MHG7112 - Craiguch Well


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Type and Period (1)

  • RAG WELL (Undated)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH65SE 9 6793 5318.

(NH 6794 5318) Craiguch Well (NAT) OS 6" map, (1959)

'Tobar Chragag' - well of the little rock - was a rag well which was still resorted to on the first Sunday of summer in 1885.
According to Fraser it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It may be associated with the possible chapel site (see NH56SE 10) nearby.
A Fraser 1878; A J Beaton 1885; 1885; W J Watson 1904. <1>-<4>

Craiguch Well is still resorted to as a rag well. It is a natural spring flowing into a shallow basin cut into the natural rock of the hillside. A stone dam on the S side of the wall has a small orifice through which the water escapes downhill.
Visited by OS (N K B) 17 March 1966.

Information from a participant in the Black Isles Heritage Memories project. Mentioned by the Brahan Seer (possibly a Clootie well); participants remembered walking to the well and tying cloots to the nearby vegetation, as children in the 1940s and 1950s. <5>

The site was visited by members of the North of Scotland Archaeological Society on the 9th of January 2014. At this time the well appeared to have fresh and a few fading cloots attached to the top of the well suggesting it was still in use and frequented. The site was quite dificult to get to as the stones surrounding the well were collapsing, particularly due to the weight of the roots of an adjacent tree. <6>

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Grid reference Centred NH 6792 5317 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH65SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish AVOCH

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