Cockplay Well, Auchinloch, Lanarkshire

The Northern Antiquarian

Healing Well:  OS Grid Reference – NS 6438 6962

Archaeology & History

The name of this site alone insisted that I bring it to people’s attention!  If it was a healing well relating to its name, I wonder what it was used for!  It’s described just once in the New Statistical Account (1845) for Lanarkshire, where Pete Brown said briefly:

“On the south side of the road from Auchinloch to Glasgow, there is still the Cockplay Well, over which many proprietors and feuars have a servitude.”

Two roads came out of the village at the time of the NSA notes: one to the immediate west and the other to the south.  None of the maps cite the place-name ‘Cockplay’, but two ‘wells’ occur on the outgoing western road. One is in the village itself, behind some cottages; this is not likely to be the site in question, as the description would surely have stated that…

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