The Cellardyke Echo – 7/12/2016


Much interest was felt in some circles here by the visit, a few days ago, of Captain Peter Hart, the master of a Dutch Schooner, who is well known in many of the East Coast ports for his gifts and piety..It appears while on a homeward journey his vessel was damaged and put in for repairs, giving the good skipper an opportunity of being in Cellardyke. There is enough of interest about a preacher being a sea faring man and a foreigner to secure general attention, but in any position or under any circumstances Peter Hart will be found no common man. He is a burly dark complexioned individual, with a broad Dutch face, which lights up with a singular earnest and benignant expression when he speaks of his favourite theme of religion. He has a good command of English, acquired in the course of his voyages, but this is never so apparent as when he quotes our version of the scriptures, which he does with remarkable ease and appropriateness.  His massive well defined forehead wold give a phrenologist a high opinion of his capacity; and no one can listen to his discoursing, so rich with graphic illustration, and piquant with quaint sayings, without being struck with his intellectual strength and fruitfulness, and however rude that discoursing may at times sound to ‘ears polite’ there will be few sleepers when the Dutchman addresses the congregation. ‘Oh friends let me warn you all, de debil don’t go clattering about with clogs, him slip on stocking soles, not like him ugly black self, but with a bible in him’s oxter’   Captain hart seems to have formed some cherished friendships in Cellardyke, where he has always a cordial welcome, and readily secures a numerous hearing on the occasion of a meeting. We are told that on ship board he is always ready to engage in devotional exercises with those around him, and that meetings are often largely attended both by British and foreign sailors, many of whom gratefully acknowledge the good and salutary influence of the pious Dutchman.

At a meeting of the Parochial board of Kilrenny on Wednesday last, it was agreed to distribute half a ton of coals to each of the registered poor of the Parish, about the end of the year.

The Fishing our boats all except four have returned from the Yarmouth Fishing, twenty five in number, and although the successes on the whole have been varied, our fishermen have made a very good thing of it. A good many have grossed £350 or upwards, and perhaps £250 may be taken as an average. It is likely that the result will induce a good many to try their luck in that quarter next season.

Death of Captain David Watson in Australia – Intelligence was received last week of the death under peculiar circumstances of Captain Watson, a native of Cellardyke. From the particulars it appears that Captain Watson had bought a ship and taken it out to Freemantle or Perth Australia, where he sold the vessel. He intended to return home by the regular mail steamer, but before reaching the port of departure it was necessary to cross a tract of unpopulated land about 250 miles in extent. Previous to starting on the journey, Captain Watson remitted the money received for his ship to his friends in London, keeping about £100 for his expenses returning home. The only means of conveyance across the tract of land above referred to was a small mail gig. In which, along with two other persons the Captain took his place. When they had gone about 70 miles on their journey the gig broke down in a bog or swamp, and while his companions were getting the vehicle repaired Captain Watson said he would walk on, and they could overtake him. On again resuming their way they could not discover their fellow passenger, but as police stations are situated every ten miles or so along the road, it was thought that he had succeeded in reaching the next one. This was found, however to be erroneous, as on their arrival at the station nothing had been seen of him. The mail gig having to continue the journey in order to catch the steamer, the alarm was given to search the road in the hope that the missing gentleman had wandered from the track and lost his way. This was done but it was 14 days afterwards before the body of Captain Watson was found lying not far from where th gig had broken down. When th last intelligence left Australia, the investigation into the circumstances of the case was still going on. Another Correspondent writes :-  Captain Watson was over 50 years of age. He was one of those energetic self reliant spirits from this place, who from the humble vocation of the fisherman have acquired position and fortune by their own good conduct and force of character. He was for many years one of the best known Captains in the East India and China Trade. The unfortunate gentleman, who was twice married, leaves a widow and daughter to mourn his untimely fate – their affliction being all the more that his homecoming was daily expected.


On Wednesday the largest take of Haddocks landed by any of our Cellardyke boats this season was brought by Skipper Charles Carstairs. It amounted to over 31 hundred weight. But this may be said to have been the one prize of the lottery, as the success of the other hardy crews who buffeted the billow and breeze only ranged from 2 ½ – 11 ½ cwt. Singular, however as Skipper Carstairs fortune was, it was exceeded by Skipper Archibald Peebles of pittenweem, who landed 34cwt at Anstruther on Saturday. Haddocks have been selling very cheap on the Fife Coast this week, considering how the late storms must have affected the fish supplies of the large cities, as they only realised from 10s to 10s 6d on Tuesday ; but the fine take the next day brought 13s 6d per cwt. The fleet of boats fishing haddocks belonging to Cellardyke are at present 40.


Yesterday while the crew of a Cellardyke fishing boat were preparing to cast their nets about 30 miles from land, one of them, named John Wood, was engaged in passing the end of the sail with a hook, when the boat gave a lurch and he was precipitated into the sea. Every exertion was made to save him, but, being unable to swim, Wood Sank in minutes. Wood was married only a fortnight ago.  (The Boat was his Father’s the Anne of Cellardyke)


Three fatal cases of Scarlatina have been reported in Cellardyke during the last nine days. One of these was a fine girl of three summers, the child of Mr James Dick, fisherman, Cellardyke, who died on Friday; another was a son of Robert Thomson’s, whose sufferings closed on the following day in his sixth year; and the third victim was a promising boy about thirteen years of age, who was reft from the household of Mr John Dickson.

On Thursday Morning Mr Robert Cunningham, the oldest fisherman in Cellardyke, breathed his last at the ripe old age of eighty nine.

1875 – The start of December the papers were full of the disaster which struck the East Neuk Fleet heading home from Yarmouth and Lowestoft. The three St Monans boats lost, Beautiful Star, Thane and Quest are still remembered in a memorial stone carved like a Fifie in Kings Lynn Cemetery.. But also lost were two Cellardyke boats.

‘Janet Anderson’ KY 1176, and ‘Vigilant’ KY 1214 (which had only been launched that summer)

Crew of the Janet Anderson

James Murray, Skipper aged 26 who was to have been married on his return home,

Andrew Stewart 34, 4 children one being born a week before the disaster.

William Bridges,  22 married 1 child

James Walker of Kingsbarns married 4 children

Alex Lothian 54, Married 4 children

And two unmarried cousins from Portaskerrie in the North of Scotland

Crew of the Vigilant

Robert Stewart Skipper, 42, 4 children

William Stewart, 45,  1 child and pregnant wife

James McRuvie 45 4 children including his son James aged 16 who was also lost with this boat

Alex Doig, 32, 6 children

Leslie Brown 19 un married

Also lost in the storm

Alexander McRuvie, 17, Lost over board from the Excelsior

Also John Watson was washed overboard

And others hrt badly ion other boats.

Cellardyke lost 15 men, St Monans lost 21 and 71 children in the two towns made fatherless

The Cellardyke Echo – 30/11/2016


The sloop Industrious Mary, which lately struck the Carr Rock, and went to the bottom, has, by great exertions, been weighed by a few boats belonging to Cellardyke, and taken to Crail harbour, where she now lies to be repaired. The cargo was all lost. A subscription has begun on behoof of the owner.


