Rutherford monument update: November 2017

With the strapping safely in place, restoration work on the Rutherford monument will begin in the spring when the weather is dry enough to take the scaffolding up to the monument and when the risk of high winds and frost has passed. In the meantime the Fleet Valley volunteers have continued to do excellent work clearing the paths to the monument. Research work is also ongoing for a trail leaflet and information boards for the Mill.

A feature on the walk from the monument to Anwoth is the secluded Rutherford’s well. The ordnance surveyors of the late 1840s described the well thus “A good spring well situated about 10 chains North of Anwoth Manse.  It is neatly built round with a stone built wall and covered above for the purpose of shading it from the sun etc.  The lintel of its entrance has been removed from Rutherford House, which is said gave the name to the well.”  (Name book reference OS1/20/128/18). 

Phil Cope lists Rutherford’s well in his publicationHoly Wells: Scotland.In the course of the project there will be more to discover on this and other sites associated with Samuel Rutherford.

The Rutherford Monument Project

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