MHG2941 - St. Mary's Well, Culloden

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Type and Period (1)

  • RAG WELL (Medieval - 1058 AD to 1559 AD)

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St.Mary's Well (NR)
OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1906)

This well is called after a Chapel in the neighbourhood dedicated to St. Mary (NH74NW 7).
Name Book 1868.

"Tobar na Coille ". Well of the Wood, Lady or St. Mary's Well, now lately more generally designated "The Culloden Well", situated on a small elevated plat and is a natural spring encased in a stone basin 1 1/2 feet diameter and approx. 2 feet deep once with a cover under lock and key. A circular stone building encloses the well.
A few yards west of it, and connected to it by traces of a drain or pipe is a dry stone, circular cavity. People resorted there for cures and attached rags, threads, etc in repayment.
A Fraser 1878.

This well is generally as described above. It is 0.6m diameter and c.1.0m deep, and is now enclosed by a circular wall 2.0m high with an entrance on the east side The well and its enclosing wall are in a good state of repair and its popularity is seen by the hundreds of small pieces of rag attached to the surrounding trees. The circular basin described by Fraser (1878), a few yards to the west is now in a relatively poor condition.
Visited by OS (W D J) 24 April 1962.

Other sites include 1) The Black Well, 2) The Fountain Head Well, 3)The Bishops Well, 4) The Mouseleum of the York Family. 5) Two acres of graves near fountain road.
No details of their exact location were given and will have to be investigated further.

J Aitken : 24/01/01.


Name Book (County), Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 31, 84 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG3363.


Fraser, A, 1878, Northern Folklore on Wells and Water, with an account of some interesting wells in the neighbourhood of Inverness and the north, 23 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2223.


Morris and Morris, R and F, 1982, Scottish healing wells: healing, holy, wishing and fairy wells of the mainland of Scotland, 112 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2534.


Willis, D, 1995, 'The cult of the clootie well', The Scots Magazine Vol. 142 May 1995, p.527-30, 527-9; colour photograph (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1643.

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Location

Grid reference Centred NH 7235 4523 (13m by 13m)
Map sheet NH74NW
Civil Parish INVERNESS AND BONA
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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