Biddy Boughy’s Well

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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 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).

4 Cure

This well is said to cure disorders of the eyes.

8 Stories

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).

9 Publications

Branigan, Gary. Ancient and Holy Wells of Dublin. 2012> Dublin: History Press.