nine wells 1722 Geog. Coll. i, 304 [‘a small rivolet arising out of nine wells on the west of the Priviledges of the burgh of Newburgh ... falls into the river Tay at a place called Gillies Pow’ (see Gillies Burn, Section 1, above)]
Nine Wells 1845 NSA ix, 58 [‘that precise number of openings cannot now be traced’]
Nine Wells 1856 OS 6 inch 1st edn [marked as an antiquity]
Sc or SSE nine + Sc wall or SSE well
The wells are completely surrounded by a thicket. On a visit in January 1998 I counted at least five springs, plus a water tank for nearby Skirlbear ANY (NO223174). They lie on the FIF/PER boundary, as well as on the NBH/ANY boundary, and feed into the Gillies Burn (for which see Section 1, above). Within the last 100 years or so the name has become attached to the farm which lies immediately above the wells (see Ninewells, above).
The name Nine Wells is commonly applied to places where there is a group of wells or springs, irrespective of their exact number. For further discussion of names of this type, see PNF 5, Elements Glossary, under nine.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 4