The Cellardyke Echo – 18/5/2016


The Cellardyke Fishing boat Jane and William arrived at Anstruther last night with one of the crew, George Murray (Geddes), Suffering from small pox. As soon as Murray was conveyed home a doctor ordered his removal to Ovenstone Hospital, the rest of the crew were vaccinated and the boat fumigated, while the different houses of the men were all sprayed with fumiline. The attack is a mild one and it is thought there will be no further outbreak. The Boat had been fishing at North Shields for some weeks, it is surmised that Murray must have been in contact with other cases.

At Cellardyke Burgh Court Mrs Maxwell Kilrenny pleaded guilty to failing to comply with an attendance order securing the regular attendance of her son and daughter at school, she admitted she had lost control over them.  The magistrates ordered the children to be sent to an industrial school until they were 14 years of age


A Cellardyke fisherman named David Moncrieff was drowned through being washed overboard off Shields.


In view of the retiral of Mr Barbour head teacher, Cellardyke at the close of the season at the age limit and of Mr McFarlane assistant, who leaves for China, the board agreed that the succeeding head teacher commence with a salary of £200 rising in 5 years to £250 at the rate of £10 per annum and the assistant commence at £110, rising to £130 at the rate of £5 annually.

Section from the ADVERT – –  Kilrenny School board – Wanted male certified teacher for the supplementary class of Cellardyke public School, singing and drawing essential and navigation desirable…….


Rewards for Bravery in Scotland – Royal Humane Society

Testimonial to David Black, James Street Cellardyke, a plucky lad of 15 for saving another boy from the sea at Cellardyke on April 21st.


Government Contracts for local firms

Oilskins- J Martin & Co Cellardyke, R Watson & Co Anstruther.


A girl named Orr, employed at Martin and Co’s Oilskin factory, sustained severe injuries while at work on Saturday. Her apron caught in the machinery and before the workings could be stopped she was carried several times round the shafting, with the result her clothes were badly torn. When the machinery was stopped the unfortunate girl fell to the ground floor and sustained severe injuries to her head.


 (this was an unclear article I have tried to make full sense of it)

Father and Son Fined at Cupar

Sequel to a £20 000 fire at Cellardyke Oilskin Factory of J Martin & Sons, today in Cupar Sherriff Court Joseph Buttars Ritchie, restauranteur and his son Joseph Ritchie shop assistant 20 East Green Anstruther, were charged with having on 2nd or 3rd May broke into the factory premises  at Mill ???? Occupied by Robert???der & Co and stolen there from oilskin coats and hangers. The pleaded to simple theft and this was accepted.

Acting for the Accused Mr Tasker, Cupar, stated that on the night in question there was the fire at Martin’s Factory, a lot of oilskins were thrown on the road. Many of them were taken to the store. For some unknown reason he could not understand the accused broke into the store and stole some of these, but did not get away with them as they were discovered by the police and the coats were recovered. These men had been in trouble before and they could not understand what possessed them to do such a foolish thing. The elder had a wife and five of a family and was in a good way of business.

The Fiscal said it was an exceptionally bad and mean theft.. On the night of the fire the loss to the firm was over £20 000. In course they got people to carry away as much of the goods as possible. An insuring firm offered to store anything saved from the factory and a large number of goods were taken there.

Immediately after dark a great deal of looting took place and in consequence the police took charge of the store. Concealed themselves and while there Ritchie and his son came in. Ritchie was heard to say ‘Take all you can’. When chased by the police they threw away a number of the goods but when the police reached them an overcoat was got there, showing they had been twice to the store. Through Theft the firm reckoned that they had lost much and the value of the stuff taken away was £5 10s. Accused were well ???? and there was no excuse. They were fined each £5, or ??? days imprisonment.


For Sale by Private Bargain, on retiral of the owner

The Cellardyke Oilskin Factory, 31 – 39 James Street Cellardyke, with the Oilskin Manufacturers business carried on during the last 40 years, by Alex Black & Co (inventors and sole manufacturers of the Patent canvas buoy)

The buildings are in excellent order and include ample storage, are equipped with all the necessary Machinery, driven by steam power. The present stock will be taken over by the purchaser at mutual valuation….


John Duncan, Boat Tavern, Cellardyke was charged at Cupar Burgh Court on Saturday with contravening the licensing laws by supplying two men with glasses of beer seven minutes after closing time.  A plea of not guilty was tendered and the trial set for 25th September.

The Cellardyke Echo – 11/5/2016


Robert Watson, pleaded guilty to what appears to have been a neighbours quarrel, he, being under the influence of liquor, kicked the door, and broke one of the panes in the window of Alexander Wood, for which he was fined 10s 6d. Two young fishermen John Henderson and George Tawse, were accused of a breach of the peace by being noisy and quarrelsome in drink at an early hour on Sabbath 26th ult.


The crew of the Cellardyke Boat, Maggie Reid had an exciting adventure at sea. While the gale was raging like a whirlwind the big mast snapped by the deck. ‘God be praised’ might well rise on thankful lips for the escape of boat and crew, but the recovery of the spar was the one chance of regaining the land, It was anxiously watched by Skipper Henderson and his crew, till the storm was so far spent that they were able to hoist it on board. A carpenter and his tools were needed, but like the old fathers of Cellardyke, who when cast away on a desert island, built a boat from the wreck of their ship, and so escaped to a friendly port, the crew in this case, with no better implement than the steerage axe, so fashioned the broken mast to the step that they once again set sail to reach their own firesides on the Sabbath.    (The Maggie Reid, KY 1632, was about 50ft, Owned by Daniel Henderson who built my house in West Forth Street, she was named after his second wife. Daniel was lost in 1900 with the Bernicia.  Maggie, Margaret (Reid) was already the Widowed Mrs. Thomas Brown, her first husband was lost with the Great Line boat Helen along with her brother Thomas Reid and 6 other crew  10 May 1865, Her father was Thomas Reid, Fisherman and Maggie’s Mother was  Agnes Reid nee Birrell , Agnes Reid Birrell lost 2 husbands, two sons, two son in laws, two brothers and two brother in laws and numerous other relations to the sea)  


On Friday, Christina Paterson Danks, Schoolmistress, Cellardyke, committed suicide in a house in Nelson Place Stirling, by cutting her throat with a razor. It appears that the deceased had been suffering from nervous prostration and insomnia for some time, but nothing serious was anticipated. For the last week or two she resided at Stirling for the sake of the change of air, staying in the same house as her sweetheart. Miss Danks was 26 years of age and was a very amiable disposition. She had been appointed six years ago, having previously been in Cowdenbeath. She had been ailing for the last six weeks, and had to provide a substitute, She was always held in great respect by the members of the School board and the public, being a special favourite with the parents. Being Ill with spinal disease it is supposed she must have committed the rash deed in a temporary fit of insanity


Yesterday Chalmers memorial Church was opened for public worship ………… The Architect was Mr David Henry, who designed Waid Academy and Cellardyke Town hall.


Anstruther – Provost Anderson reported that Mr R Williamson, Cellardyke, had received the contract for laying the concrete on the new iron footbridge between the two burghs, the price was £18 10s.


 7th May,

Considerable anxiety is felt in Cellardyke and Pittenweem at the absence of ten deep sea fishing boats, which left for the fishing ground this week. A severe storm was encountered by the fleet about 200 miles from land, but all are accounted for but ten – five belonging to each port. Six steam liners which left Anstruther this morning took away extra provisions to give missing crews if successful in coming across them. There are seven men in each boat, and if no word is received by this evening, the fishery board is to be requisitioned to send a cruiser in search of them in the North Sea.

