MHG53549 - Devil's Well, Eskadale

Summary

A well/fountainhead depicted on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map and reputedly haunted.

Type and Period (4)

  • FOUNTAIN (Constructed, 16th Century to 19th Century - 1560 AD? to 1871 AD (at some time))
  • WELL (Constructed, 16th Century to 19th Century - 1560 AD? to 1871 AD (at some time))
  • WELL HEAD (Constructed, 16th Century to 19th Century - 1560 AD? to 1871 AD (at some time))
  • HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A website user reported this well which was not recorded on the HER. It is depicted on the 1st edition and later Ordnance Survey maps as a fountainhead. An article in the Inverness Courier claimed that the well got its name because "the ghost of a young man haunts the stone dias around it. The young man was the victim of a murder committed there many years ago". An alternative explanation is that it is called the Devil's Well because it never has any water in it. <1><2>


<1> Selkirk, S, 05/2010, Email correspondence between Shona Selkirk and Sylvina Tilbury, HER Officer (Text/Correspondence). SHG24771.


<2> Ordnance Survey, 1871-4, Ordnance Survey 1st edition 25 inch map: Inverness (Image/Map). SHG23389.

Sources/Archives (2)

Map

No mapped location recorded.

Location

Grid reference Not recorded
Map sheet Not recorded
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Investigations/Events (0)

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