Simon Figgle's Well, Rathven

Grid reference

NJ 461 679 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

346100 867900





Nearby places

Rathven, parish (1.72 miles)

St Peter's Church, Rathven (1.81 miles)

St Charity's Chapel, Rathven (2.48 miles)

Marywell Lodge, Rathven (2.51 miles)

Marywell Cottage, Cullen (2.51 miles)

Object Classification


Is linear feature?



This is a spring of fresh water which is covered by the sea at high tide. It is shown as Simon Figgle's Well on OS 6 inch 1st edn, before the construction of West Pier of the modern harbour. That pier is built on the edge of the rocky outcrop which abuts the sandy cove of the harbour, and the well appears on the edge of that rocky outcrop. It is now, therefore, just inside the pier. The seventeenth-century form of the name shows that it is a hagiotoponym which subsequent users misunderstood. The context in which it appears is a boundary-description, as given by Mason and Liley thus: '…from the bored stone aschendand to ane reid stone. And fra the said reid stone to ane wther march stone vpone the vest syde of the slack of Attray, and fra that said stone to ane wther March stone vpon the hight of the vest end of the hill called the Ship hill of Cullen descendand to ane wther march stone in the face of the brae vpon the vest syde of Breadhyth. And from thence to Sanct Maquhiggins Well vpon the north-vest of the said Breadhyth. And from thence to Cruiked Hyth...'

Relationships with other parishes

Within Rathven, parish