace by throwing snowballs on the public street near the shop of Messrs Sharp & Murray, on Wednesday afternoon, by reason of which James Simpson, fisherman. was assaulted or injured. The accused all pled not guilty. Being the first case of the kind in the burgh, the Magistrates did not think it worthwhile to examine the evidence, and the accused were dismissed after receiving severe admonitions from the Provost and Bailie Sharp. We may mention that a great many complaints have been lodged within the last day or two as to the practical of throwing snowballs on the public streets, as a great many windows have been broken, and one woman, we believe, was cut on her person to the effusion of blood. The complainer in the above case, after he had lodged his complaint, got three panes of glass in his windows wilfully broken. This was carrying the ‘diversion’ to a too great extent.


Through the liberality of Mr. Stephen Williamson, of Liverpool, eighty householders in Cellardyke and East and West Anstruther have been presented with a cartload of coals each.

CELLARDYKE AND ST MONANCE ART AID, There is at present on view in Mr Aitken Dott’s gallery in Castle Street a collection of pictures oil and water colour, contributed by artists for behoof of the widows and children of the fishermen of Cellardyke and St Monance who were drowned in the late storm. While the object in view of which this exhibition is held is a charitable one, the pictures being to be disposed of by subscription sale, the collection is worthy of a visit from the intrinsic worth of the pictures and sketches. There are altogether between sixty and seventy works of art, of which about fifty are watercolour drawings, and the rest pictures in oil. Sir Noel Paton sends a pen-and-ink drawing, entitled “The Bathers,” possessing all his exquisite beauty of line, and representing a girl endeavouring to induce her younger sister to enter the water. By Waller H. Paton, ” Near Dollar,” is one of his fascinating evening scenes, meadow and river, under autumn sky, with the last rays of the setting sun disappearing behind the hills, and reflected in the water in the foreground. W. Douglas sends small landscape, “Near Dunnottar.” By the late Thomas Duncan, A.R.A., there is a characteristic study of Shylock, and by Robert Herdman a Roman study—an Italian boy standing beside a pillar with grape branches above him, which possesses much facile grace of execution. Among the best of the contributions is a sea piece by Sam Bough; fishing boats in a gale, grey clouds glooming above storm tossed sea, good in colour, and painted with a dashing brush. Alexander Fraser has two coast scenes, “On the Berwickshire Coast,” with curiously shaped rocks in the foreground, and ” Tarring the Boat,” possessing the artist’s usual rich colour, and the breezy freshness of nature. John Smart in “Glenogle,” W. B. Brown in “Falls of Tummel,” and W. F. Vallance in “The Hero’s Targe,” send the sketches for their pictures in last year’s Royal Scottish Academy’s Exhibition. There is abundance of rich colour in ” Street Scene in Granada” by W. E. Lockhart, the deep blue sky, white walls, and gay dresses forming fine harmonies of tint. “Landing Place, lona, Midsummer Evening,” by Thomas Clark, shows that scene under calm summer sky, and “A Highland Stream,” by J. B. McDonald, has an effective mingling of woad and water. Otto Leyde sends an attractive study of a boy’s head in “Childhood;” and James Cassie a small moonlight scene in “Buchan Ness Lighthouse.” Of extra – academical contributors Samuel Edmonston sends four drawings in water-colours —” St Monance,” “Cellardyke,” “The East Neuk o’ Fife,” and “Gullane,” which, besides being interesting and appropriate to the occasion, are characterised by skifull handling, and bear evidence of having been painted on the spot. C Lodder sends a powerful rendering of The Bass—Herring Boats in a Breeze,”, and in black and white, ” Colintraive, Kyles of Bute”, by Pollok S. Nisbet. “At Venice” one of his attractive Italian sketches—a bridge with gondolas in the water beneath. John Nesbitt contributes a good study of waves dashing against rocky coast in ” Looking towards Pittenweem.” “A Winter Day,” by George Aikman, effective rendering of a snow covered moor, across which slowly trudge a girl and donkey. There is some careful work in R. Sanderson’s small picture of ” Bait Gatherer, St Monance,” and in J. H. Oswald’s ” View of Stromness.” Other drawings in water-colour are landscapes Robert Frier, James and G. S. Ferrier, W. G. Kemp, &c, and view of “Leith Harbour,” by Miss C. P. Ross. Of the pictures in oil, J. R. Reid sends effective bit of out-door work in ” A Sketch in Surrey;” W. B. Hole, in “Into the Pleasance:” view through a doorway into a garden with sunlight glinting on the green sward W. D. McKay, in “Showery Evening, Garleton Hill:” rustics coming along a hillside path ; and J. C. Noble in “At Queensferry :” a landscape, with an old woman resting at the foot of a tree. One of the best of the pictures in oil is “Sympathy,” by J. Denovan Adam: a little girl left alone and with her arm round collie’s neck, while a terrier licks her face—an attractive, homely touch from life.