8th May

During yesterday four of them turned up, but up til 4 o clock our correspondent telegraphed that six boats were still missing

Two of the six missing Cellardyke and Pittenweem boats have arrived home safely, other two were spoken in the North Sea on Saturday riding at their lines, and nothing has been heard of one boat belonging to Pittenweem and another to Cellardyke.

9th may

The Smiling Morn of Cellardyke was reported from Aberdeen yesterday morning, while the Resolute, Betsy Hughes and Minniehaha  of Pittenweem , all arrived in the Firth in the course of the Day. The crew of the latter state that they saw the J.R.Welch, (Skipper, James Smith (Hamilton) working her gear on Sunday and she was expected at any moment. The Glengarry has not been seen since Saturday, but as she was lying at her lines there is no doubt felt that she will also put in an appearance shortly. As was anticipated, they had all held onto the great lines in order to save them, and the storms gave no chance to haul them till Sunday

(Late edition newspaper)

All the Cellardyke and Pittenweem fishing boats have now been accounted for the last two arriving in Anstruther late last night. The fishermen report very narrow escapes from the mountainous seas which swept over the boats, while others had almost exhausted their provisions and were living on Short allowances since Sunday


The Vine belonging Cellardyke arrived at North Shields this morning after undergoing rough experiences. The Crew gave a thrilling account of their adventures in the storm. It appears they had been carrying on Fishing operations since 13th . They were 85 miles from the Tyne bearing East by North from Tynemouth castle. The wind blew with great force from the North East. The crew were unable to save their Lines, and lost all but two of them. The boat’s head was turned for the land in hopes of reaching the Tyne. They managed however to get within half a mile of the mouth of the Harbour, but on account of the tremendous seas which were running it was found dangerous, and the boats head was accordingly put to seas. Upwards of 300 fathoms of rope and chain were put out to keep the boat’s head to sea. The Men state that the seas flooded the cabins and it was a miracle that none of them were washed overboard.

(By sheer coincidence The Vine KY 417 was owned and Skippered by the same Daniel Henderson,  It was the vessel that replaced his Maggie Reid  KY 1632 in which was then Skippered by his nephew Andrew. Andrew and his two sons were blown up by a mine when fishing off St Abbs in 1917)


The Partnership of Robert Watson and Andrew Mitchel trading as Robert Watson and Co. was dissolved.

A new Partnership trading under the same Company name was set up by Alexander Watson and Andrew Mitchell

The Cellardyke Echo – 4/5/2016


At a meeting of Kilrenny town council communication was received from the post office authorities intimating that the telegraph would be extended to Cellardyke immediately. The clerk also read a petition from the inhabitants of Kilrenny requesting the council to take steps to provide a supply of water for domestic purposes, the former source having become impregnated with oil and other impurities from the Paraffin Oil works at Pitcorthie. The lessee of these works Mr A G Yool having promised a subscription of £5 towards defraying the expense of making a well, the meeting appointed the Magistrates to inquire as to the most suitable site and have the grievance remedied as soon as possible ( Shale Oil extraction was as controversial then as the fracking method of extraction today)


One of the Cellardyke yawls prosecuting the salmon fishing in the firth captured a whale on Saturday. It was supposed that he fish had been chasing a salmon when it got caught in the nets.  Its capture was quite a maritime exploit. Skipper John Gardiner’s net rope was almost torn away by a tremendous jerk, while at the same time the sea, so calm before, began to boil and toss as if the boat was beset within eddying circles of a furious whirlpool. It was about midnight and the astonished fishers were wakened by the true secret of the alarm, as a colossal tail immediately began to lash the water with resistless fury, making it only too obvious that some monster of the deep had become entangled in the gear. Fortunately in addition to his two young nephews who usually accompany him in his fishing trips, Skipper Gardiner in this occasion had the powerful help of his brother, but even with this effective reinforcement, an encounter with so formidable an antagonist in size and fury was so doubtful that Mr Gardiner, thinking, ‘discretion the better part of valour’ proposed to cut away the nets, but he was overruled by his brother and his two sons, the later showed a pluck and resolution beyond their years. A desperate conflict now ensued in the attempt to grapple with the leviathan, which in its maddened efforts to get free, became, of course , more and more  entangled amongst the nets; but in one of its wild gambols the daring fishers succeeded in cleverly fastening a rope round its tail, but the giant was not to be so easily bridled, and was likely to have burst through every complicated environment, when after a fierce struggle, during which the boys nobly took part; even in the wildest sallies and plunges of the enraged kraken, if they could not do more, their encouraging cries ‘Hing on Uncle, Hing on..’ impelled to the watery combat, which was at length so far decided by the stalwart arm of the skipper, who succeeded by a dextrous thrust in planting the boat hook into the whales mouth, which being in this way secured very much like the bull with a ring in its nose, was triumphantly towed into Anstruther harbour alive. It was landed on the slip at the east quay, where shortly afterwards it began to blow and lash the ground violently. Before it died it succeeded in throwing itself over the slip on to the beach, where it was visited by a large number of people in the course of the day. It has a singularly beautiful appearance, its deep slate back and delicately white and sky tinted belly being as clear and glossy as polished glass, while those curious longitudinal folds so like the planking of a herring boat . The fish was a fine specimen of the species known as the rorqual or herring whale, and was fully 15 ½ feet in length. It was purchased by Provost Todd for 45s.


The splendid steamer ‘Heron’ belonging to the General Steam Navigation Co, while on her usual voyage from London to Granton ran ashore below Innergellie on the East Side of Cellardyke. This favourite steamer had sailed from London on the noon of Saturday with a valuable cargo and about 30 passengers.  In the thick fog the lead line was often in use, but Captain Wilson, one of the most valued officers of the company with quarter a century of service, was under the impression that the ship was in the fairway of the Forth when she ran foul of a flat ledge with such a velocity that her bow was raised many inches out of the water.  The engines were at once reversed, but the great way on the ship, and the ebb tide having set in for an hour before, she remained fast as the rock. In this situation she was seen about six in the morning by the crab and lobster yawls, but the captain thought himself justified in the calm state of the weather to take the chance of resuming the voyage with the next tide, and declined any help, though a hoe-sick passenger took the first opportunity of clambering over the ship’s side and gaining terra firma. Crowds of people soon after arrived on the beach, and the interest of course deepened with the attempt to back the ship at full sea, which, proved altogether unsuccessful. Captain Wilson seeing the result, landed his passengers, amongst whom were two ladies on their way to Dunfermline, and two soldiers one belonging the 42nd the other the 91st highlanders, who all left with the afternoon train, apparently none the worst either in person or in spirits after their mishaps, although the two ‘gallant defenders of their country’ experienced a second wreck, owing to their conveyance – a fleshers cart- coming to grief at the famous Buckie house corner. The crew of the Heron as soon as the decks were cleared made a vigorous effort to float the ship with the evening tide by shifting the cargo to the stern and also by running out anchors, this was happily accomplished, and by midnight the magnificent steamer was once more breasting the Forth as proudly as ever. She is nearly 220ft long, 600 tons and Clyde built and about 14 years old, is one of the finest steamers on the coast and worth probably over £25, 000.


Robert Christie, carter, Cellardyke, plead guilty to having committed an assault on Alexander Carmichael, also a carter, Cellardyke, during some contention about ‘turns’ on the pier. He plead guilty and was sentenced to a fine of 7s 6d.


