Old Photograph Roman Well Burghead Scotland


Old photograph of the Roman Well in Burghead located eight miles North West of Elgin, Moray, Scotland. The well comprises a rectangular chamber about 16 feet square and 12 feet high, with rounded angles, cut out of rock at the base of a crag. When found, during the improvements which commenced in 1808, the chamber roof was broken and the entrance ill defined. When the well was cleared out a number of finds were made. A stone slab with a bull carved on it, a number of Spanish coins, a bell metal jug, and a square stone having a cross upon the centre the margin of which was covered with Celtic knotwork cut in bold relief. The Well was probably an Early Christian baptistry associated with the local cul of St. Ethan.



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