Colinsburgh – The bazaar for the benefit of the St Monance and Cellardyke Shipwrecked Fishermen’s Fund was held here on Friday and Saturday last. The stall. holders were: Lady Lindsay of Balcarres, Lady Anstruther of Balcaskie, Lady Bethune of Kilconquhar, and Lady Hamilton, Pitcorthie House. The bazaar was attended by a considerable number of visitors on both days, including the whole of the aristocracy in the East of Fife. Considering the short notice given of the bazaar, there was a large and varied assortment of plain and fancy work of all kinds, conspicuous amongst which were a number of paintings and water colours by Sir Coutts and Lady Lindsay, General Anstruther, &c., which were rapidly disposed of at handsome figures. The amount realised was £346 6s 8 1/2d

CELLARDYKE FISHING BOAT MISSING. The public excitement consequent on the late disasters has scarcely subsided when considerable anxiety is again being felt for the safety of another Cellardyke boat and its crew. The boat in question is owned by Skipper Robert Davidson, and in which one of the crew was so severely injured while returning from Yarmouth. She left the harbour along with the other boats on Monday night, and was last seen making for sea about three o’clock on Tuesday morning, at which time there was a strong wind out at sea. All the boats with this exception returned on Wednesday morning, but up to a late hour last night nothing whatever was known of its: whereabouts. There were on board the boat mix men, all belonging to Cellardyke. It is earnestly to be hoped that good news will speedily be received of the boat and its crew.

Addendum – 14th Jan – The Cellardyke boat which was stated in our last issue to be missing entered the harbour on Friday about twelve o’clock, by which time she was believed to have been lost. It appears that the rope attached to the lines had broken while they were being put into the sea, and that the crew had anchored the boat and stopped the four days in order to recover the gear, which, with the exception of five or six lines, was ultimately accomplished Their conduct in remaining at sea for such long time, and thus causing great anxiety for their safety, was much commented on.


