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Upper Manbeen,Butter Well

A Scheduled Monument in Heldon and Laich, Moray

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Latitude: 57.5996 / 57°35'58"N

Longitude: -3.3652 / 3°21'54"W

OS Eastings: 318506

OS Northings: 857437

OS Grid: NJ185574

Mapcode National: GBR L81M.Z1R

Mapcode Global: WH6JL.87SY

Entry Name: Upper Manbeen,Butter Well

Scheduled Date: 22 February 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5909

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: well

Location: Elgin

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Heldon and Laich

Traditional County: Morayshire


A surface well beside a former trackway, on the north slope of Gallow Hill and 375m SW of Upper Manbeen farmhouse. The wellhead is covered by a stone slab, in front of which (on the north), set in the ground but possibly not in its original position is a stone block bearing the inscription; EX DONO DEI/BIBITE GRATIS/MHUSP. The back edge of the well is defined by a second block bearing the date 1699 around a small pointed-arched niche, possibly intended to hold a beaker.

It is possible that the first block was originally set on top of the second. The initials MHU and SP also appear on a marriage stone reused in Upper Manbeen farmhouse (rebuilt in the 19th century), together with the motto STANDFAST and the date 1698. The persons involved have yet to be identified. The scheduled area includes the well, the inscribed stones, and surrounding area, having a radius

of 2m, centred on the well, as indicated in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance as a material illustration of the public munificence of a later 17th-century tenant or landowner towards agricultural labourers and wayfarers.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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