Old Photograph MacKirdy Fountain Lesmahagow Scotland

Old photograph of the MacKirdy fountain in Lesmahagow near Lanark, Scotland. In 1873 water from a spring in Greenburn hill was directed to the village using a ditch. An agreement to provide the village with a proper water supply was reached years later with John MacKirdy who promised a generous donation to create what would become known as the MacKirdy tank. As part of the agreement, Birkwood House, the MacKirdy home, would benefit from the water supply, and a drinking fountain would be erected in the village. The name Lesmahagow is possibly a corruption of Church of St Machutus. The saint was born in Wales and may originally have been known as Mahagw prior to emigrating to Brittany where he became known by the Latinised form of the name and also as St Malo.

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