Category Archives: Holy Wells

When water first emerges from the Earth they’re known as ’springs’ of water; those with stone troughs or basins into which the water falls are ‘wells.’ I don’t see much difference misself! And if water was of any importance to our ancestors (anyone who thinks it wasn’t is probably a bit slow…), such a clinical definition is of little importance. Many water-sites possessed great healing or therapeutic properties, as evidenced by chemical analyses (mainly in Victorian times, when a bittova craze on these wells was in vogue), aswell as folk-tradition, plus vast numbers of subjective encounters. To ancient societies – indeed, to myself – water is our blood, or the blood of the Earth. Treating this liquid as little more than a ‘commodity’, aswell as polluting it, should be a criminal offence – simple as!

St. Peter’s Well, Houston, Renfrewshire

Holy Well:  OS Grid Reference — NS 40764 67503 Also Known as: Canmore ID 43125 Archaeology & History Located on the north side of the village, in a field east of Greenhill Farm, this old Well was once (still is?) covered … Continue reading

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Our Lady’s Well (2), Liberton, Edinburgh, Midlothian

Holy Well (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – NT 2763 6970 Also Known as: Canmore ID 51720 Christening Well Lady Well Archaeology & History Mentioned in passing by John Geddie (1926)—who was skeptical of any ‘holy’ associations here—this was one of two … Continue reading

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Tobair na h-oige, St. Kilda, Outer Hebrides

Sacred Well (lost):  OS Grid Reference – NA 100 000 Also Known as: Well of Eternal Youth Folklore An old story told in previous centuries by the indigenous folk of Hirta (St. Kilda) described a long-lost well that was thought to be an abode … Continue reading

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St. John’s Well, Isle of May, Fife

Holy Well:  OS Grid Reference – NT 65858 99107 Also Known as: Pump Well Archaeology & History This seems to be the only ‘St John’ dedication on the Isle of May: a small island littered with more saint’s names, seemingly, … Continue reading

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St. Andrew’s Well, Isle of May, Fife

Holy Well:  OS Grid Reference – NT 65375 99592 Archaeology & History In John Dickson’s (1899) fine work on the history and antiquities of the Forth islands, he describes a number of all-but-forgotten holy and medicinal wells that could be visited … Continue reading

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Mineral Well, Dollar, Clackmannanshire

Healing Well:  OS Grid Reference – NS 9855 9804 Also Known as: Dollar Chalybeate Spring Dollar Spa Vicar’s Bridge Spa Archaeology & History Somewhere hiding away above the north-side of the River Devon, just above the Vicar’s Bridge, a little-known healing … Continue reading

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Ing Well, Allerton, Bradford, West Yorkshire

Healing Well (destroyed): OS Grid Reference – SE 1174 3443 Archaeology & History This ‘Well of the Meadow”, or Ing Well, is one of countless springs in and around the Bradford metropolis that have been destroyed by that thing they call … Continue reading

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Cross Well, Musselburgh, East Lothian

Holy Well:  OS Grid Reference – NT 34629 72739 Archaeology & History Musselburgh has had an ancient fair—held upon St. James’ Day (July 25)—for many centuries.  It was held along the old High Street by a more ancient Market Cross … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Well, Musselburgh, East Lothian

Holy Well (destroyed):  OS Grid-Reference – NT 3452 7264 Archaeology & History First mentioned in the Scottish Statistical Account of 1845, its name originates from being attached to the vicarage of nearby St. Michael’s church.  Highlighted on the 1853 township … Continue reading

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St. Margaret’s Well, Edinburgh Castle, Midlothian

Holy Well:  OS Grid Reference – NT 25084 73618 Also Known as: Canmore ID 52080 Getting Here Along the more western end of Princes Street, looking up at the castle, wander into the park below and walk towards the railway line. There’s … Continue reading

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