This winter throughout has been very unprofitable to the industrious fishermen of the east of Fife, there being no fish inside the island of May. In former years a fair livelihood could be made there being cod, haddock throughout the whole of the Firth of Forth. At present the boats must be 12 or 15 miles east of the May Island, in the German Ocean, before fishermen can get anything like a fair remuneration for their labour. The boats of St Monance are of a smaller size than either the Cellardyke or Pittenweem ones, making the sailing dangerous in these strong westerly gales so prevalent at this season of the year. On Thursday week, the boats got to a place where the finny tribe resort and had a fair take.


George Watson, carter of Cellardyke pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing some sacks from a farm in the neighbourhood of Crail and was sentenced to be imprisoned for 20 days.


One of the Cellardyke fishing boats which put into St Andrews harbour on Thursday evening on account of a strong gale from the South, having been moored alongside a schooner which was lying in the harbour, and the fishermen had the occasion to board the Schooner in order to reach the shore, one of them in the act of crossing in the dark, the hatchway not being covered, fell through its hold and dislocated one of his thigh joints. Immediate assistance was rendered to the poor sufferer, and medical aid was procured with the least possible delay, and we understand he is progressing favourably.


One of the large Cellardyke boats was this week purchased and dispatched for England, for the purpose of being used as a model for others which are to be constructed of iron for the fishermen of that coast.

On Saturday, an accident of a very serious nature occurred at Mr T Cormack’s saw mills Cellardyke, to one of the sawyers named David Wallace. It seems that while feeding one of the large circular saws, it struck on a knot in the wood and instantly threw the log over and squeezed Wallace’s left hand upon the face of the saw, which in a moment cut off the thumb and forefinger, and otherwise tore the hand. The poor fellow was immediately conveyed to Drs Black and McArthur, who required to make some operation before dressing it.

In another paper on the front page adverts……

Wanted immediately, a steady, trusty and experienced man for a saw mill, Apply to T Cormack, Cellardyke.


Concert – On Saturday evening last week a concert of vocal and instrumental music was given in the infant schoolroom here, by and for behoof of, the brass band of Anstruther Rifle Corps……. The schoolroom being so crowded that many failed to obtain admission. In addition to several members of the band – which performed in the course of the evening a number of popular tunes in excellent style – Messrs T McGrael, Dundee, J Duff Cellardyke and Mr W Brown , Pittenweem, also appeared as vocalists, and the very demonstrative applause and frequent encores they received, testified how much their talents were appreciated by the audience. Not the least attractive feature of the entertainment was a ventriloquial colloquy given by Mr Thomson, with that spirit and humour which has rendered his name famous over the county. We understand that nearly £6 was realised on the occasion.

The reckless manner in which several parties, having charge of carts, are in the habit of driving through the streets of this place has become a subject of general complaint, from the danger to which the inhabitants are inconsequence exposed. As the practice is most frequently indulged in on the return of the boats from the sea, when the streets are thronged by the bustle and excitement characteristic of such occasions, the danger to lives and limbs of the lieges – especially children and aged persons – is of a most imminent nature. This will generally be understood when it is stated that the main street is so narrow as to scarcely admit in some places of two carts passing each other, without encroaching on the footpaths, which by the way, are rendered, at these times altogether unavailable for passage, as, in addition to the ordinary obstructions of raised sunk doorsteps, they are covered, nearly from one end of the town to the other with sculls and fishing gear. The frequency with which accidents have happened is a proof how urgently the matter demands the attention of the authorities, who, it is to be hoped, will ere long adopt such stringent measures as will effectually prevent its occurrence in future.


A meeting of the Cellardyke fishermen was held on Tuesday evening for the purpose of considering the necessity of having a storm signal erected on the shore for the use of fishermen and others… after considering the matter, it was agreed to memorialise the Lords of the Admiralty to sanction its erection, and to forward for its use at this port the official telegrams forecasting the weather. The proposal was regarded by some present as a sort of innovation on their old and somewhat stale method of reading weather prognostications, but there can be no doubt that a storm signal in operation here would sometimes prove immense advantage to the fishermen. The proposed site for its erection was on the end of East Anstruther East pier.

Wanted. Two or three good workers on net machines, apply to Sharp and Murray, Cellardyke

1865, one year on

Sharp and Murray are advertising again for 2 good net workers

The Cellardyke Echo – 23/11/2016


There has been no poll in the Anstruther Harbour Commission election, there being three candidates for three vacancies, and Mr CS Ingram and Mr Di Mitchell have been reappointed. The New member is Mr Martin Gardner who takes the place of the late Philip Gardner, Cellardyke.


A concert under the auspices of Cupar Holiday Development Association was held last night in the Duncan Institute, Cupar, when Provost Struth presided.

 Solos were rendered by Mrs Hosie, Cellardyke, Mr Fred J Rogers, Cupar and Mr James Macleod, Cellardyke.

Mrs Hosie and Mr Macleod gave duets, while Misses Evelyn and Elma and Mr David McArthur, Kirkcaldy contributed dances. While conjuring tricks by Mr G B Bryce, Cupar, mystified the audience.


Anstruther bankers held their annual dance at the town hall last night.

About 90 couples took the floor to music by Jack Campbell’s band , Kirkcaldy

The hall was beautifully decorated…….

Following were the Cellardyke acceptances……. Mr Band, , Miss Brown, Miss Brunton ,,, Misses Carstairs,  Mr Comb. ,,  Miss Gardner, Mr Henderson, Mr, Mrs and Miss Hodge, Miss Murray, Miss Muir, Misses Scott,  Miss B Smith, Mr Spence and party, Miss Stevenson, Miss Tawse and  Miss Black, Kilrenny,

The ill-fated St Monance motor fishing boat Sunshine, which lost two of her crew off the English Coast on Thursday arrived home last night,

Following the tragedy, which involved the loss of William Inness and James Tarvet, the Sunshine harboured at Hartlepool after encountering a storm.

Calm weather at the weekend enabled the vessel to finish her voyage with five of a crew, Skipper James Innes having returned home by train. The crew were Robert Allan, Robert Horsburgh (Cellardyke) Alex Bowman, (Pittenweem) Tom Summers and George Ritchie (Cellardyke).

 The vessel on its arrival at St Monance bore evidence of its encounter with the storm.

During the weekend a number of other boats returned from Yarmouth and Lowestoft.


Cellardyke Church Choir held a variety entertainment in Cellardyke Town hall last night.

Items rendered by the choir included ‘Laughing Chorus’ and ‘Fantasia on songs of Burns’

Solos were given by Mr Frederick Chivers, while violin solos were played by Mr Walter Reekie Jnr. Mr J McLeod and Mrs Hosie, Miss J Doig and Miss M Murray also contributed to the programme.

A dancing display was given by Miss Georgie Telfer, Pittenweem.

The accompanist was Mr Blair.

