Biddy Boughy’s Well
Description of Well Item Type Metadata
1 Name of well and saint
This Holy Well is known colloquially as Biddy Boughy’s Well according to Gary Branigan. (Branigan 2012:17). The well is dedicated to St. Brighid.
2 Townland, County, GPS
It is located in the Balrothery townland of County Dublin.
3 Physical description of well and its surroundings
Branigan states that it “is located in a small field beside a bungalow named Fairfiellds on the Old Coach Road...an old mud pathway from the roadway led to it but it is now overgrown and fenced off so access was limited.” (Branigan 2012:17). Additionally “the spring is enclosed within a circle of mortared stones at the base of a wall.” (Branigan 2012:17).
This well is said to cure disorders of the eyes.
According to Branigan, “legend has it that a woman named Biddy Boughy washed clothes in the a holy well in Chapel lane… and that well dried up as a result of the offence, moving to this location.” (Branigan 2012:17).
Branigan, Gary. Ancient and Holy Wells of Dublin. 2012> Dublin: History Press.