DEATH OF A WIDELY-KNOWN INHABITANT THE EAST OF FIFE. -James Lindsay, so long associated with the University Edinburgh as mechanical assistant to the Chair of Natural History, died at his house in Cellardyke on Tuesday evening week. He was abroad in his favourite haunts only a fortnight before, but his iron constitution at last yielded to a vital malady which had been creeping upon him for years; and those watching by his bedside saw the lamp growing dimmer day by day till the closing scene, which occurred about seven in the evening. James Lindsay, who was seventy-eight years age, was a native of Cellardyke. His father was in the service of the Brothers Leslie, who then farmed Mill lands on the barony of Kilrenny. Thus it was that one harvest day in 1813 James, as a young lad, was standing with a gun the field when the weapon suddenly exploded. His life was a miracle, but it was to him the loss of a finger. “Pair laddie, hoo is he to get through,” sobbed the anxious household. “Affliction is but a stepping-stone in the providence of God!” said the earnest if not over-gifted parish minister, Joseph Duncan, and the good man was right. The farmer’s great brother, the Professor, afterwards Sir John Leslie, wanted boy for his Edinburgh establishment, and James being presumably unfitted to earn his bread by any manual vocation, was drafted to the situation. There he remained from 1814 till 1819 page and butler and something more, for during those five years he and his illustrious master would work day sod night at these magnificent experiments in Natural Philosophy which secured for Sir John Leslie a world-wide renown. Quick, docile, and attentive, and withal an adept in mechanics, the young assistant was a right hand to the old philosopher, who, on exchanging in that year the Chair of Mathematics for that of Natural History, at once installed him into the service of the College. Principal Shairp of St Andrews tells in his valuable memoir of Principal Forbes, that James Lindsay made almost whole of Sir John Leslie’s original mathematical and philosophical apparatus with his own hands. He acquired in particular rare dexterity in glassblowing, but all this was perhaps secondary to the invaluable service he rendered Sir John as a kind of factotum in the true old Scottish meaning, for whenever the philosopher was in any dilemma, he would exclaim in his own abrupt way, “Get Lindsay, he’ll solve the difficulty,”‘ and to confess the truth this was occasionally no easy task. With all his imperial endowments Sir John was often an inordinate miser—and tradesmen would rise in open rebellion before their accounts were adjusted. After Sir John Leslie’s hurried death at the Coates, near his native village of Largo, James Lindsay found a new master in his youthful successor, the amiable and gifted James Forbes, whose confidence and regard are pleasingly commemorated in his Alpine letters. He was also presented by Professor Forbes with an elegant gold watch as a mark of esteem: and the friendship, for such it was, continued till the master was appointed to the Principalship of the United College of St Andrews, when the veteran assistant passed like heritage into the service of the present distinguished incumbent the Chair, Professor Tait. Here remained till 1872, when, after being in the service of Sir John Leslie as mechanical assistant in the Natural History Chair for fourteen years, Professor Forbes for twenty seven years, and Professor Tait for twelve years, in  all a period fifty-three years – the gathering infirmities of old age induced him to resign the situation to his son, being at the time of the venerable of seventy three. With regard to the efficiency with which he discharged his duties, no better testimony can be given than the letter of Principal Forbes, in which In particular he describes a favourite Alpine guide, “He really promises to turn out another James Lindsay—in short, an admirable assistant.” less remarkable for his affable and kindly address than for his matchless skill in the difficult experiments of the class, he was much the favourite of Professors and students that his resignation was signalised by a handsome testimonial, to which H.R.H. the Prince of Wales was one of the contributors. The testimonial was in a form of a beautiful horologe and purse of about 180 sovereigns. It was presented in very flattering terms by his distinguished master; and the occasion had also an interest all its own as a delightful reunion of friends and friendships of half century. During the summer of college recess his time had been his own, but was always pleasantly and often profitably passed in his gardens or at the fishing. He was an ardent meteorologist, and the philosopher, was he was familiarly called by his neighbours, could never be idle with his gauge and his register, and these, of course, were cherished with redoubled interest the days of his retirement, which were all the more enjoyable, his intellect and cheerfulness remained quite unclouded till the last. He was twice married his first wife. Marjory Marr, died the midsummer of 1837; but he is survived by a widow and numerous family of children and grandchildren. His tastes were other than those of the politician, but though mixing comparatively little with his neighbours, he had, as in a nobler field, the confidence and esteem of all that knew him, and that reverend face and agile step will long missed in old walks which he loved so well to frequent.


End of a Life.

Intelligence has been received by friends in Cellardyke the death of Mr David Doig,whose life story may well be compared to a chapter of romance. He was a native of Cellardyke, where childhood takes as lovingly and instinctively to the sea as the cygnet to the lake; but our hero preferred to cast in his lot with the tradesmen of Anstruther, where he wrought as an apprentice wright or cabinetmaker. With laudable enterprise he sought improvement in Edinburgh, and for a time seemed as if his fortunes were launched on a summer sea, till one day he suddenly, and without a single word of warning to any one, disappeared from his lodgings and his workshop. Search was made in every conceivable way and direction, but not a single clue could be found to solve the mystery, other than that a friend had seen him near the harbour of Leith, in which after while none could doubt but that unlucky stumble the darkness had consigned him to a watery grave. So the world talked and believed all with a single exception, and this was his brave hearted mother, who clung to hope as one having an inner revelation that someday her beloved son would return, and that, like the patriarch of old, she would be spared to fall upon his neck and weep the fathomless depths of a mother’s love. Had it been the whisper of an angel, or only the fond longings of the heart, we leave with our readers to say, but at the end of four weary years the long-expected message that her son was alive and well was put into her trembling hands, and not long after she had the inexpressible delight of seeing him again at the old fireside. The secret was soon told. The high-spirited young man had in the dullness of trade scorned to be a burthen on his friends, and rather than do so had enlisted in the Royal Engineers but remembering the Fifeshire prejudice against the life of a soldier he had never communicated much, often he had thought of his darling home. He returned once more his to gallant service, notwithstanding the pressing wishes of his relatives to buy his discharge, and being remarkable for his honour and honesty, well for his kindly heart, he was a general favourite, whether in garrison or camp, till now he has heard the bugle call which has summoned him once for all to rest, though in the summer of his days, he being only about thirty-seven years of age, and in the sixteenth year of his military service.


