St Triduana's Well

(St. Triduana's Aisle; St Triduana's Chapel)

St Triduana's Well, Restalrig
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St Triduana's Well, Restalrig

Located in the Restalig district of Edinburgh, St. Triduana's Well comprises a low hexagonal building lying next to St Margaret's Parish Church. Built for King James III (1452-88) around 1477, by the Logan family, it comprised two storeys; a lower rib-vaulted well-house and an upper chapel which no longer exists. Water from the well-house was used to treat diseases of the eye, following St. Triduana's ability to heal the blind. The lower floor was later used as a burial vault for the Logans, who possessed the Barony of Restalrig. The well-house, which had become entirely buried, was exposed and subjected to a major restoration in 1906. It was only when it continually flooded that it was realised that this was indeed St. Triduana's Well rather than a family chapel. The restoration work was undertaken by Thomas Ross under the direction of James Francis Stuart, the 16th Earl of Moray (1842 - 1909). It included the installation of the current roof together with the replacement of buttresses, such that there is now little mediaeval stonework.

St. Triduana's Well is now maintained by Historic Environment Scotland.

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