Old Photograph Red Well Callander Scotland

Old photograph of the Red Well near in Callander, Trossachs, Scotland. The Red Well is a Chalybeate Spring which was renowned for its remedial properties. Chalybeate waters, also known as ferruginous waters, are mineral spring waters containing salts of iron. The word chalybeate is derived from the Latin word for steel, chalybs, which follows from the Greek word χάλυψ khálups. Khálups is the singular form of Khálubes or Chalybes, who were mythical people living on Mount Ida in north Asia Minor who had invented iron working. Ferruginous comes from the Latin word ferreus meaning " made of iron, " which is derived from the Latin word " ferrum " which means " iron. " Early in the 17th century, chalybeate water was said to have health-giving properties and many people have promoted its qualities.

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