Reduction of Coopers Wages.

As a consequence of the comparative failure of the fishery in the Forth and the coasts elsewhere associated with local enterprise, notice has been given by Mr Cormack to the operatives in his cooperage that the wages will be reduced from 20s to 18s a week. Mr Cormack employs about one-fourth of the total number of coopers at work in Anstruther and Cellardyke, these being chiefly employed in the meantime in connection with the white fishery. Such, however, is the sinister influence of the times that the journeymen coopers have been reduced to a skeleton corps, as may say, some five and twenty in all, while in happier years the herring cooperages alone have been ringing with three or four times that number.

The new carvel-built boat launched by Mr Fulton (Pittenweem) from his building yard a week or two ago has been purchased by Skipper A. Keay, Cellardyke.

Cellardyke Post office – We understand that Mrs James Bruce has been appointed to succeed Mr Brown in charge of the Post and Telegraph Office in Cellardyke. Considerable difficulty, we believe, has been felt in filling up the appointment, hence the delay which has taken place; but from the strong recommendations in her favour, Mrs Bruce will enter on the duties with the best expectations of the public

Workers Fete –   The employees in the fish curing establishment of Messrs Sharp and Murrayhad their annual festival in honour of the opening year in the end of last week. According to the good old rule the workers of either sex had to bring a partner to the tryst. And some thirty damsels are employed in connection with the export of herrings to Australia – the result was that some forty couples or more sat down to a steaming supper to which was added the dainties of the season. Some appropriate toasts followed, including health and prosperity to the members of the firm, which was given with a ringing three times three “when the decks were cleared for action.”  In one of the sections of the spacious store, than which by the way, a more suitable ballroom could not have been improved on this side of the Forth – there with a couple of fiddlers, by the way of orchestra, the dance was led off as if Maggie Lauder herself once more “bobbed “ in the East Green, and so reel and waltz went on with unabated glee till six o’ clock next morning sent the revellers to their respective homes after one of the most cordial and happy gatherings that ever gladdened and knit young hearts on the shores of Fife.

The Cellardyke Echo – 29/12/2022 – Issue 371


An Unexpected Dinner. The other morning, as skipper Robert Scott, Cellardyke, was examining the moorings of his boat, he found a fine hare, which had been drowned in the harbour during the previous tide. The number of hares seen about the sea-side of late has given occasion for much remark by the curious

CELLARDYKE – SEASONABLE TREAT -Last week we mentioned that Captain Rodger of Glasgow had sent to Provost Martin the sum of £20, to be expended in providing a Christmas dinner to such poor persons of his old acquaintance as were in decayed circumstances, and the poor generally, of his native place. A public meeting was called last Saturday afternoon by the Provost to apportion the gift and to express their feelings towards Captain Rodger for another repeated evidence of his kind remembrance of his old friends and the prosperity of the town generally. The town hall was quite crowded. The Provost having taken the chair, stated the object for which he had called them together, and then read Captain Rodger’s letter conveying the gift through him to his native town. He said this was another instance of Captain Rodger’s considerate remembrance of his native place and his old acquaintances which they must highly appreciate. It was his (Captain Rodger’s) wish that, in common with the rest of Christendom, they should partake of some good Christmas cheer, and he had now sent a handsome donation to enable them to do to. They would all feel grateful to him, not only for this present kindness, but for the many gifts and privileges which he had conferred on the town in times past. The Provost then made feeling allusion to the loss which Captain Rodger had lately sustained by the death of his partner in life, who was well known to them all and was one of themselves. He moved that a cordial vote of thanks should be forwarded to Captain Rodger, with an expression of sympathy with him in his bereavement. Mr Thomas Brown said he would cordially second the Provost’s motion, and in a few well put remarks said it would he well for their town if all who had the means followed the excellent example set by Captain Rodger, who had all along taken a deep interest in their welfare, and who deserved their highest gratitude. He would also deeply sympathise with him in his bereavement, and thought it would be proper to express that sympathy to him in their address. The motion was cordially adopted, and the Provost was instructed to forward the address to Captain Rodger. The meeting then proceeded to apportion the gift. The large number of 160 persons received a quarter of a pound of tea,2lb of sugar, a 4lb loaf and a sixpenny pie; and 40 more received a pie only. The Ballie Sharp, and Mr David Murray. handed out the articles, while Mr Brown read out the names from the poor roll. A larger proportion of the recipients attended to receive the gift personally than was the case last year, and it is needless to say that all evinced the best expressions of gratitude to Captain Rodger for his considerable kindness.