An aged spinster residing at Shorehead Cellardyke – Lucy Moncrieff- was found dead by neighbours on Tuesday morning, Living alone, she seems to have risen to begin her duties of the day, but the vital spark had fled almost with the kindling of the fire which burnt brightly on the hearth, while the hand that lit it lay cold and stiff in the grasp of death.

Another Cellardyke fisherman has been drowned, being the fifth since the opening of the present year. The unfortunate mariner was Thomas Watson, son of Thomas Watson (Martin) was washed overboard. He was one of the crew of the Garland, Adam Watson Master. Another of the crew David Watson was washed overboard, but after being fully half an hour in the water he was rescued. While a third member of the crew John Stewart, had his leg broken. Watson leaves a widow and one child.


Norwich Fisheries Exhibition

The telegram announcing that the Jurors after three days deliberation, had awarded the premium of £50 for the best steam fisher to Anstruther Boatbuilder Wm Jarvis, was received with no little satisfaction by his neighbours. Mr Alexander Cunningham (Cellardyke) was awarded a silver medal for a miniature of the handsome boat he is now building for St Andrews owners at Cellardyke shore. It is likewise fitted up with a working model of an engine, and is otherwise complete in all the appurtenances and fittings of a deep-sea fisher. Councillor Millar, (who had until recently been building in Cellardyke), West Anstruther, exhibited a steam fishing smack model, and Alex Thomson a Fifeshire Herring boat (Alex was Millar’s foreman, who later built yawls in Cunningham and Millar’s old yard in Cellardyke) Messrs Martin Cellardyke, obtained a diploma for their fisher apparel and Sharpe and Murray secured a bronze medal for their oilskins and another for their cured herrings.


James Wallace Fisherman was charged at the instance of Kilrenny school board with grossly and without reasonable excuse failing to educate his son john, who is between 11 and 12 years of age. He pleaded not guilty but Mr John Barbour, teacher, Cellardyke, deponed the lad only attended 154 of possible 314 attendances. For his defence he said he did everything in his power to coerce the boy to attend school, but Mr Murray said that this did not relieve him of his responsibility, Wallace was found guilty and fined 5s, David Brown another fisherman was charged with a similar offence in the case of his daughter Euphemia, also of 11 years. Her attendance, according t the teacher was still more irregular, but the panel pleaded that the girl had been required at home like others of his circumstances to wait on her mother during confinement, and also that she had been suffering from a sore throat, although in his own words ‘it is poverty that has brought me here, in so far that for a time, the girl had been kept from school because of the want of clothes and shoes. No man’ he said ‘ was more anxious to have his children educated; but times had been so bad with him and his that he had been thankful to see his children with bread, not to speak of schooling’ Provost Watson defended the course taken by the school board, when the panel was likewise convicted and fined in the sum of 5s.

The Cellardyke Echo – 27/4/2016


Post Office accommodation – with the introduction of the national and judicious system of penny postage, greater facilities for the postage and delivery of letters have been adapted for the convenience of the masses in general. Under these circumstances we have often been surprised how Cellardyke containing upwards of 2000 of a population, should have been so long debarred from enjoying the benefit of having a ‘special letter delivery or receiving box’ for the accommodation of the inhabitants.  A short time since, through the exertions of Mr Fowler, our chief manager, the unceasing benefactor of this place, and other influential merchants in the town, a petition was transmitted to the post office authorities, calling their attention to our want of postal arrangements.  The petition was confided to the care of Mr Ellice. MP and the proper authorities having taken a view of it, we are happy to have now to record that a ‘sub post office’ was opened a few days ago, in the house of our respected townsman Thomas Brown….


On Tuesday last four boats belonging to Cellardyke delivered at the quay at Eyemouth from 3000-4000 haddocks each and a large quantity of cod. The total gross of fish delivered from these four boats was nearly 16000 fish.


On the occasion of Captain Robertson the inspector of the lifeboats in connection with the national Lifeboat Institution, being in the district in discharge of his official duties, he had an interview with a number of the Cellardyke fisherman in reference to their proposal to station a lifeboat or coble at Anstruther harbour. In the course of his conversation, he expressed himself as highly favourable to the undertaking, and in order that a boat of the best description for the locality might be obtained, he advised them to delay immediate action, and to deposit the money they had already subscribed into the bank until such time as he had an opportunity of representing and urging their claims upon the Institution.


Wanted – a good second hand SEWING MACHINE, state makers name and lowest cash price. Apply to John Martin, Waterproof clothing manufactory, Cellardyke


The other day as the Cellardyke deep sea going boat, belonging to Mr John Gardiner, was out at the great line fishing, upwards of thirty miles in the offing of Aberdeen, the crew found a large shark entangled amongst the lines, which with much difficulty they hoisted on board, for the purpose of extracting the liver. One of the fishermen by curiosity, opened the shark’s stomach, in which was discovered a fine salmon of about 12 pounds in weight, which could not have been in the shark more than an hour. With the exception of a blemish or two in the middle of the body and tail, as if it had been caught there by the teeth, the salmon was unscathed. On arriving at Anstruther the fishermen divided their prize amongst them, and on it being cooked it proved delicious and savoury.


On Thursday the steam lighter Hemaja, employed at the Union harbour Works, returned from a trip to North Queensferry bluestone quarries, when the crew reported that Robert Anderson, a seaman belonging to Cellardyke, who had charge of the lighter had not been seen since Monday night. According to their statement, the vessel, which sailed from this place early in the morning, had gone into Granton that some repairs might be done on the steam pipe, which having been completed, and the steamer ready to continue the voyage up the Firth, Anderson who is said to have £6 in his possession went on shore to clear the vessel at the dues office. He was last seen about 7.30 in the evening, and not returning after the short time that was required for the errand, his two companions gradually became alarmed, and made enquiries for his safety. As the time wore on these enquiries became more and more anxious, and a search was made on shore, and the harbour near where the steamer was lying was also dragged, but all to no purpose, as no trace whatever could be found of the missing man. Seeing there was no hope of finding him, the steamer sailed from Granton on Wednesday morning, and arrived here as we have said with her cargo, on Thursday about noon. When the circumstance, as was to be expected, caused the greatest uneasiness, amongst Andersons friends.

The Cellardyke Echo – 20/4/2016


During the stormy weather which raged in the North Sea on Saturday Morning, George Jack, Fisherman, a member of the crew of the Steam Drifter Breadwinner, fell overboard and was lost.

The occurrence was reported by the skipper on the arrival of the vessel at Anstruther on Saturday. The Breadwinner left North Shields for home on Friday Evening, and when approaching St Abbs head, about 12.30 am, very stormy weather was encountered. A heavy sea caught the vessel, and Jack, who was on deck, clutched a lifebuoy to save himself. Unfortunately the lifebuoy came away in his hand, and in the next plunge the drifter made Jack was thrown into the raging seas.

Endeavours by the skipper to locate the man was impossible owing to the darkness, and after cruising about the vicinity for a time the vessel was headed for home and arrived at Anstruther about 5 am.

Deceased, who was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs W. Jack (Doig), Burnside place, was 36 years of age and leaves a widow and three young children to mourn his loss.

Retiral on account of Ill health.

Member of the town council for 25 years and Provost of the Burgh for 22 years is the unique record of Provost Black, Cellardyke, who in a letter to Kilrenny Town council last night intimated his decision to retire from public service owing to ill health. For 15 years he was Chairman of Kilrenny School board and had been a member of the Parochial board. For thirty years he had been a member of Anstruther Harbour Commissioners. Truly a remarkable record of public service.