Two sketches were performed by the following ‘Honest Folk’ Misses Maggie Hodge, Kathleen Scott, Dora Murray, Martha Boyter and Mr Melville Hodge. ‘Easy-osey’ Mr D jack, Mrs Hosie, Mr W Riddell, Misses Margaret Murray, Agnes Carstairs and Chrissie Anderson.


Mr and Mrs R Wilson, who have been Licensees of the ‘Auld Hoose’ Windygates for the past 15 years, are leaving to take over the Boat Tavern, Cellardyke, were the guests of honour at a smoker, over which Mr T Shields presided. After an address by Mr Shields, Mr Ben Holmes handed over a dining room clock to Mr and Mrs R Wilson.

For sale with immediate occupation. Licensed Grocers Business at 23 George Street, Cellardyke, carried on for many years by James Bett, the stock is fresh and can be acquired at valuation, ingoing capital required, approximately £300. Apply to Maxwell and Dow Solicitors Anstruther.

Pittenweem Baptist Church gospel meeting was presided over by Mr John Bruce, Cellardyke, Representatives from Anstruther Baptist Church CE gave addresses, and soloists were Miss D Mathers and Miss J Doig, Cellardyke, with Miss Ina May Hughes accompanist.

Dundee Evening Telegraph Children’s Corner

The following lucky girls and boys in my Jumbled words Competition………… Snow White zip Purse, Agnes Anderson, 14 Shore Street Cellardyke.

The Cellardyke Echo – 16/11/2016


A letter from Mr Anstruther MP was read yesterday at Kilrenny Town Council congratulating them on the success of their appeal to the Fishery Board for a grant of £1000 for the repair of Cellardyke Harbour.

Pittenweem –  On Friday evening the whole of the workmen in the employment of Mr John Clark, builder, Cellardyke, the contractor for the building of the new villa at the west end of the burgh, were , on her invitation, entertained within  the town hall to an excellent supper purveyed by Mr Kember, Commercial Hotel. The company which was numbered 35, was presided by Mr Clark, who after the supper proposed the health of Mrs Bowman and also of the Misses Bowman, and wished them health and enjoyment of the new villa when completed. The toast was responded to with great heartiness, and a pleasant evening was spent.

An attempt on the initiative of the Rev Mr Ray, has been made to resuscitate the Boys Brigade in Cellardyke, and the encouragement has been such as to encourage the movement. On Tuesday about 110 were enrolled. The office bearer are as follows :- Hon captain and Chaplain – Rev Mr Ray, Capt – George Black, Lieutenants – Messrs Brown, Chalmers, Rosie and Watson. A bible class in connection with the above has been started on Sunday mornings with an attendance of 80. The meetings are held weekly in Cellardyke town hall.


 The large and commodious oilskin premises of Messrs Martin & Co, Cellardyke were discovered to be on fire this morning shortly after ten o clock. On the alarm being given the local fire brigade were quickly on the spot, but by this time the fire had secured a firm hold on the buildings.

The fire being fanned by a high east wind, the inside furnishings being composed of varnished wood added to the fierceness of the flames. The greatest excitement prevailed amongst the tenants of the adjoining houses, who were asked to vacate their dwellings when it was seen the flames had ignited the frameworks of the windows overlooking the factory.

It is surmised that the fire originated by the boiling over of the linseed oil boilers. The damage is roughly estimated at from £8000 to £10000, we understand which is partially covered by insurance. The premises have only been occupied a few months, and the conflagration will throw a large number of employees out of work.

(another report)

The oilskin factory belonging to Messrs John Martin was burned to the ground…. At one time it was feared the Free Church hall and adjoining properties would also be burned……. The St Andrews Fire Brigade was wired for but fortunately there services were not required!..

(Yet another report)

The factory and large stock were completely destroyed, the office front shop and engine room were however saved…… the building (a wood one with a slate roof)  was a new one and had only been occupied about 6 months.


Buckhaven – Bailie Kinnear retires –  a round robin signed by all the fishcurers in St Monans ,Pittenweem, Anstruther and Cellardyke was presented as a token of regard in which he was held by those engaged in the fishing industry in these communities.


Children’s Court at Cupar.

James Tarvit, son of Thomas Tarvit fisherman 19 Forth Street, Cellardyke admitted, on 30th Oct, on board the fishing boat, Elizabeth Keays, then lying in Anstruther Union harbour, stolen six fathoms of manila rope and 16ft of small sheet rope.

The fiscal said the value of the rope stolen was 12s 6d, and the accused had sold it for sixpence. The Burgh Prosecutor considered there was something wrong in the facility with which the boy was able to sell the rope, and the matter was being investigated with a view to seeing whether a charge of reset could not be brought against the purchaser.

The mother of the accused said he was a very obedient boy, and she was astonished when she heard of the charge. The boys were accustomed to gather old ropes in the mud, and it appeared that they had boarded that boat, cut the rope and sold it to the ‘pig man’. His lordship dismissed the boy with an admonition.


Guardbridge – Mrs Stewart (wife of the retiring Chirnside Paper mills manager) was presented at a meeting of the UF church Work Party with a very handsome drawing room cake stand as a token of their appreciation of her valuable services there. Mrs Stewart is very well connected, being a sister of the highly esteemed Provost Black, Cellardyke.


Although an inquest was held at the Mariner’s refuge, Gorleston upon the body of John Watson, aged 27, fireman of the Kirkcaldy steam drifter Guerdon, which was recovered from Yarmouth harbour after he had been missing for three weeks, no real light had been shed upon his fate.

He had lived with his mother, a widow, at Cellardyke, and according to the skipper of the Guerdon, Adam Reid, he left the vessel on the night of October 18th to go on shore and never returned to her.

Adam Reid, son of the skipper, said he met deceased in King Street Yarmouth at 10.10 pm more than an hour after he had left the Guerdon, and he was not the worse for drink, but the night was dark and thick with rain, and as the Guerdon was the fourth boat off the quay, Watson might make a slip in getting on board. No cry was heard during the night, and deceased never came on board again. On his body being searched by a policeman, he stated he found nothing in his pockets.

The coroner said there was no evidence to show how or where deceased got into the river, but it was probable he stumbled and fell when getting to his boat from the quay. An open verdict of ‘found drowned’ was recorded.



At 2 Carmelite street , Aberdeen on 16th Nov,  James Sutherland, trawl fisherman late of Cellardyke, aged 43 years, deeply regretted, funeral on Wednesday 19th at 2.30 pm to St Peter’s cemetery, All friends please accept this (the only) intimation and invitation


After several unsuccessful attempts the Steamer Streatham of London, which was driven ashore opposite Kilrenny Mill, near Cellardyke during a severe gale six weeks ago has successfully been refloated. Part of the cargo had been removed, and advantage was taken of a high tide to tow the steamer into the East harbour, Anstruther. This was successfully accomplished by the tugs Empress of India and Flying Bat, leith.

Considerable damage has been done to the iron plates below the sea mark, and it is expected the vessel will be taken to Leith or Dublin for repairs. The Streatham was built only two years ago and has a gross tonnage of about 1700 tons.

