Skeulan Well, Aboyne, Aboyne & Glentannar

Grid reference

NO 532 997 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

353200 799700







Nearby places

Skeulan Tree, Aboyne - Aboyne & Glentannar (0 miles)

Aboyne, former parish, Aboyne & Glentannar (0.61 miles)

Lady Wood, Aboyne & Glentanar (1.36 miles)

St Machar's Well, Aboyne & Glentanar (1.8 miles)

St Machar's Cross, Aboyne and Glentanar (1.8 miles)

Object Classification


Is linear feature?



Like Skeulan Tree, it is said to be dedicated to St Adomnan (a corruption of 'Eunan') (Mackinlay 1893, 43). While this may seem a rather severe mangling of the name, it is not completely implausible(Adomnán > Eunán, Eunán > Eulan, Sanct Eulan > Skeulan are not absolutely preposterous sound-changes), in addition to which we have the eighteenth-century testimony of Thomas Innes, whose Civil and Ecclesiastical History (1853) p. 301, says, ‘It will appear ... that I have insisted too long upon S. Adamnan; but ... the author of these memoirs, born in a parish anciently devoted to the memory of this holy man, and still preservaning a monument of him, well known to all the neighbourhood by the name of S. Eunan’s Well and S. Eunan’s Tree, thought it a duty to be at some more pains to illustrate his life and actions.’ NMRS records: 'Both tree and well were held in great veneration but the well was drained away by 1865, leaving no trace, and the tree, which had been a gigantic ash, said to be many centuries old, remained only as a badly decayed trunk.' Finally OS surveyors recorded no trace of the tree or the well in 1972.

Relationships with other parishes

Within Aboyne & Glentanar, parish

Within Aboyne, former parish, Aboyne & Glentannar (formerly)

Relationships with other places

Adjacent Skeulan Tree, Aboyne - Aboyne & Glentannar