St. Mungo’s Well, Glasgow Cathedral, Lanarkshire

The Northern Antiquarian

Holy Well:  OS Grid Reference – NS 6025 6558

Archaeology & History

St Mungos Well, Glasgow cathedral St Mungos Well, Glasgow cathedral

Not to be confused with the sacred well of the same name found along Gallowgate a short distance to the south, this ancient well can no longer be seen.  Folklore and history accounts tell its dedication to be very early – and the tale behind the erection of the cathedral is closely associated with the waters themselves.  Indeed, if the folklore is accepted, we find merely a transference of early animistic ideas about the death of an ancestor placed onto this early Saint, with a simple association in the formula of: tomb, holy site and architectural form.  It could almost be Bronze Age in nature!

The lengthiest (and best) description of the site was by Mr Brotchie in a lecture he gave on regional holy wells, in Glasgow, in April 1920, which was…

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