1917 War office contracts – clothing, Oilskin &c – J Martin and Co, Cellardyke.


The girl oilskin workers in Cellardyke have been having a series of meetings in connection with Union federation, as a result of this those of them in the employment of Messrs R Watson & Co have come out on strike.

Private James Woodward, son of Mr and Mrs Woodward, James Street Cellardyke has been awarded the Military medal for gallantry on the field on 24th July last. He has been twice wounded.

The Cellardyke Echo – 9/11/2016


Dispute in regard to Oilskins

In the debt recovery Court, Banffshire, William Duncan, manufacturer, Cellardyke, raised an action against George Flett merchant, Findochty, for the sum of £38 11s 7d, with interest since 6th July 1882, being the balance of goods supplied in October 1881… the items in 1881 amounting to £4 2s 2d were paid for, and other goods were stated by the defender to have been of inferior quality and part of them returned………. The pursuer admitted that intimation of the goods having been sent him had been received but he refused to take delivery….. the Sherriff finds; That items amounting to £4 2s 2d  have been paid, but the goods forming the remaining items were ordered and obtained by the defender; the defender broke bulk, sold part of them and sent back the remainder which the pursuer refused to receive. Finds that the defender is liable for the Sum of £34 9s 5d, with interest and costs of £6 12s..


The Fisheries Exhibition

The United States Executive Committee have, we believe purchased a considerable portion of the exhibits of Messrs Sharp and Murray, Fish Curers and fishing material manufacturers, Anstruther and Cellardyke and Aberdeen for the purpose of being shown in the museum at Washington.


Herrings 1 ½ d a Hundred – from Yarmouth – we hear that one of the Cellardyke crews sold their herrings at the manure price of three ‘bawbees’ the hundred.


An understanding having been come to with the railway company to remove the remains of the unfortunate skipper, John Black, to Buckie with the train at half the usual expense. About four guineas, the seafaring men of Cellardyke united in paying the last tribute of respect…  70 men assembled on the West Pier (430 are away in Yarmouth) and when the coffin of varnished oak was landed from the ship Jubilee, it was touching to see so many sad and subdued faces falling in four and four into procession, which, with slow and solemn step, walked by the cross and the Waid Academy to the railway platform, where the melancholy burden was rested till the arrival of the first down train (9.20) for St Andrews and the North, every corner we ought to say, being crowded with sympathising neighbours, as you could hear the stifled sob, many being all the way from Pittenweem as well as Cellardyke. One of the skippers with the cousin of the ill-fated mariner, left by the same train for Buckie..


‘A telegram fae the sooth; oor folks tae sail wi the tide’ cried the skipper’s wife on the stair and there is little sleep tonight, need we tell it in the fisher’s home. And how else can it be with the thousand perils seen and unseen on the way…. The catch last week in both Outlets of the Yar is the biggest for the season. The Fife boats landed six to thirteen lasts, but the price fell at Lowestoft to 25s a last, or less than a couple of shillings a cran. Nevertheless they were able to count 330 to £80 for the week.  You are told of the Gratitude with £206, the J R Welch with 3180 and others from £150 – £160 but the 140 boats from this side of the Firth will not average £90 in view of the many that have shared the losses and toils of the autumn for what today will not repay the expenses of the voyage….. as an illustration of the low prices in the south… The lady of the Lake, Cellardyke, has fished 31 lasts or over 400 crans for less than £150


A telegram was received from Yarmouth by the Rev Mr Ray Cellardyke, on Friday afternoon, telling that the St Monans veteran James Lyall had been washed from his son in law’s boat, Star of Bethlehem, on Friday afternoon, and the next morning the doleful tidings were received by the Rev Mr Murray, Anstruther that William Montadore, one of the crew of the Venus Star fishing from Lowestoft had perished in the gale.


HRH Princess Louisa while on her way to Kellie Castle recently stopped at Anstruther for some time, and visited some places of interest. The party attracted little attention and although many enquiring glances were cast at them they were not recognised. They visited a local watchmakers and purchased a watch on account of the interesting story attached to it. A native of Cellardyke acted as steward on Lord Nelson’s flagship. Something went wrong with the galley clock and nelson gave him this watch to keep things right. It has remained in the family for some time, but came into Mr Lumsden’s possession lately, he produced it and they eagerly bought it.

The body of the man found between Crail and Cellardyke was yesterday identified as that of James Simson Thomson 27 years of age, a labourer from Tayport.


The failure of the South Drave last year gave a new impetus to the small line fishing, and during the last few months first three and then seven crews began to fish from Cellardyke. The crews use mussels either from Glasgow, Newhaven or the Eden. Their cruise extends to about 20 miles east of the May, and so far has been attended with more profit than that which marks the progress of the herring fishing


Pittenweem and Cellardyke Fishing Company. The object of this company is to catch and sell fish, and for that purpose to purchase, repair and improve fishing vessels; to hire or engage men &c. First Subscribers – Alex Reay ( I’d think this is a misprint of Keay), James Street Cellardyke, Mitchell Hughes fish salesman Abbey wall Rd, Thomas Dunsire Fish carrier Shore head Anstruther; W Oliphant bank agent, Wm Hughes merchant Mid Shore Pittenweem. R T Thomson Solicitor Anstruther. John Guthrie Solicitor Anstruther. Registered office East Green Anstruther.  Capital £1000 in 100, £10 shares.


The last of the fishing boats belonging to Anstruther returned from the fishing at Scarborough on Friday last. The season has not been a prosperous one the highest catch being £100, while the average will scarcely reach £40. The fishing at Yarmouth seems to have been very successful. Last week one Cellardyke boat grossed £100 in two shots.


The fishermen of Cellardyke, Pittenweem and St Monans who are at present engaged in the seine or circle net fishing in the Firth of Forth, have prepared a petition to the Secretary of State for Scotland against the Bye law prohibiting the fishing being confirmed and made legal.

The Cellardyke Echo – 2/11/2016


The electors of the burgh of Kilrenny were convened by Provost Martin for the purpose of nominating councillors. There are upwards of 350 electors, but only about twenty were present, though this small attendance is readily explained by the absence of more than three fourths of the fishermen at the English fishery. The Provost also referred to the local improvements since the burgh was reformed three years ago by the last Reform Bill, such as the greenstone causeway on the main street, the reconstruction of Forth Street and the opening of a money order and telegraph office in Cellardyke…… Provost martin then alluded to a silly and impertinent remark which had appeared in an obscure local print to the effect that a more central lock up was especially desirable for Cellardyke, ‘from whence, sometimes a good many offenders against law have to be conveyed’ he was well aware the statement was as unfounded as it was offensive, but he (the Provost) had taken the trouble to enquire at Police Constable MacKay about the number of committals in the lock up from Cellardyke, when the constable informed him last year there were none but ‘Jamie Sma’’ (laughter and applause)….


