MHG14095 - St. Columba's Well - Invermoriston


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Type and Period (1)

  • HOLY WELL (Pictish to 19th Century - 300 AD to 1900 AD)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

NH41NW 3 421 167.

(NH 4221 1662) Clachan an Inbhir {NAT.} (NH 4203 1673) St. Columba's Well {NR}
OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1904)

Clachan an inbhir is a burial place, said to be associated with St. Columba's Well. At St. Columba's Well is an uninscribed stone slab set up when the well was cleaned out some years previous to 1871.
Name Book 1871

Legend says St. Columba caused this stone to be erected after blessing the well on his way to visit King Brude.
J Ross 1882

Columba probably founded the old church at Invermoriston, which was known as Clachan Cholumchille, or Columba' s Church. In the immediate vicinity of its site is Columba's Well - Fuara Cholumchille - a holy fountain noted for many centuries for its remarkable curative properties.
W Mackay 1914

The traditional site of St. Columba's Church was pointed out by Mr. Macdonald (Mr W Macdonald, The Smithy, Invermoriston) at NH 4203 1665, but there is nothing to be seen in the ground. St Columba's Well is marked by an inscribed stone.
No trace of the uninscribed stone slab mentioned by the O.N.B. could be found.
Clachan an Inbhir is still in use.
Visited by OS (R D) 11 May 1964

A well, believed to have been located here since the early Pictish period.
Information from RCAMS (HDS) 10th October 2012

See Link below to HES Canmore record (NH41NW 28) for photographs of the site of the well.

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Grid reference Centred NH 4202 1674 (10m by 10m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH41NW
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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