Site of an ancient well.
The adjacent church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, implying a very feminine presence on this site, including this well.
In Celtic times, wells, particularly those for the goddess Bridhe, would have played an important part of seasonal rituals. On festival occasions such as Beltain, the spring festival in May, offerings would have been made to the well to help ensure good fortune for the success of summer harvests.
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.