Holy Wells: Scotland
Author and photographer Phil Cope, takes his camera on a journey through the sacred wells of Scotland from the Borders to the Orkney Islands. On his way he discovers wells in city centres and, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere – on mountainsides, in deserted valleys, on the coast, in sea caves. They include healing wells, cursing wells, and wells named for saints, Satan, witches, angels, fairies, friars, nuns, hermits, murderers and hangmen, even a well of the dead. His luscious and atmospheric photographs are accompanied by folk tales, myths and legends, conversations with well-keepers and poems inspired by Scottish wells.
Scotland has an abundance of wells both in the natural state and domesticated for private or civic use. Here are wells in the middle of Glasgow, and on desolate mountains; they may be attached to Christian churches or places of pilgrimage for pagans; sites of historic interest importance to Scottish identity or hidden and neglected in town and countryside. This is the first book on Scottish wells for more than thirty years, and the first to be so lavishly illustrated.
Holy Wells: Scotland is a further title in the Holy Wells series, and is preceded by volumes on Wales, Cornwall and Borderlands.