Sancta Crux Well, Dunkeld & Dowally

Grid reference

NO 049 487 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

304900 748700

Latitude

56.62061402693452

Longitude

-3.5499760330492016

Altitude (metres)

275

County

Perthshire

Nearby places

St Colme's Loch, Dunkeld & Dowally (2.03 miles)

St Anne's Well, Dowally, Dunkeld & Dowally (3 miles)

St Anne's Church, Dowally, Dunkeld & Dowally (3.01 miles)

Dowally, former parish, Dunkeld & Dowally (3.01 miles)

St Muireach's Well, Dunkeld & Dowally (3.04 miles)

Object Classification

Water

Is linear feature?

No

Notes

NMRS records: A "mystic well" in natural rock used for medicinal purposes; some remains of a wall around it are recorded in 1971. "Santa Crux Well south east of Loch Ordie locally known as Grew’s Well or in Gaelic Tobar Craoibh was wont to be resorted to as a healing well. [For] forty years the older people believed firmly in its efficacy for cursing whooping cough, and children suffering from that complaint were not infrequently taken thither in quest of curse P.M.P[ullar] among others. There are ruins of a chapel by the well. The hill rising above the well to the west is called Deuchary. Two or three miles or more to the north and north east of Loch Ordie is the Chapel Hill once wooded but now here. From the summit of Deuchary which is wooded the town of Perth may be seen" (Robertson 2019). Note that 'tobar craoibh' means 'tree well'. Perhaps in addition to the well and the chapel here there was a significant tree, one draped with offerings etc.

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Relationships with other parishes

Within Dunkeld & Dowally