Useful, a motor fishing boat of Cellardyke sprang a leak and foundered off the May Island, the crew are safe.


The standard of work in arts and crafts has considerably advanced during the past few years was demonstrated at the exhibition of the East of Fife Arts and Crafts Committee which opened in the Erskine hall in Anstruther yesterday. The Exhibition was opened by Lady Victoria Wemyss.

In the class for crochet Mr Jas Parker, postman Union place, ran Mrs A.D. Mitchell, Lenakel, Cellardyke for first place.

Colinsburgh and rail took the honours for Lace exhibits, but Cellardyke carried everything worth having in the section for rugs made of old wool.

The oil paintings exhibited by Mr. James F Watson, fisherman, Cellardyke were much admired, especially the picture depicting boats in a swell, which brought him first prize. 1st prize for Shawls Mrs Moncrieff, Cellardyke. Jumpers, Miss E Anderson, Burnside Terrace.. models –  (amateur) 1. W.J. Grubb Cellardyke, 2. David Reid Joiner Anstruther. Toys – Miss L.M Elder Cellardyke, Brown Scone Miss Calder, Dunalican Cellardyke. Tablet, 2nd prize Miss Agnes Gourlay, 6 Dove Street.

Children’s Prizes

Toys 2nd place – Annie Laing Cellardyke, Black and White Drawing, Mary Murray class IIa Waid Academy.


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

The boat belongs to Pittenweem and Tarvit resides in Cellardyke.


Mr John Dick, Cellardyke is to be capped B.S.C.(science) at Glasgow University. He secured first class honours in mechanical engineering and first class honours in electrical engineering.


It is intended to form a branch of the National Party of Scotland in the Anstruther and Cellardyke area. A public meeting will be held with the view to forming a branch.


Provost Carstairs reported that the sanitary inspector had brought to his notice the fact that the back gardens of Fowler Street were flooded through the lack of drainage, the council remitted the question to the housing committee. Bailie Bett recommended that the sewer outfall at the foot of the Town Hall Wynd be extended by about 18 feet owning to the fact that the opening was covered by sand and gravel in its present condition. The council remitted the matter.


Public enquiry into Ring net fishing in the Firth of Forth

David Smith, of Cellardyke, skipper of the Violet Star, said, while the ring nets caught all sizes of herring, the drift net caught only mature herring. In his view it was not possible for drift and ring net fishing to be carried on together without causing damage. If it continued the result would be that the drift net fishing would be cleared out of the area. The Ring net boats only fished in fine weather, and the caused a glut on the market and prices came down.

Alexander Doig master of the motor boat Orion, stated that some of his anchor nets were damaged by ring netters in the bay at the East end of Cellardyke. He lost 18 nets and it would take £40 to replace them. There was no doubt, he said, that the damage was done by ring net fishermen who took off the buoys and allowed the nets to sink.

James Watson Skipper of the Gleanaway said he did not think it was possible to keep the drift and ring net boats separate within the proposed area.

David Wood, Cellardyke, Skipper of the Spanish castle, stated that if ring net fishing went on in the bye law area, it would finish the whole of the fishing in a few years’ time. Herring shoals would break up, and the winter herring fishing would be finished.


There were 87 tables at a whist drive held by the employees of John Martin & Co, Cellardyke, in Anstruther town hall in aid of Dundee Royal Infirmary…… In proposing votes of thanks, Provost Carstairs said that up to the end of last year the sum of £430 had been donated towards various institutions, and this year £100 had already been raised by employees.


Cellardyke Church Choir held a concert on Cellardyke town Hall/ The Choir sand Choruses. Contributors were Mrs Blair, Mrs Hosie. Mr W Reekie (St Monans), Miss Isa Cormack, Mr J B Tranwith. Mr Tom Wood, Miss Elizabeth Murray. Mr D Jack and Miss Agnes Carstairs


Announcement of the death of an Anstruther Town Councillor, Mr James Ure Laing, he had been a member of the council since 1932 and gave valuable service as convenor of the fire brigade committee and was also group air raid warden for the burgh. Until recently he carried on a shoe maker’s business in James Street, and had previously had a similar business in School rd. he is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.


Mr Thomas Wood, 56 manor Ave, Aberdeen who has had several narrow escapes in the course of his seafaring career is now believed to have been lost at sea. On one occasion during the Great War his mother was notified he has lost his life. He was then serving in the RNR trawler section, and the ship on which he was supposed to be serving was lost with all hands. Mr Wood however had been given special leave before the ship sailed. He was on active service in the Navy for a time during the present war. A native of Cellardyke, he is survived by Mrs Wood and a family of 6.



At the Cottage Hospital St Andrews, Friday 17th April to Allison (nee Donaldson) wife of Staff Sergeant George R Gardner. 3 Roger Street Cellardyke – a son


A valedictory service was held last night by the congregation of Chalmers Memorial Church, in honour of Miss Euphemia Wilson, Cellardyke who is leaving this country to resume her work with the China Inland Mission, which was interrupted by the war.

Miss Wilson will be returning to the mission field where her uncle died and where she herself started 11 years ago. In spite of two wars – the civil war with the Communists and the struggle against japan. Miss Wilson carried on her mission work until she was forced to flee. Relief finally came 18 months ago, and she came home in furlough.


For sale

Van 8.hp, 3 wheeler for sale, as new registered Dec 31 1950. 1100 miles only. Macleod, baker, Cellardyke


Anstruther Town Council yesterday were faced with a tricky decision – the name to be placed on the notice board for motorists entering the town. Mr CC Henderson, burgh surveyor, said he favoured the coat of arms going on the board, but he wanted to know what name the council wanted on the board.

The official name of the burgh was ‘The United Royal Burgh of Kilrenny, Anstruther Easter and Anstruther Wester,’ that would require a bill boarding.

It was finally decided to have three boards- one indicating Kilrenny, a second with an arrow pointing to Cellardyke and a third with Anstruther.

‘Make the letters large enough to be read’ was Provost Mitchell’s final instruction.

The Cellardyke Echo – 13/4/2016


William Deas of no fixed occupation, Cellardyke, was brought before Sherriff Armour on a charge of having (1) on 24th March on the North Platform of Anstruther Station, assaulted George Oliphant Jnr, apprentice draper, Kilrenny and (2) at a shed situated in New Rd Street, Anstruther. Assaulted Geo Oliphant. Accused who was said to be weak of mind was unable to plead.  On accused’s father giving an undertaking that he would do his best to keep the lad from committing similar offences, the fiscal withdrew the charge against him.


The drowning of Robert Smith fisherman, Cellardyke in the North Sea, consequent on the Cornucopia, the boat on which he was employed, being run into and sunk by HMS Speedwell, formed the subject of an enquiry under the Fatal Accidents Act at Cupar yesterday. Sherriff Armour presided.

The crown evidence was supplied by the crew of the Cornucopia, (Captain) Alexander Watson, Robert Anderson, James Smith, Alexander Brunton and James Page, and the story they gave was that at ten minutes to four o clock on the morning of the 25th February last they were engaged un hauling in their nets about two miles off the North Carr Lightship when the Speedwell crashed into their port quarter. Smith and Anderson sprang at the Speedwell’s cable, and hung on there as long as they could, while the others leaped into the sea. Lines were thrown from the speedwell, but the efforts made to haul Smith and Anderson on board failed, and some time elapsed before a boat was launched and the survivors taken on board. The Cornucopia sank before the fishermen were got aboard, Smith’s body was never found. The Fishermen all stated that no officer was aboard the Speedwell at the time of the collision, and that the delay of the rescue was due to a small number of men – six- that were assisting them. The fishing boats had all their lights burning brightly.

