Site of an ancient well.
The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and this would imply a very feminine presence on this site, including the well.
In Celtic times wells, particularly those for the goddess Bridhe, would have played an important part in the seasonal rituals such as making offerings to the well on festival such as Beltain, the spring festival in May to help ensure good fortune on the success of the products of summer – the nurturing side of the young fecund female goddesses, later translated as the Virgin Mary.
The Lady Well has been a site of spiritual significance for long periods of history. It would have been the reason why the Kirk was built here, overlying a previous important site.
In the old Statistical Accounts, a series of documentary publications covering life in Scotland in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, the minister writes that when he first came to Glenisla many of the ”inhabitants” still practised the old ways. The well was filled in and was reported to no longer be in existence and even modern records reflect this.
However, for whatever reasons you care to put on it, the well never went away and can still be seen today on the boundary of the community area, just south east of the church.