Lady’s Well

Lady’s Well ANR W NT660987 1

Lady’s Well 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn 28 [at NT659988, now Pilgrims Well]
Lady’s Well 1896 OS 6 inch Fifeshire XXI NE [at NT660987]
Lady’s Well 1958 OS 6 inch [at NT660987]

For the eponymous lady, see discussion under Maiden Hair ANR and Pilgrims Well ANR, below; see also Eggeling 1985, 29.

The position of this well has shifted since OS 6 inch 1st edn, which marks it near the shore at the south end of Pilgrims Haven, where OS Pathf. Pilgrims Well is shown (1979). On the 1896 OS 6 inch edn Lady’s Well is shown c.200 m to the south-east, at NT660987, near the southern shore by Maiden’s Bed. According to Eggeling, Maiden’s Bed was in fact a small cave which contained the Lady’s Well (1985, 248). The name has gone from the 1976 OS 6 inch edn.

‘A Spring Well in Pilgrim [sic] Haven close to the sea side. The water is of an indifferent quality and seldom used except for cattle’ (OS Name Book 1, 13).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 3