Healing Well: OS Grid Reference – NS 68613 65094
Archaeology & History
This old well—named after Queen Mary—was illustrated on the earliest Ordnance Survey map of the area in 1864. Local tradition tells us that the site gained its name when the great Mary Queen of Scots visited this old healing well, amidst a period when she stayed at Provan Hall one-and-a-half mile away. Both she and her horse stopped and drank here for refreshment.
When we visited the site yesterday, no trace of it whatsoever could be found. It seems that a huge pile of industrial crap has been piled on top of the well, then trees planted to give the impression that Nature has taken back the place. The well seems to have been completely destroyed (the photo here shows the spot where the well should be, just a few yards into the young trees). Due to this site being an…
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