St Magnus Well, Birsay (Orkney)

Grid reference

HY 256 274 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

325500 102740

Latitude

59.12731549654058

Longitude

-3.3017154817987775

Altitude (metres)

15

County

Orkney

Nearby places

Manswell (0.06 miles)

Birsay, former parish, Birsay & Harray (0.53 miles)

Christ Kirk, Birsay (0.53 miles)

St Peter's Chapel, Brough of Birsay (1.2 miles)

St Peter's Church, Sandwick (Orkney) (4.89 miles)

Object Classification

Water

Is linear feature?

No

Notes

A modern sign beside the well reads: "Mans Well. Water from this ancient well which never runs dry was, according to legend, used to wash the remains of Magnus Erlendson - Saint Magnus - prior to his canonization. He was murdered in Egilsay at Eastertime, circa 1116, and interred at Christchurch, Birsay, before being moved to Kirkwall c. 1137. "

Relationships with other parishes

Within Birsay & Harray

Within Birsay, former parish, Birsay & Harray (formerly)