MHG10118 - St. John the Baptist's Well, Helmsdale


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Type and Period (1)

  • HOLY WELL (Early Medieval to 19th Century - 561 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

St John the Baptist's Well: This is a well of good water said to have been dedicated to St John the Baptist. Name Book 1871.

St Ian is commemorated in a well near Helmsdale.
A MacKay 1914. <1>

A stone-built structure with door covers the well which is still preserved. An overflow from the well runs out on to a path. On the keystone over the doorway are inscribed the words: 'St Johns Well….Renovated by….V R….1837- 1897'.
Visited by OS (W D J) 23 May 1960.

ND01NW 16 0257 1563.
(ND 0256 1565) St John the Baptist's Well (NR)
OS 25" map, (1971)

No change. Visited by OS (J B) 24 June 1976.

Photos by D Maxwell 12/2003
Conservation report (estimates for repairs) 12/2003 <2>

Well covered by modern stone vault and iron gate. Very well maintained and in use. <3>

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Grid reference Centred ND 0256 1565 (2m by 2m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND01NW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish KILDONAN

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