Lieutenant Edward Alexander Thomas, said he was a lieutenant of the Sapho but was in command of the speedwell which was acting as a tender for the Sapho. He had left the Speedwell in charge of Lieutenant Henson and had gone down below during the night. He had done duty for a full spell before he went below. He did not undress when he went below so as to be ready for any emergency. At the time of the collision the ship was about ¾ a mile off the North Carr lightship. She was steering a safe course at the time. He was coming up the ladder when he felt the impact of the collision.

q. How many seamen were on watch at the time of the collision – ten men

When he went on deck the watch were throwing lines over to the men on the boat. The lifeboat had been called out. The boat could not be manned until the fishermen had been fixed to the lines. It took about 5 minutes for the lifeboat to be launched. Which was longer than usual as the watchmen were on the forecastle getting lines over to the fishermen. It would have taken too long to call other sleeping members of the crew. It takes 4 men to launch the boat and 6 to man her. As the other crew were turned in no advantage would have resulted in calling out the rest of the crew. The skipper and crew were put ashore at Leith.


Mr and Mrs James Cunningham, John St, celebrated their golden wedding this week. Mr Cunningham who has been an elder of Chalmers Church for 25 years and a Sunday school teacher for 60 years was presented with a purse of sovereigns from the church elders and managers. The aged couple still enjoy best of health and it is only recently that Mr Cunningham stopped going to the line fishing.


A distressing case of suicide occurred at Cellardyke yesterday. Elizabeth Thomson, 31 years of age, second daughter of Alexander Thomson, fisherman, James Street Cellardyke committing suicide by drowning herself.

It is believed that about 2 o clock in the morning the unfortunate woman rose from bed and left the house. Later in the morning her parents discovered her absence, and a search was begun, the result of which was that the body was found about two or three hundred yards from the beach in a stretch of water. The body was removed to the parent’s house and medical aid was soon forthcoming but life had been extinct for several hours.

 The affair is particularly pathetic in view of the fact that the deceased was to have been married on Friday first, and on Monday night was given a presentation by the members of the Christian Endeavour Society.  She had been in good spirits making arrangements for the wedding and no reason could be assigned for the act.


Capt A Wood J.P nautical assessor has issued his decision in a collision course off Yarmouth on 29th Oct 1912, between two Cellardyke Drifters, Carmi III and Guerdon, which were both insured by the same company. Both vessels claimed for a loss of fishing and the company offering £135 lie money, left the two skippers to settle who was at fault in the collision. The Skippers agreed to refer to Capt Wood who decreed the Guerdon was alone to blame for the collision.


Mr Malcolm M Macfarlane, Second Master in Cellardyke School has secured an appointment by the Church of Scotland as a teacher in Ichang China.

Mr Barbour headmaster, Cellardyke drew attention to the Kilrenny School board that he, having reached the age limit was to retire at the end of the session.


David Reid, 13 Dove Street tendered a plea of not guilty to a charge of failing to obey two notices served upon him under the Military service act.

His defence was about six months ago in Shore Street in Anstruther, he was told by a recruitment officer that he was of no use to the army as they wanted men with perfect eyesight. He wore glasses and his sight was bad. He got the notices but did not consider it worthwhile going to Kirkcaldy just to be sent back again.

Capt. Walker, said that although accused may not be of much use for fighting with a rifle in the trenches there were labouring corps in which he could serve. The trial was fixed for Thursday next with the accused being committed to the prison of Dundee.

Eight skippers from Pittenweem, Cellardyke and St Monans admitted today having fished with lines in the prohibited area of the Firth of Forth. Mr Davidson stated that the skippers had set their herring nets within the hal mile limit and had gone into the prohibited water for the purpose of fishing for a few white fish for themselves. They had had a rather hard time of it over the winter…… George Wilson Buttars who had two previous convictions was fined 30s or twenty days imprisonment. Thomas Jack of the yawl Expert was dismissed, he had just returned home and knew nothing of the regulations..


David Birrell one of the best known of the fishing fraternity has passed away at the age of 93, for a long time he took an active part in public affairs, being a member of the parochial board and chairman of both Fisherman’s society and the hearse Society. He was also one of the first coxswains of the local lifeboat and on one occasion when a yawl was driven ashore at Cellardyke he was instrumental in saving 4 of the crew.


Shipbuilding Company for East Fife. The East Fife Shipbuilding Company Ltd (Private Company) capital £2000 in £1 shares, has been registered as a joint stock company. The Subscribers are Lawrence Bruce Boatbuilder Cellardyke, and Alexander Farrell tinsmith Cellardyke.

The Cellardyke Echo – 6/4/2016


5th April

According to the latest accounts five boats crews are still missing, sailing from Arbroath, Cellardyke, Pittenweem, Lossiemouth and Johnshaven, and the worst fears are entertained as to their fate. The Arbroath boat, The Ellen and Jane had a crew of six men, four married. The Cellardyke boat is the Snowdrop Skipper James Martin. She left Anstruther last Tuesday and has not been heard of since. There were seven men on board, five of whom were married and leave large families. The Pittenweem boat is the Sisters, her crew numbered seven. The Lossiemouth boat is the Invincible, the crew numbered eight hands four of whom were married. The Johnshaven boat is the Martha which was found abandoned and towed into Berwick, she had six hands altogether. It is a moderate computation to state that from 70 to 70 lives have been lost in this storm.


It is thought the Snowdrop might have been stripped of masts and sails and be drifting out to sea. . This opinion being generally entertained, Mr Mair, The Fishery Officer, telegraphed for a government cruiser to be sent in search of her and yesterday the cruiser left the Forth for this purpose. There are seven men aboard. Skipper Martin Married, 2 children, William Martin his brother unmarried, George McRuvie married no family. David Corstorphine, unmarried, Hugh MacDonald married no family, James jack married no family and David Murray, wife and 5 children. The Pittenweem boat Sisters, Skipper William Finlay is also missing and almost all hope has been given up for her crew of seven men.

6th April

 The Missing boat Snowdrop arrived at Anstruther yesterday, the crew had been in the vicinity of the English coast and had no experience of the storm.  

The East of Fife fishing boats encountered a severe thunderstorm on Thursday afternoon (The Boat Alexander of Ferryden was struck by lightning. The flash seems to have struck the ring on the top of the mast and running down hit Charles Coull and William Coull. The Injuries of the later were most serious. His clothes on the right hand side were entirely burned off him, his whole side and face were much discoloured. His sea boots had to be cut off and his stockings were found much singed. The whole crew was affected and in their confusion mistook the lights of Cellardyke houses for that of Anstruther harbour lights. As a result the boat ran ashore on the rocks to the west of Cellardyke Harbour, where she will become a total wreck.