James Myles carter, Cellardyke, was placed at the Bar charged with having assaulted a fisher boy, named William Fleming, by striking him a blow on the head with his whip shaft. He pleaded not guilty, when evidence was adduced by the Fiscal, according to which a group of boys had been amusing themselves at ‘Sharp and Murray’s corner’ at a game of bowls, when the accused, as the youngsters thought, wantonly interfered with play. The injury was resented by a running fire of ‘glaur’ when, in a moment of irritation, to see his clean jacket besmeared with mud, Myles had dealt the boy a ‘staggering’ blow on the head. Amongst the witnesses was the complainer’s father, Thomas Fleming, who testified to the severity of the assault, which th magistrates found proven, and the charge being aggravated by a previous conviction, Myles was sentenced to 15s fine or 15 days in Cupar jail.


John Alexander Millar, boat builder, Cellardyke, was examined in bankruptcy before Sheriff Bell yesterday. The bankrupts liabilities are stated at £50, and his assets at 3102 14s 4d. After examination by Mr Johnston, agent for the creditors, the statutory oath was administered.

Aberdeen – The Humane Society’s medal for saving life was awarded to Robert Tarvitt, fisherman, Cellardyke, for rescuing a boy from the harbour.


Another Cellardyke fisherman drowned at Lowestoft.

Again the wild winds are sighing the sorrows of the sea, and in the old home the big tear is falling over the hopes and joys buried for ever in the deep. In this case the victim is Andrew Lyall one of the crew of the Cellardyke boat Cyprus, owned by his brother in law, Skipper John Watson, which, like the others of the Scottish fleet sailed from Lowestoft for the herring sea on the course of Monday. The weather was and had been threatening; but cheered by the rising prospects of the fishing the boats had faced the terrors of the night, when the squall once more burst upon them with all the fury of the hurricane. It was in the hour of the wildest conflict with wind and sea that the Cyprus while standing into the land was struck by a tremendous wave, which buried the decks in the bosom of the roaring cataract. The gallant boat bounded like a mighty wrestler from the grasp of her enemy, and each brave man breathed a thankful prayer for his deliverance; but there was one hero the less after that terrible ordeal. It was the sad old story, a strong hand is struck in an instant from its last life hold, and sent to battle, without a chance or possibility of rescue, in the jaws of death, where, perchance, the drowning cry is heard, but scarce heard, ere all is hushed for ever in the silence of the grave. The disaster occurred about four o clock on Tuesday Morning, and in the course of the day the fatal news were telegraphed to Cellardyke where the deceased, who is about 60 years of age, leaves a widow to bewail his loss. Andrew Lyall was a fine specimen of a Scottish Fisherman – strong and resolute as the element, at once his cradle and his grave, but withal as earnest and peace-loving, as sympathetic and true, as the needle which so often guided him through the darkness and the storm; and both on the old shore and amongst his comrades on the far away cruise his untimely fate has excited on all sides a general burst of sorrow and regret.

Some five and twenty years ago a new boat in the Anst’er building yard was an incident to be talked of at the market cross and kirk-stile but with unqualified pleasure we now observe that scarcely a month comes and goes without bringing an addition to the matchless deep sea going fleet of the East Neuk of Fife. The latest and in many ways the most interesting of these is the real sea fairy just waiting to step into the dance, under the kindly hand of our enterprising townsman, Mr Wm Jarvis. She makes no fewer than seventy eight boats on the first class register built by Mr Jarvis since the old brae rang with the music of his mallet; but besides the interest which always attaches to the youngest of the family, the new boat will be regarded as the very paragon and perfection of a Scottish Fishing Craft. In point of size she is inferior to the famous herring smacks or luggers of Yarmouth, which are sixty feet long with a register measurement of 40 tons or more; but in other respects as was so signally borne out by the remarkable success of the Fife boats on the Norfolk sea, the English owners, like the English fishermen would profit much by a leaf from the book from their cousins from Scotland. The craft now under notice is to the order of Mr James Brunton, of Cellardyke and is all but forty nine feet in length, seventeen in beam and will measure more than 30 tons. Another sister built within the year, was all the talk on Lowestoft Bridge by the unprecedented run from St Monance elbow of just one and thirty hours, and the old salt as he scans the graceful shear and gallant bearings of the new craft, will be at little loss for ‘the reason why’ and in the freshening gale our Anstruther Clippers take and keep the weather gage in the exulting race. But while able to spread their wings, while less powerful sea birds are crippled or halt in the storm – these crafts are also distinguished by their ample stowage or accommodation under hatches – a matter of the most urgent consequences, when we remember that on one and the same voyage, the deep sea going boats are occasionally freighted, both with the herring drift and white fishing tackle, either of which would more than choke the gear chamber 20 years ago. We also turn with much interest to the superior accommodation for the crew, which is here so roomy and well fitted as to make the boat in every sense a floating home not for a run but for weeks and months together as in the Lammas drave or the Shetland Cod fishery, in which, we hear, Skipper Brunton and some other energetic sea brothers of the coast after the lent of the ensuing spring.

The distressing intelligence was received in the end of last week that an Anstruther sailor, named John Duff, one of the crew of the Cellardyke herring boat belonging to James Tarvit, now fishing at Yarmouth has been accidentally drowned in the River.

Yesterday a telegram was received in Anstruther intimating that Alexander Watson, owner and master of the Cellardyke Fishing boat Star, had that morning been washed overboard and drowned off Lowestoft. The deceased was about 50 years of age, leaves a widow and five young Children. This is the third Cellardyke fisherman drowned since the boats left Anstruther for Lowestoft and Yarmouth 6 weeks ago,


A Yarmouth telegram was received in Anstruther on Sabbath with the mournful tidings that Alexander Brown, one of the crew of the Herring boat Mayflower of Cellardyke had died there at an early hour that morning from the effects, as it seems of exposure and fatigue at his stormy calling. The unfortunate mariner was about 48 years of age and up to the fatal voyage looked the very picture of hale and robust manhood. He leaves a widow and 6 children to mourn his loss. His elder brother bailie Brown left to superintend the funeral….. The seafaring men at Yarmouth – whether from the shores of the Forth or elsewhere attended in large numbers… (Brown had been in the Hope… the first East Neuk boat to prosecute the Yarmouth Fishery in 1863)

The Cellardyke Echo – 26/10/2016

This week only two court cases… for a change.. it may be an eye opener for some to learn about their relatives.


The Effects of a Loose Tongue –

Burgh Court,

James Haggart, better known by his soubriquet of Abernethy, was charged with the crime of breach of the peace, in so far as he used threatening language to James Watson, fish merchant Cellardyke, and otherwise conducting himself in a drunken riotous manner near the east quay on Tuesday 5th. The panel pleaded not guilty, when James Watson, the complainer, appeared and gave evidence to the effect that Haggart had molested him by using the most foul and obscene language to him. He had twice gone away but only to be followed with similar abuse. John Stevenson, agent for the East Coast Railway further stated that if Mr Watson had not been a man with a very mild temper he certainly would have taken the law into his own hand, so unbearable was the language used towards him. Thomas Jack a Carter boy, also appeared in support of the indictment, which having been clearly proved, the panel was sentenced to pay a fine of 12 s 6d or twelve days imprisonment. He had also been charged in the libel with a conviction for a similar offence on the 21st march last, and in the course of a suitable reprimand Bailie Brown strongly referred to the disgraceful position to which he had been twice brought in the course of a few months, and earnestly counselled him to refrain from drinking which was bringing upon him shame and punishment.