Precognitions. We understand that Mr Black, of the firm of Messrs Black & Morrison, Joint Procurators-Fiscal for the county, was in the Commercial Inn here on Thursday morning examining witnesses in the case of assault with a lethal instrument Cellardyke, when five persons were precognosced; and also a case of assault 0n a boy in the same place, When four witnesses were examined.

An Interesting Gift. —At the weekly meeting, on Wednesday evening, of the Good Templar Lodge of Anstruther, beautiful banner, subscribed for by the young men in the extensive establishment of Mr Gilchrist, manufacturer, Cellardyke, was presented to the Lodge, in name of the donors, by Mr Beveridge, druggist, who discharged his interesting task with grace and felicity eminently worthy of the occasion.  The banner was enriched with great artistic taste by Stephens, so widely known for his popular entertainment of ” Shuffle Katie.” Within a deep blue border on a white ground is displayed a mounted crusader, clad from top to toe steel armour, surrounded by the wreathed emblems of valour and truth, while on either hand are inscribed, with the same skilful hand, the various mottoes of the Union Lodge of Anstruther.

COALS TO THE POOR. —On Friday last, Mr Thomas Brown distributed 43 tons of coals, provided by the Kirk Session and the Parochial Board, among the poor of the parish. The farmers, as usual, kindly drove the coals to the Houses of the recipients free of charge.


WRECKAGE WASHED ASHORE. Notwithstanding the large number of shipping disasters already reported, there is too much reason to fear that many vessels have been lost in the gales of last week of which nothing has been heard. The shore from Crail as far west as Elie has been strewed with quantities of wreckage this week. A considerable quantity of wreckage was found yesterday to the eastward of Cellardyke, consisting of cabin fittings finely painted, with brass locks attached, also a box containing some photographs, and nameboard marked Bertra of London, and various other articles.


The corner property in East Forth Street, Cellardyke, belonging to George Henderson flesher, was exposed for sale by public roup on Saturday last The upset price was named by Fiscal Watson who broke long silence with the remark “I’ll gie ye £380 for a start,” when a spirited contest ensued, which resulted in the property being knocked down to Mr McIntosh, for a client, for £425. This sales gives interesting illustration of the remarkable progress of Cellardyke. The small space on which it is built, but which afforded space for three commodious dwellinghouses on the south, and for many on the west, was sold some twenty years ago for about £60.

East Neuk of Fife Fishing. The fishing has been diligently prosecuted by the crews belonging to the East Neuk, but with slight success. The St Monance and Cellardyke crews have had light rewards for their labours. Not fewer than fifty-seven boats are engaged at the deep-sea fishing at present. The herring harvest has been commenced by several crews along the coast, but as yet the hauls have been remarkably light, the catches being generally counted by hundreds.


A Mock Policeman. On Monday, before Sheriff-Substitute Bell, John Scott, carter, and Alexander Pattie, Cellardyke, were charged with assaulting William McDowl, labourer, on the road leading from Anstruther to St Andrews, on the 31st  October. They both pled not guilty, and evidence was led. The assaulted party, it seems, left Anstruther late on the night of the day in question a little the worse of liquor, and was followed by a number of young men, two of them being the prisoners, with the object, apparently, of getting some fun with him. When about mile on the road, Scott informed McDowl that he was policeman, and proceeded to handcuff him with a boot lace, and afterwards offered to let him off if he paid a shilling. This excited McDowl, and he commenced kicking, which led to the assault. The charge was found proven, and Scott was fined 30sor twenty-one days, and Pattie £1 or fifteen days.

On Tuesday night, the Cellardyke fishing boat belonging to Skipper Martin Gardiner struck upon the stones and debris lying at the mouth of the new harbour. The tide was too far out to admit of getting into the old harbour, and in trying to get into the new one, the boat was kept too far east, with the result above stated. The boat was not injured at first, but when the tide flowed there was a nasty swell, which caused it to bump heavily on the stones. She was afterwards got into the old harbour, and next morning it was found that the keel and the lowest plank, or, as it is named, the ‘gaver-stroke’, had been seriously damaged.