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Edinburgh, Holyrood Park, David's Well

Well (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, Holyrood Park, David's Well

Classification Well (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Queen's Park

Canmore ID 52509

Site Number NT27SE 48

NGR NT 2714 7370

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT27SE 48 2714 7370.

(NT 2714 7370) St David's Well (NR)

OS 1/1056 map, (1853)

David's Well (NR) (Site of)

OS 1/2500 map, (1931)

An old well, now drained. Traditionally King David drank at this well after his escape from the stag.

Name Book 1852.

The legend of the foundation of Holyrood Abbey appears in more than one form. The version in the mid-15th century Ordinale of the Abbey relates how, on 14th September 1128, King David and the Court went hunting. On halting on the N side of Salisbury Crag, he was attacked by a stag, which had been lying beside a spring. Though gored, he managed to grasp a cross which was fixed to the stag's antlers, whereupon the animal vanished towards the spring whence it had came. This spring was thereafter known as the Spring of the Cross (RCAHMS 1951), Rude Well (Bryce 1918). (See also NT27SE 35 - Holyrood Abbey)

W M Bryce 1918; RCAHMS 1951.

No trace of this well exists.

Visited by OS (S F S) 2 December 1975.

Noted: not located by EUCFA 1997.

NMRS, MS/726/96 (50, no. 31).


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