A Mother and Daughter in Court

Burgh Court – Cellardyke

Christina Mentiplay, daughter, and Elspeth Lothian, wife of Alexander Mentiplay, fisherman, Cellardyke, were charged at the instant of Mr George Watson, tailor, fiscal of the Burgh, with having assaulted Elizabeth Doig, wife of William Moncrieff, fisherman near her house in Dove Street, on Monday 4th. The panels pleaded not guilty, when the fiscal took up the case of the daughter first, and evidence having been called for the prosecution, the said Elizabeth Doig or Moncrieff appeared, and deponed that at the time in question she was sitting with her neighbour at her own fireside, when she heard herself so much abused by the panels that she went down to the door. She was standing there when the daughter slyly drew to the place with a stick in her hand as if to strike her. She took hold of the stick to avert the stroke, when Christina Mentiplay seized hold of her cheek, which she tore and bled with her nails; and while she was struggling to get free, the mother came and seized the back of her head, tearing away at the same time her ‘mutch’ which she had not seen since. She had frequently been insulted by the panels, but she had never provoked them. She admitted, however, in reply to a question from the Provost, that she had thrown some water before the assault was made, but no one had been wet by it. Elizabeth Beat, the next witness, said she was standing near Mrs Moncrieff and saw distinctly what passed. Her evidence simply corroborated the former. Mrs William Watson was then examined for the defence. About the time she said, of the assault a number of boys were making an outcry in the street. She went out of her house to see if any of her family were there. She did not see the panels assault Mrs Moncrieff, but she saw the latter strike Mrs Mentiplay. The panels in her opinion were very quiet people, and to her own knowledge they had received much ill usage. A younger daughter of Mrs Mentiplay was next put on oath, and said that the reason why a stick was in her sister’s hand was to drive away the boys. Mrs Moncrieff was the first aggressor, and tore her sister’s face. Mrs Mentiplay, the other panel, was then, at her own request, heard as a witness. She gave a long statement, in the course of which she said that water as well as dirt was thrown at her and her family by the complainer. The boys were also in the habit of tormenting them and calling them ‘Fenians’.  They were doing so on Monday when her daughter went out to put them away. While doing so, water was thrown by the complainer. Her daughter simply asked the reason of this when the complainer scratched her face. She went to her daughter’s help, when Mrs Moncrieff pushed her over and struck her with a stick.

This closed the evidence on both sides, when the Fiscal addressed the court, contending that although there was great ambiguity as to who was the first aggressor, it was clear from the witnesses on both sides that an assault had been committed, and that the order and peace of the burgh demanded that an offence of this kind should be punished, for even with provocation it was for no one in a well-regulated community to take the law into their own hands. Provost Martin, then proceeded to give judgement of the court. He said that though he and his colleague had patiently considered the case, which was an exceedingly painful one as well as the most disgraceful to all concerned, the Court considered that one side was as bad as the other, and that the Fiscal would be instructed to have the complainer brought up for trial at a future day. Under the circumstances the penalty would be as lenient as the ends of justice would admit. The Provost then concluded some judicious advice as to future good behaviour, by imposing sentence, which was a fine of 2s 6d or four days imprisonment. The other panel was then placed at the bar, and having, with the consent of the fiscal agreed to hold the evidence as repeated, she received a similar sentence. The hearing of the case occupied more than an hour, and from the large attendance in Court it appeared to have excited some interest in the Burgh. Both fines we understand were paid.

The Cellardyke Echo – 19/10/2016


East of Fife Railway – well done the fishermen of Cellardyke! They have purchased shares in this undertaking to no less than £800!


A public meeting of the inhabitants of East and West Anstruther and Cellardyke was held in the town hall of east Anstruther on Friday last. The hall and staircase were densely crowded, and a great number were unable to gain admittance…….. the committee had now surmounted all local obstacles to a united effort by all the burghs for a common  ‘Union harbour’; the extended harbour works to be in connection with the present Anstruther harbour; the town council of East Anstruther had consented to surrender the harbour revenues on certain conditions,  the fishermen of Cellardyke also had a public meeting and agreed to abandon Craignoon scheme, and to devote the £500 they had already collected, and to tax themselves at the rate of 1s 6d a week per boat, if a harbour in connection with the present Anstruther harbour, and sufficient for their wants could be secured, and the managers of West Anstruther also gave the scheme their hearty approval.


Since Tuesday week none of the boats engaged in the white fishing have ventured out, owing to the severe gales of easterly wind and a heavy swell….. The fleet of large boats belonging to Cellardyke at present engaged in Line fishing amounts to thirty eight. Besides these, five or six yawls chiefly manned by old men and boys pursue the fishing in the Forth.


Contemplated Fishing Company – We hear it is rumoured that owing to the low prices realised for fish as compared with other articles of food, the Cellardyke fishermen are proposing to form a company amongst themselves for the purpose of buying and curing fish for market. If the scheme were entered into with spirit and union, there is no doubt it could be easily  set a going in Cellardyke, although we rather suspect that the project has, in the meantime at least, no other foundation than natural discontent at the present low rates. With an improved market, however, we may anticipate a more friendly relationship between our fishermen and fishcurers, whose returns of late have been less profitable than is sometimes alleged.

In the case of John Gilchrest, shoemaker, Cellardyke, against John jack fisherman there, considerable sensation was caused by the following incident:- The defender, having expressed his willingness to take the oath, the same was administered, and the first clause repeated in the usual way, but, on the second one being given, the Sheriff was interrupted by the defender crying out ‘Hould on a bit.’ The Sheriff again repeated the clause, but the persistent fisherman, without waiting to take breath, continued his remonstrance ‘Tak time; hould on a bit’ and the third, and even fourth repetition, had to be made, and that not without the decisive tone of authority, before the objections of  the defender were stopped and the proceeding resumed their ordinary course.

Export of barrels – for some time past large quantities of white herring barrels have been shipped by our curers. Most have been sent to Yarmouth or Lowestoft, but a considerable number have also been forwarded to various parts of the West Coast of Scotland and England…. As many as 5000 or 6000 barrels are supposed to have already been dispatched by the Anstruther and Cellardyke curers (by railway companies charging 32s 6d per ton, eighty barrels being computed as a ton) . Although we cannot pretend to universal accuracy, we think we are warranted in stating the number of barrels at present in store in the two towns at about 14 000, which it is not unlikely will be nearly doubled by the commencement of the Lammas fishing of 1867


P T Thomson, general Draper Cellardyke. Has always on hand a large assortment of ladies’ and children’s, hand sewed stays, deserving every public attention.


On Saturday last the large old tenement situated at the Harbour of Cellardyke, belonging to the heirs of the late MR John Salter, was exposed in the town hall there. The upset price was reduced from £140 – £130, but no offer was received and the sale was consequently adjourned. This curious old house is one of the most remarkable in the East of Fife. It was built 200 years ago by Andrew Bruce, The Celebrated Bishop of Orkney, who was at the time minister of Kilrenny, having been appointed as such in 1665, in room of Mr Robert Bennet, who was deposed for his covenanting principles. Like the houses of the period, it is built on arches of strong masonry, and although much dilapidated by time and use, it still shows traces of its former consequence and grandeur.