(Charles Coull, had been conveyed to the House of John Morris the baker adjoining Cellardyke harbour, a Circular hole about the size of a penny on the shoulder of his oilskin showed where he had been struck, his shirt and underclothing burnt to a cinder.  He was in a delirious sleep all night and Dr Thomson was called., Charles died after severe suffering. On the 7th April. His corpse was conveyed to Ferryden by boat, and the whole of the Cellardyke fishermen, dressed in their blue clothes to the number of between 400 and 500 attended the mourning procession to Anstruther Harbour walking four abreast.  Charles Coull’s father expressed his thanks for the kindness which he had experienced on every hand in Cellardyke)

The Sophia also of Ferryden was struck by lightning in the same storm on the, one of the crew David West (Tarvit) who was standing near the steel tie, was thrown senseless to the deck. This boat also bore up on Anstruther which was safely reached about an hour after sunset. David was taken to the house of his father in law Skipper James Tarvit in Cellardyke and next morning was so far revived as only to complain of numbness, with a dull, stinging pain in his right arm.

The Reindeer of Cellardyke was also struck at sea, but providentially Skipper Muir and his crew escaped unhurt. St Monans boat John and Agnes arrived at Shields with the loss of four of her crew, washed overboard. One man Robert Cameron has survived the loss of his own boat the Grace Darling when it was run down by a German steamer only weeks before.


The well-known Skipper Thomas Birrell, left on Thursday en route on a new enterprise – viz, to develop the crab and lobster fishing of the Moray Firth. It is not the least interesting feature of the ‘spec’ that the veteran is, with the agency of the railway and the telegraph, to send his own catch from day to day to market


A Cellardyke fishing boat, Alaska, put into Elie today and reported the loss of one of the crew – Alexander Falconer. The boat was riding at the nets 40 miles east from the May Island, when a heavy gales suddenly arose and a big wave washed Falconer overboard, Falconer belonged Cellardyke and was 20 years of age. The other members of the crew were in such jeopardy that they were unable to render any assistance. There were grave doubts for a time as to whether all the boats would weather the storm.

Little hope is now entertained of the safety of the Cellardyke fishing boat Garland, and it is supposed that she must have foundered at sea in the gale of Tuesday 8th April. She Sailed from Anstruther on Monday Morning for the deep sea fishing and was last seen riding at the nets 55 miles east from the May Island on Tuesday night. No trace of her has been seen since and unless she returns today all hope will be abandoned.

Adam Watson, Skipper, 65 grown up family

James Salter, son in law, 34, married

John Brown son in law, 30, married

David Watson, 39, Married 4 of a family

Alexander Smith, 28, married two of a family

Robert Brown, 22, unmarried

Robert Watson, 16, unmarried


Steps are being taken to organise a steam fishing fleet in the East Of Fife, The initiative is by the right man in the right place as we may say of the energetic young salesman at Anstruther, William Bonthron.. The idea, is to begin with a pioneer vessel to coast £1800, subscribed for in so many shares at £10 each, a second and thirds or rather any number of vessels, will be added as the enterprise may succeed. Of this however, there cannot be a question, in view of the fact that the S S Petrel with her Cellardyke Crew has earned £700 in the stormiest four months of the year. The vessel is to be a model of her class, 75 feet in length and to steam at 9 knots per hour, so as to be able in fishing weather to scour the seas with net and line. She will land the big fish catch at Anstruther, but it is possible that she may take up her station at Aberdeen or Peterhead in the coming drave…. Statistics tell you that a third of the herrings landed on the Scottish Coast are over days fish, a circumstance not to be avoided in the vicissitudes of the weather – a calm day today and a gale tomorrow – but it is otherwise when you can steam to a pier as to be in time with the clock for the early trains….


The Cellardyke boat Glengarry ran ashore near Sunderland of Friday but was floated off with slight damage.


The reopening of Cellardyke School is to be an event of some importance. Dr Dunn, Her Majesties School inspector is to declare the School open tomorrow. It was on his recommendation that the extension was begun, and this has been dine according to plans by Messrs Dewar Architects Leven. The entire school has been remodelled and accommodation doubled. The roof was formerly an array of pinnacles has been taken off and a more substantial air imparted to the erection by the addition of another storey, and a wing in the west gable, the roof being surmounted with 5 exhaust ventilators, while three gables form the main feature. The difference in colour between the old and new stonework has been met by the redressing of the former. The interior is splendidly finished. The accommodation on the ground floor is one large classroom 39ft x 33ft for infants, holding 160 pupils; another 33ft x 20ft holding 66; and other two 26ft x 21ft, for infants holding 60 each. At the back will be two large cloakrooms 17ft x 16ft and the entrance to the staircase to the upper floor. On the first floor there will be five large classrooms for an average of 60 pupils, it also contains two large cloakrooms and a staircase at the back., The playground has been enclosed with a wall and railing.


Methil – On Saturday night Alexander Wood Melville (24) a miner, fell off the gangway from the deck of the S.S. Amaranth, struck the quay wall and fell in to the dock. He never rose again, and about half an hour elapsed ere the body was recovered by grappling irons. He had made the acquaintance of the crew of a steamer lying the other side of the Amaranth and was accompanying them when the party found the vessel had swung into the middle of the dock. He invited them home and they were returning when the accident happened. Melville was a native of Cellardyke and leaves a widow and two of a family.


We understand that Mr Stephen Williamson has just purchased the Grimsby trawler Monarch; and that Mr Michael Doig, late of Cellardyke is to be Skipper. He is to be succeeded in the office of skipper of the Faith by his brother James who has been along with him in the faith for some time.

The Cellardyke Echo – 1/4/2016


Skipper Alex Davidson, of Cellardyke and his young companion, the son of Skipper William Watson Jack, had a narrow escape on Thursday, for while scudding past the romantic cliffs of St Abbs a violent squall struck the sail and nest instant threw the yawl on her beam ends filling her at the same terrible juncture gunwale deep with water. Providentially a friendly boat was soon alongside, and the gear and nest were saved, but the yawl named ‘Nil Desperandum’ was totally lost. William Davidson was landed at Burnmouth, where he purchased another yawl, and has once more sailed to resume the fishing at the Tyne.


About dusk on Sabbath the German galiot Anna was stranded on the rocks near Anstruther Harbour, when the vessel became a total wreck, but the crew were rescued by the gallant services of the lifeboat. The unlucky craft was on a voyage to Burntisland for the loading of coals, and, wafted before the freshening sea breeze all went well till the master, Captain William Rinck, mistaking, as he says, the Isle of May for that of Inchkeith, and the red light of Anstruther for that of his port of destination, steered his schooner stern on to the shore. The wild misapprehension was seen all but too late, for though the anchor was dropped, the surf rolling in from the North Sea drove the schooner on the dangerous ridge known as the West Gatt, where bewildered and frantic by finding their frail hulk at the mercy of the foaming breakers, they gave vent to their feelings in wild and heart rending cries for assistance. These, however, were not in vain, for in quick response to the signal gun at the lifeboat house, crowds of hardy fishermen left their firesides in Cellardyke, or betook themselves in their Sunday clothes, just as they were returning from church, to the scene of action, where a hundred willing hands lost not an instant in the dragging of the boat over the rugged basin of the new harbour. It was dead low water on the shore, but the long pull was effected without pause or rest, when a volunteer crew with Skipper John Pratt as Coxswain, having sprung to their places, the little craft shot out into the darkness and the storm on the errand of deliverance. It was a critical task, for on nearing the wreck the utmost skill was demanded for to preserve the boat from being dashed against the thickly set skerries and detached rocks on every side of the galiot, and on which the boat, notwithstanding every precaution more than once struck her keel. Eventually, however, a rope was thrown from the vessel, and the lifeboat being steered through an open chasm in the rocks, the four men composing of the crew dropped from the jib boom, when a few minutes sufficed to land them at the new sea pier on their way to a place of shelter for the night…. The disaster is only to be explained by the ignorance of the master of the navigation of the coast, and he is also reported to have mistaken the time of high water… she is well covered by insurance…. The sea wind and heavy surf during Tuesday reduced her to driftwood…


Alexander Keith, carter, Cellardyke pleaded guilty to assaulting James Jack on the 10th Instant on the public road between Anstruther and St Andrews by striking him a number of severe blows on his head with his fists.. 30s or 21 days imprisonment.


