Legend of the Fisher Girls
As I understand it there were four of them. I never
met any one of them or even knew their first names but to this
day I think of them. The youngest of the Fisher girls was in the
same class at the
Waid Academy as was my sister
Minnie. Minnie was six years older than me. It was from Minnie that I learned their story
which may not be exactly as I relate
it but it's how I remember what Minnie told me.
About four miles from
Earlsferry and a quarter
of a mile seawards from the roadway
that passes Muircambus was an old
stone sheep herder's cottage. Alongside of the cottage flowed
the Balchristie Burn. In this
humble and isolated dwelling lived the sheep herder by the last
name of Fisher and his wife. The abode had no utility services
of any kind and water was carried in a pail from the burn to the
house. No oil, no gas, no coal, no electricity. Warmth for
the hose was by burning driftwood in an open fireplace.
This wood first had to be carried from the beach at
Largo Bay about a mile away. A
garden provided their supply of vegetables. Their meat supply
was rabbits that they caught by means of wire snares that they
the runways of the many rabbits in the long grasses nearby.
In due time four girls were born
to the Fishers, each about two or three years apart. Besides
each other these girls had no other playmates as none lived
To get from the cottage to the
road about a quarter of a mile away there was but a marshy grass
pathway and at least two dry stane
dykes that had to be climbed over.
In the girls early years they had to walk from the cottage to the roadway and then a mile or more
to the elementary school at Colinsburgh.
In their high school years they had to stand in the
weather at the side of the road
as they waited for the school bus to take them to
Academy at Anstruther. This might
have been all right in the summertime but in the days of winter
their comings and goings would have to have been in the dark and
I doubt that any one of them had a flashlight. To this add cold,
rain, wind, sleet and snow. When at home they had to do
their homework either by the glare of flickering candles or by the
light from oil lamps.
The record of each of the four
girls is that from the ages of five as first going to school at
Colinsburgh till the ages of
seventeen or eighteen when they graduated from the
Academy not one of the Fisher girls ever missed a day of school. They
each in their time achieved perfect attendance.
Not only that, in their graduating
years, which would have been in the 1930's at the Waid
Academy they each in
their time were honored as being the top student in the
school. This really says something as Waid Academy is a "no
Minnie also told me that in
addition to their academic excellence they each were role models
as to leadership and sports.
How's that for fortitude, tenacity, drive and ability?
I've no idea as to how these girls
lived out their lives but I'll bet as they made their way in
the world they were powerhouses and
forces to be reckoned with.
They certainly made an impression
I'd like to know----
rest of their stories.