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St. Patrick’s Well, Portpatrick, Wigtownshire

Holy Well (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – NX 0010 5412 Also Known as: Canmore ID 60610 Archaeology & History This long-lost  holy well was located on the southeast side of the town.  It was highlighted on the first OS-map in 1849, but … Continue reading

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Robin Hood’s Well, Higham, Lancashire

Sacred Well: OS Grid Reference – SD 81755 35151 Archaeology & History On the north-side of the River Calder, a short distance above the riverbank below Pendle Hall—as shown on the earliest OS-map of the area, but without a name—the local … 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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Willie Bold’s Well, Galashiels, Selkirkshire

Healing Well (destroyed): OS Grid Reference – NT 49384 35696 Archaeology & History An all-but-forgotten well that was said to be named after a local forester and ranger in the 18th century—called Willie Bold, obviously.  It was located a few … Continue reading

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Holy Well, Cambusbarron, Stirlingshire

Holy Well (destroyed?): OS Grid Reference – NS 7787 9252? Archaeology & History A small but ancient chapel once existed in Cambusbarron, long ago, located about one hundred yards east of the Chapel or Christ’s Well.  William Drysdale (1904) told that, … Continue reading

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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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