Fears are being entertained in Peterhead for the safety of the ‘Progress’, belonging to that port. It is now over three weeks since she left Cellardyke for the Baltic, and several vessels leaving after her have reached their destination.


At St Monance on the 27th, by the Rev Gabriel Smith of Anstruther, John Trainer Fishcurer to Isabella youngest daughter of the Late John Nicol, Merchant Cellardyke.


Just published.  Fisher Life, or the The Memorials of Cellardyke and the Fife Coast by George Gourlay


On Wednesday Morning as the Cellardyke boat Southern Cross, Alexander Fowler, master was running home from the great lines she was struck with a tremendous sea, while crossing the Murray Bank, some ten leagues or so from the Isle of May. Two of the crew Andrew Fleming, who was at the helm and Andrew Brown who was standing on the hatchway, were washed overboard and drowned. Thomas Keay was also severely crushed between the spars, which had been cast loose by the same fatal sea. Skipper fowler with great presence of mind cast loose the sheet on the boat, or one and all would doubtless have been engulfed in destruction. Fleming leaves a widow and five children, and Brown a widow and two children, all of whom are more or less helpless and dependant.

Another melancholy disaster occurred on board the Cellardyke boat Onyx, Robert Meldrum master. The onyx like the Southern Cross was homeward bound, and while close reefed in mid ocean she was struck by one of those treacherous billows only too well known in the navigation of the North Sea. At this instant one of the crew, Andrew Muir, was swept into the sea, and though for a time he sustained an unequal struggle with the storm, he perished before the boat could beat up his rescue. Another of the crew David Wood, was severely cut on the forehead, through a blow dealt by the heel of his lost comrade, while in the clutches of the sea, which threw him over the gunwale. Muir leaves a widow and five helpless children.



At sea on the 16th January in his 56th year on his passage home from Calcutta to Liverpool, Captain James Webster of the ship Mary Stenhouse, a native of Cellardyke. His body was consigned to a sailor’s grave. He served his time as a carpenter in Dundee before taking to shipboard.


The haddocks have been seldom so plentiful, in particular a Cellardyke yawl landed 50 dozen of the sea dainties the other morning, the lines having been cast with skellie to St Ironic, a haddock haunt famous in the fishing annals of Fife  for the last 3 centuries. Seven boats forming the Cellardyke squadron this season sailed on Friday.


About seven o clock this morning a collision between the Gleaner, No 1800 belonging to Cellardyke, and the yawl Flowery land of Arbroath, by which the former was so seriously damaged she sank. Skipper of the Gleaner, David Corstorphine left Cellardyke on Monday morning for the great line fishing and arrived about 33 miles east of the bell rock about 3 in the afternoon. About 12 o clock last night they got their lines hauled and when about 7 miles off the bell rock bearing west by south they were run into by the Flowery land, which struck her between the foremost timber and stem with such a force that the Gleaner filled and sank within minutes. The crew were taken aboard the Naomi of Arbroath. The skipper of the Gleaner states that although he saw the Flowery land he was unable to alter his course in time to avoid the collision. It appears that the crew of the Flowery Land did not notice the Gleaner until they struck her, and they asked why the Gleaner crew did not cry out and give them a warning. The Gleaner was lost with all tackle, lines etc and none of the crew was able to save anything. Neither the boat nor gear was insured and the loss will fall upon the captain whose property she was.. The crew are Skipper David Corstorphine, George Corstorphine, William Watson, George Doig, David Moncrieff, John Moncrieff and William Falconer.



Captain George Barclay at Liverpool native of Cellardyke, in his 75th year. His first cruise was as one of the 80 young fishers on the season on board the Greenland whalers. Resolving to be a sailor, he studied navigation with so much success that after once and again crossing the line as mate, he obtained a command of his own, but at the very moment that the highest honours of his profession were lying like an open door to his hand he was seized with an alarming ailment, which compelled him to forsake all and live ashore. He was invited by the late Provost Tod to superintend the fish business built up by the lifelong labours of Mr William Davidson. In this way he was induced to move from the East of Fife to Liverpool where in private as well as commercial circles he won the esteem and confidence of all whom he had to do with. He is survived by a widow and three sons, one of whom is a partner in the well-known firm of Lindop and Barclay.

The Cellardyke Echo – 23/3/2016


The haddock fishing at Cellardyke never was so abundant as at present; they are smoked there in large quantities by the fish curers, for the Edinburgh and Glasgow markets.



High Court of Justiciary – John Sutherland, skipper of the boat ‘Johns’ of Cellardyke, Fifeshire, was tried on a charge of culpable homicide, inasmuch as he went out to the Isle of May, in July last, in his boat with 65 persons on board, and from a swell the boat was driven among the rocks, and 13 persons were drowned. It appears from the evidence that the number of passengers was not greater than usual; that everything was done judiciously; that Sutherland had a good character. The crown gave up the case, and Sutherland was dismissed from the bar with his character untainted.


The members of the Anstruther and Cellardyke Total abstinence society have been accustomed for some time past to hold social meetings in the Town hall (Anstruther), when several members delivered lectures and read essays upon different subjects, and others enlivened the company with songs, and thus the evenings were spent in social and comfortable manner, everyone conducting himself with proper decorum. These meetings gave the members an opportunity of exercising their abilities, and at the same time tended to instruct and inform the illiterate. We learn with regret, therefore, that the magistrates have resolved not to give the Society the use of the hall in the future. It is hoped there can be little difference of opinion that the Magistrates have done very far wrong in discouraging the holding of these meetings, because it is a well-known fact that this society has reclaimed many men formerly the pests of society, and have thus lightened the labours of the magistrates in their judicial capacity. It is to be trusted that the Bailies will recall their decree.


Highland Destitution – On the afternoon of Thursday week several fishing boats arrived at Granton Pier, from the Fife fishing villages, on their way to the West Highlands, for the purpose of instructing the natives in deep sea fishing. There were three large boats with their crews, amounting to twenty four men, from Cellardyke, and two large and two small from St Monance. They were engaged by Captain Ross, of the Edinburgh committee, and are to proceed to Skye and Wester Ross. The men are fine hardy looking fellows, and their boats are in first rate order, and well supplied with fishing materials of all kinds. In each boat there was a smart attractive woman, for cooking, and baiting the lines, who are to initiate the highland women into the art. Early on Friday Morning, they all assembled at Granton Pier, and, after having been inspected by Mr Skene, the secretary, who addresses a few words of encouragement to the men, they departed in high spirits for their new field of enterprise.


Cellardyke – On Saturday afternoon as two of our crews were returning from the herring fishing, when within two miles from the shore between Anstruther and Cellardyke, they came in collision, and the consequence was, that one of them sunk almost immediately, leaving the crew just time to save themselves by leaping on board the other, which was also considerably injured. It was with difficulty that the two crews kept her afloat until they reached Cellardyke. The nets of the sunk boat were nearly all saved, having buoys upon them. The boat and other materials were lost. The crew of the sunk boat say they were in the act of tacking, and had not the command of their boat; in all probability the dispute will have to be settled by law. The name of the lost boat was Hamilton; the skipper’s name is smith. The name of the other skipper is Morris. The weather was very stormy when the accident occurred; wind blowing from the westward.


