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Mineralwell Park, St Kieran's Well

A Category C Listed Building in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.9727 / 56°58'21"N

Longitude: -2.2179 / 2°13'4"W

OS Eastings: 386849

OS Northings: 786850

OS Grid: NO868868

Mapcode National: GBR XK.22Z6

Mapcode Global: WH9RM.X00H

Entry Name: Mineralwell Park, St Kieran's Well

Listing Date: 23 March 2006

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 398247

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50263

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Stonehaven

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Stonehaven and Lower Deeside

Traditional County: Kincardineshire

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Description

Dated 1860, restored 1982. Rectangular-plan, pedimented structure enclosing mineral well sited beneath the Glenury Railway Viaduct. Pink and grey Peterhead granite. Base course, flat cope, triangular pediment and flanking fielded piers. E face with small circular basin below round-arched niche incorporating scallop shell; incised tablet in tympanum worded 'ST KIERAN'S WELL ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION AD 1860'. Small bronze plaque applied at right, worded 'RESTORED BY STONEHAVEN AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY COUNCIL MARCH 1982'.

Statement of Interest

This well is fed by water piped from an iron-rich chalybeate spring which issued from Fetteresso Glebe. Although the inscription states that the well was erected by public subscription, funds for both the well and nearby cottage (since demolished) were also provided by the railway company. The supply was restored in 1982 but has subsequently been severed. Erected on the site of the holy well of St Kieran (properly St Caron) patron saint of Fetteresso Parish, Eeks has this to say of the well 'By the side of the river is 'S Kiaran's Well,' a drinking fountain on the site of the old holy well of S Caran, the patron saint of the parish. By the way, S Kiaran, the patron of Cambeltown (sic) in Argyllshire and of S Keverne in Cornwall never had anything to do with Fetteresso'.

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