On Saturday evening several shopkeepers in Anstruther and Cellardyke were imposed upon and defrauded of various sums of money by the following bold and systematic stratagem. A rather handsome well-dressed man, accompanied by a woman of equally unexceptionable appearance, entered the shops after dark to make sundry purchases. For the purpose of either paying for the goods or obtaining change, the accomplished sharper would place a five shilling piece or a one pound not upon the counter, at the same time asking the shopkeeper to show more of his wares, or otherwise trying to engage his attention by all the artifice of a ready and practised swindler. While thus confused or thrown off his guard, the shopkeeper of course was easily tempted into a mistake when counting the money, which was the particular object aimed at. In the case of a draper in the west end of Cellardyke this was done by first asking change for a half sovereign. This was no sooner done and the silver counted down on the counter than the wily rogue, with a politeness that was not to be refused, asked back his gold coin and begged to have silver taken in exchange for a pound note, at the same time placing another 10 shillings beside the sum already lying on the counter. The worthy draper seeing the change for the pound before him, but forgetting about the half sovereign which in the meantime he had returned, allowed his exceedingly frank and civil visitors, to bow themselves out of the premises, and did not perceive the fraud passed upon him until it was too late. On Monday however several complaints were made by aggrieved parties to Police Constable Sharp, who immediately proceeded in search of the suspected swindler, whom he traced to Leven. There the fashionable scamp was apprehended in the course of the evening, when he was conveyed back to Anstruther ‘lock up’ and detained until next morning when he was removed by first train to Cupar Sheriff court.

The Cellardyke Echo – 12/10/2016


The inadequate supply of fish in the Edinburgh Market has long been a subject of general complaint …… For a great portion of the year the Newhaven fishermen are engaged with the herring fishery, during all which interval our markets are entirely destitute of white fish…… The plan by which Edinburgh is at present supplied with fish is defective in every particular. The fish are brought from a great distance, being generally purchased by the Newhaven fishermen from the boats of Cellardyke, Anstruther, Dunbar and Eyemouth, They are either brought to market by water or they are carried on the backs of women exposed to the weather, and to many other casualties, no attention being given during this process to anything like cleanliness….


The body of a man supposed to be one of the unfortunate crew of the boat from Cellardyke that lately upset, was found on the beach at St Skeoch, near Boddin, on Monday.


The Commissioners for the Herring Fishery are anxiously seeking to extend the interests of that important branch of national commerce and have just contracted for improving the fishing harbour at Cellardyke.


Cholera – In Cellardyke, we understand the disease prevails to a considerable extent. The malady appears now to have established itself generally throughout the country


Alexander Jack, Fisherman of Cellardyke was placed at the Bar, accused of assaulting his uncle James Watson, senior, late of Dundee, now residing in Cellardyke, to the effusion of his blood. Jack pleaded not guilty as libelled, and sentenced him to pay a fine of £4 sterling, or three weeks imprisonment in Kirkcaldy jail –  fine paid.


Marriages – At Anstruther on 5th isn’t, by the Rev. Mr Craig. Mr Robert Fowler, to Jessie, youngest daughter of Mr David Deas, Cellardyke.


Among the victims of that fatal disease which now rages throughout the length and breadth of our land cutting off old and young in its merciless career, was one woman living in Cellardyke, with whose end a melancholy and repulsive incident is connected, which we are about to relate. It seems from careful industry, she had, by selling fish ( for she was a fishmonger) or by some other means unknown, realised the enormous sum of 3157 9s, while she passed in the neighbourhood as a poor miserable wretch, having scarcely wherewithal to satiate her stomach with the meanest food. Accordingly, when she and her son were seized with the disease, no person would look near them, except the Doctor, who was in duty bound to do so; and she anticipating that her end was approaching, gave him the key of the lock where in the treasure was safely secured, and told him that he might prescribe anything in the shape of medicines he chose however expensive, as she would see it paid if she lived, and if she died he might know where to find payment. Being so assured, he ordered wine and other restoratives, which so acted upon the frames of her and her son, that a cessation of the disease was the consequence and the medical man declared them in a state of recovery, and he afterwards visited but seldom and far between. Her son being stronger than her was soon able to run about; and he being an insane creature, did not mind his mother, but ran wildly about at his leisure. She, poor woman, not being able rise and take nourishment herself, and having no person to give it to her, is said to have actually died of want. But this is not all, so long as her riches were unknown in the world, she had no friend or relative upon the earth, but as soon as it became generally known that she had left such a sum behind her, her relatives crowded about her corpse in abundance, like vultures, seeking for a portion of the glittering treasure, inasmuch as they knew that her son could not inherit it, being an illegitimate child… Such is the way the world goes…

Cholera – Since our last the ravages of this disease has generally somewhat abated its fury, except in one family, which has had four of its members snatched from out the circles. There have been eight cases in all since our last, five of which have been fatal. It is an interesting fact, and on worth being recorded, as showing that cleanliness is the principle and only remedy for fortifying a town against the ravages of this blighting epidemic, and, moreover, its truthfulness has been clearly and fully exemplified in Cellardyke.  …. Except in the case of Robert Davidson, of whom his children were cut off. The house of that family, which had four of its members devoured by the strong hand of death is just a nest of filth and dirt, where plagues and pestilences revel in their proper element, and exercise their potent and withering influences with the most fearful effect.

Since the 6th September when it first broke out here until the 6th October a period of thirty days 53 cases, 23 recoveries and 39 deaths, making one death each day…

David Watson, a fisherman in Cellardyke was charged with culpably, wickedly and recklessly throwing a quantity of boiling or burning tar upon the persons of Thomas Bella and David Wood, each about nine years of age, and both residing in Cellardyke, whereby they were seriously injured in their persons. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to pay a fine of 31, or undergo twenty days imprisonment.

The Cellardyke Echo – 5/10/2016


Mr John G Moncrieff, son of Mr and Mrs W Moncrieff, George Street Cellardyke has been promoted manager of Messrs Richards Audit Company, Windsor, Ontario Canada. Mr Moncrieff served his apprenticeship in Anstruther and emigrated to Canada in 1912.

A firm of American lawyers have been in communication with Mr Alexander Edwards, fisherman Lossiemouth, regarding an immense estate acquired by one of his forebears who died nearly half a century ago. The letter went to MR Edwards as the oldest descendant but there are of course, other relatives, with equal claims. The wealth waiting to be apportioned to the rightful heirs has swollen to the extraordinary figure of 100 million pounds, and the vastness of the accumulating interest has made it essential that an early decision must be given to its disposal..

14 named claimants mainly in Aberdeenshire, – also Mrs Georgina Macleod, or Watson, Cellardyke……


The steam drifter White Queen (Skipper Moncrieff, Cellardyke) arrived at Anstruther with 70 Cran of Herring. The catch had first of all been taken to Hartlepool and was purchased over the phone by Messrs R Melville and sons, Cellardyke at £1 per cran.