Stonehaven – Though fishermen lead a comparatively hazardous sort of life they are often rewarded for their hardihood in prosecuting their calling….. On Friday last week two south firth boats landed on our quays, something like 100 scores of cod, skate, turbot, ling &c value between £80 and £90 and the other day there came to our harbour a boat laden from the Coder Bank, but the price offered here not suiting the idea of the crew, they set sail with the same tide for Montrose.. Why don’t our fishermen use the bank? Why do they turn their large boats upside down for nine months of the year. The ground is as open and free to them as the Cellardyke fishers.


We learn after the divers have completed the raising of the cargo of the Temora, and effort will be made to recover the engines and boilers &c of the steam tug Robert Scott, which sank in the offing of Cellardyke about nine months ago.

Lieutenant Bainbridge of the coastguard had had an interview with Cellardyke Fishermen in reference to procuring a life preserving or Manby’s apparatus in this harbour, but that the Board of Trade, in answer to their application had intimated that, these apparatuses being supplied at Elie, Fife ness and St Andrews, they deemed the supply sufficient for the coast. The Lieutenant advised the fishermen to keep on board their boast a sufficient number of Life Buoys and cork jackets, as being most serviceable in cases of danger, and being of more use to them than Manby’s rockets, which in the case of fishing boats might turn out rather disadvantageous than otherwise to them. The fishermen appeared to concur in the recommendations made to them..


 A large Shark was landed at Anstruther Pier by the Cellardyke Deep-sea going boat belonging to Skipper John Pratt. It measured 14 feet long, and was singularly large for girth; after the liver, which filled a barrel and a half, had been extracted, the carcass weighed almost 11cwt. The fishermen had been drawing in their great lines on the previous night when the shark was found to have become entangled in the lines, which snapped with the sudden strain upon them.  This induced the crew to wait until daylight, when owing, probably to the fish becoming exhausted by its own struggles, they succeeded in drawing it to the surface of the water. Here the difficulty of taking it into the boat seemed to be insurmountable, but by passing a strong rope round its shoulders and using their capstan, the crew at length succeeded in hoisting it on board, where before it was killed it showed the deadly voracity of its kind by seizing the boat’s chains between it’s terrible teeth. On being landed here, it was bought by Mr Cormack, Cellardyke for £3.

The Cellardyke Echo – 16/3/2016


A serious accident occurred in West Anstruther on Monday night, when George Fergusson, butcher, Cellardyke sustained severe bruises. He had been at the goods station removing a cattle beast in a float to Cellardyke, and in attempting to jump on to the vehicle he missed his hold and slipped between the horse’s heels and the float. The axle of the float crushed him when he fell to the ground, but fortunately the horse was stopped in time.


The Royal Humane society yesterday awarded a bronze medal to William Wilson, fisherman, Cellardyke, for his heroic action on February 11th whereby four lives were saved. Shortly after midnight the fishing boat ‘Triumph’, in attempting to enter Anstruther harbour, was driven on the rocks by a heavy sea running. The only hope of rescue was for someone to swim ashore with a line, and this Wilson volunteered to try and do. Clad in thick clothing and wearing heavy sea boots, he took a line, and plunging into the boiling surf succeeded, after a hard struggle, in reaching land. His four comrades being got to shore in safety.


Charles Christopher Gen, Toft Terrace Cellardyke, at Cupar today was tried on a charge of contravening the Anstruther Harbour Order by failing to remove his boat, The Roamer of North Shields, in Anstruther harbour on the order of David Davidson Harbour master.

David Davidson stated that Gen refused to take up his berth in the middle of the harbour.

Mr Maxwell, Solicitor –Are you aware the fishermen understand a boat cannot be ordered out of the harbour for a month?

Davidson – I don’t think they have a month’s grace.

Sherriff Hannay- Did you give an order to remove from the harbour?

Davidson – I told him to remove this boat from the top of the pier to the centre of the harbour but not to go out of the harbour.

Maxwell – are you aware every order has to be put in writing under the Harbour act

Davidson – I don’t know that

Maxwell – after Gen’s boat left the berth he had at first taken up , the steamship Eva came in and took the berth occupied by the Roamer. The Eva had come in to get repairs for the deep sea fishing.

Did the Roamer not come in for repairs?

Davidson – No

Maxwell said the Roamer was a Shields boat and it was not fair to give other boats a preference

James Jack (Carstairs) one of the crew of the Roamer, stated that the harbour master had asked Gen to tie up at the Pottie Pier

Maxwell, did the harbourmaster tell Gen to lie up in the middle of the harbour.

Jack – The harbourmaster said I do not know where to put you unless at the Pottie Pier.

The Sherriff came to the conclusion that he had no alternative but to convict. There was no evidence to support the suggestion that had been made that the order was given out of motives of local bias. The question was, had accused got a reasonable order from the harbourmaster, and did he disobey that order? He had come to the conclusion that he did. His lordship dismissed the accused with an admonition.


James Hutt, Fisherman , Chapman Innes, St Monans  and Elizabeth Davidson Hutt, Markinch, registered owners of the steam drifter Lizzie Hutt ML 122, sued John Watson, fisherman Cellardyke the owner of the Steam drifter Pride of Fife for £430 for services rendered on Sept 4th at Eyemouth in a Westerly gale.

The Pride it was contended was in danger of being wrecked on the Hettle Scar rocks. The Harbourmaster of Eyemouth said that Mr Davidson was a very well pleased man when he got safely in the harbour. The value of the vessel was about £2200.

The debate on the evidence was set for 25th Inst.


Kilrenny Parish War memorial, which has been erected on a commanding site on the town’s green, Cellardyke, overlooking the firth of Forth was unveiled on Sunday by Lieutenant Col T D Murray DSO

Previous to the unveiling a memorial service was held in Cellardyke Parish Church when an address was given by Prof Arch Main, Rev J Mc Naughton and Rev James Lee also took part in the service.

At the ceremony a Hymn was sung by Cellardyke Schoolchildren…


Board of Trade exams


Skippers ticket – William Muir 28 James Street, David Parker 19 West Forth Street, David Tawse, 63 George Street, Alex Thomson 24 George Street and James Watson, 9 Burnside Tce,

Second Hand – James Barclay 8 Fowler Street, David Gourlay 9 Dove Street, John Stewart 16 James Street, David Christie 26 Rodger Street, Thomas Corstorphine 41 John Street, Alex Doig 12 west Forth Street, Alex Gardner 20 James Street, David Henderson 51 James Street, Alex McCruvie 20 James Street.


The Cellardyke steam drifter Cromorna KY 73 had the highest shot of 35 crans, prices were from 18s to 24 s 6d per cran.


In the absence of their husbands at the fishing, Cellardyke women, accompanied in most cases by younger members of their family, paid tribute by their presence yesterday at the funeral to the late Rev G S Anderson, minister of the parish of Kilrenny for the last 47 years.

The remains were interred at Kilrenny with full Masonic honours. About 30 brethren and companions of Lodge St Ayle (No 95) of which the deceased was past master and Dreel castle Royal Arch Chapter preceded the coffin, Six brethren and companions representing the lodge and Chapter carried the coffin to the graveside where the masonic service was performed by Bro C H Maxwell RWM assisted by companion R Sime MEZ an Bro Rev JR Lee Chaplain of the lodge. The depositing of a sprig of heather by the brethren completed a most impressive service.