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St Mary's Well

Holy Well (Period Unassigned)

Site Name St Mary's Well

Classification Holy Well (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 14713

Site Number NH78SE 4

NGR NH 7767 8306

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Tain
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NH78SE 4 7767 8306.

(NH 7767 8306) St. Mary's Well (NR)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1981)

About half a mile north of Tain, by the sea shore, and well under high water mark, is a spring dedicated to the Virgin. Its waters were a remedy for consumption, but they had to be drunk on the spot, and as early in the morning as the state of the tide allowed.

D MacDonald, A Polson and J Brown 1931.

A fresh water spring situated between the high and low water marks. A modern boundary stone and two fallen stone blocks marks the spring (Information from Mr E R Stone, Blarleath, Tain) Owing to the state of the tide no appreciable flow was noticed.

Visited by OS (W D J) 18 May 1963.

A site visit was attempted, but access proved dificult.

J Wordsworth, SSSIs, Scottish Natural Heritage, 1993.


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