Cellardyke fishermen have formed a committee to act in cooperation with Mr J Duncan Millar, MP for East Fife, during the crisis in the herring fishing industry.

 The committee have drawn up a statement urging –

Immediate government aid

Inquiry into the destruction of young herring by the sprat fishers in the Firth of Tay and Forth and;

Better supervision of trawling on the East Coast.

 The committee maintain that the sprat fishers are destroying tons of young herring which, if they were allowed to reach maturity, would leave the shallow waters for deeper waters, and the winter herring at Anstruther would revive.

Applications for exemption from school were submitted as follows – Pittenweem 1 ( recommended) Anstruther 4 ( recommended) Cellardyke 9 and one under 12 years of age (recommended) St Monans 4 (recommended), Crail 26, and 2 under 12, Mr Steel St Monans, moved that those under 12 be refused exemption, Rev Jas A Paterson, Chairman seconded.

Mr Charles Gardner Anstruther moved that they do not stick to the age as given but take the age of the children on the date they commenced potato lifting, Bailie Galloway seconded on a vote the amendment was carried 11 -4. One poor Crail case was refused on account of poor attendance at School.

Desirable Dwelling house, shop and bakehouse for sale by public roup within the National Bank, Cellardyke on 24th Oct.

The Property on the corner of Fowler Street and Rodger Street all as presently occupied by David Birrell, Baker Cellardyke, Rental £21, feu duty £1 0s 3d, Entry and actual possession at 1st November. Upset price £700.


4th Oct

George Corstorphine, 57 George Street, Cellardyke has been missing since Saturday night from the steam drifter Mace at Yarmouth ( Skipper Martin Gardner) , where most of the East of Fife fleet is engaged in the herring fishing. The Mace left Anstruther about a fortnight ago and has been working its way south.

Corstorphine is 34 years of age, and with a family of two, son of Mr and Mrs George Corstorphine 47 Joh  Street.

Fruiterer sues fisherman

‘May god strike me deaf, dumb and blind if I were the thief’ said Alexander smith, lately fruiterer, 45 James Street Cellardyke, in Cupar Sheriff Court today, during the course of his proof in his slander action for £250 against James Brunton, fisherman, 59 James Street.

 The pursuer, who was 58 years of age, stated in the witness box that he was accused by the defender of stealing certain stores consisting of 6 x 1lb tins of condensed mik, 4 x 1lb tines of corned beef, 2lbs of lard, 2lbs of sugar and two jars of Jam, from his boat, the Lasher; while it was lying in Cellardyke harbour.

 The defender denied that he had made an actual accusation against the pursuer, but stated that he had suspicions which he had communicated to him.

 In consequence of the stories that had gone about the pursuers fruiterers business fell off from something like 20s to 25s per day to about 8s per day.

In answer to Sherriff Dudley Stuart, the defender said that he did not believe the pursuer’s denial.

The Sheriff – Do you believe it bow? – I do not believe it yet.

The Sheriff – you know now that he did steal these things from your boat? – I am not sure, you know. All the proof I have is that I got the empty tins on the beach opposite the pursuers house.

The Sheriff, – It seems to me at all events, there is no doubt whatever that you conveyed to him you were accusing him of stealing those things fron the boat? – I never acused him.

The Sheriff, – You come here and say that you have the proof he did it? That is all the proof!

‘I thought it was enough’

The Sheriff, – ‘You think it is enough? – I thought it was enough at the time.

The Sheriff, – Do you still think so? – You people know better about the law than I do, and I thought it was enough

The Sheriff, – You have taken a risk, If you are going to accuse a man of theft who says he knows nothing about your property and didn’t take it, you have to prove it.

The defender – I put the case into the hands of the police at home but nothing was done.

The Sheriff, – Didn’t that make you a little cautious in the matter? – I told the fiscal if there was nothing to be done he would just have to let it drop.

The Sheriff, –  you didn’t let it drop yourself, that is why you are here today. You persisted in accusing him.

The Sheriff, – Your proof is that certain empty tins you had on board your boat were found on the beach infront of his house?- yes

The Sheriff, – That is the whole story, you think that is enough?

Defender – I thought it was enough

The Sheriff, – do you still think so?- yes

The Sheriff, – that’s just the question.

Pursuer stated that when the defender said he could prove that he had stolen the stores he (the pourser) went for a policeman. When the Policeman arrived at the boat the defender would not come from the bottom to speak to him. Defender said to him he would give him 24 hours to put back the stores or give him £2. He told defender he would do nothing of the sort.

 Later in the month defender was in his house when he ‘chapped’ him and said he was surprised at hi putting the blame on him, and defender said the stolen goods came into this dwelling house. On another occasion defender called at his house when two boys were present and said ‘I am going to give you a chance’. By that pursuer understood defender was wanting him to say that he had stolen the goods

James Brunton said that the pursuer came to his boat for some fish on the night he arrived at the harbour and he saw the key of the galley hung up. When the stores were missed he never accused the pursuer of stealing them; but he told him he would give him 24 hours to put them back. When empty corned beef tines were found on the beach opposite pursuer’s house that strengthened his suspicions. He had told him he had his proof.

After hearing the agents his lordship made avizandum (the Sheriff took time to consider the case)

(Judgement 1 week later – Jimmy Brunton was liable and ordered to pay £20 damages, the £250 claim had been extravagantly stated)

9th Oct

The remains of George Corstorphine were laid to rest in Kilrenny Churchyard yesterday afternoon. Corstorphine went amissing on 27th Sept, and his body was recovered from the river a week later. The coroner at the inquest returned the verdict ‘found drowned’

Over 100 mourners attended the funeral, Rev J R Lee, minister of Cellardyke parish Church, officiating


While cleaning out the lumber room in Cellardyke town hall. Mr Christopher Muir, town officer, unearthed an old oak chest, which resisted all his efforts to open.

He drew attention of the council to it, and as no key could be found to fit the lock it was decided to force it open. This was accordingly done, and to the surprise and pleasure of those present it was found to contain a complete set of brass measures in splendid condition. These number seven in all, ranging from a half gill to a gallon and are of a most artistic design.

Engraved on the front is the town’s coat of arms, surmounted by a scroll and crown. Beneath are the names of the three bailies who dispensed justice to all and sundry and below the names the date 1826.

It is noteworthy that the name of the Provost is omitted. He may have been a passive resister at the expense incurred by buying these articles.

In addition to these brass measures there was found a four gallon or half bushel measure in copper. The design of this is decidedly quaint, and forms and outstanding feature of the find. An ell measure tipped with brass, and a brass yard measure were also brought to light.

 It is understood that the town council mean to keep the measures in a manner befitting their intrinsic and historic value


Christina Williamson, Cellardyke awarded second class honours in Classics (Ord. MA 1926)

Philip Anderson (12) of 56 John Street has been awarded Royal Humane Society parchment for having saved from drowning at Cellardyke on 28th July William Mackenzie, aged 5 of 46 John Street who had accidentally fallen into the sea.