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St. Michael’s Well, Edinburgh, Midlothian

Holy Well (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – NT 2618 7353 Also Known as: Canmore ID 75958 Silver Well Archaeology & History This ‘holy well of the dragon-slayer’ could once be found close to where old Cowgate meets St Mary’s Street.  Highlighted … Continue reading

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Ancient & Holy Wells of Edinburgh

Ancient & Holy Wells of Edinburgh by Paul Bennett Northern Antiquarian: Alva 2017.  Kindle edition – 123 pages.  Price – £3.99 This is the first detailed guide ever written on the holy wells and healing springs in and around the … 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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Dalry, Edinburgh, Midlothian

Standing Stone (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – NT 2421 7317 Archaeology & History Not far from Edinburgh city centre, heading out towards Haymarket just off Morrison Street where the large car-park is, once stood a possible prehistoric standing stone. Not … 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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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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Mineral Well, Portobello, Edinburgh, Midlothian

Healing Well (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – NT 314 735 Archaeology & History This was one of two medicinal springs that could once be found in old Portobello village. Like its companion Chalybeate Well nearly a mile northwest, in the early 19th century … Continue reading

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Spa Well, Davidson’s Mains, Edinburgh, Midlothian

Healing Well:  OS Grid Reference – NT 2049 7524 Also Known as: Spaw Well Well of Spaw Getting Here From the west end of Prince Street in Edinburgh central, take the (A90) Queensferry Road.  Go along here for 2.2 miles (3.5km) where … Continue reading

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Bowfoot Well, Edinburgh, Midlothian

Healing Well:  OS Grid Reference – NT 25500 73417 Also Known as: Canmore ID 52178 West Bow Well Getting Here Once you’re in Edinburgh, there are so many ways to get here (and it’s easy to get lost with city directions, depending … Continue reading

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