Tobar Bhile Na Beinne

ON the brow of Ben Lora (Beinn Laoire) there is a well called Tobar Bhile-na-Beinne. In bygone days it was believed there was a healing virtue in its waters, and people came from a distance it is said, even from Ireland (Eiriti) to drink of it, and bring some home.
There were some little black water-beetles always in the well, which, if one of them went into the water as it was being lifted, was considered a sign of life or death. Any one who drank of or took its water, left some equivalent in return, to some fairy who was supposed to guard it.
Beside it was a very old elm-tree, with a hole in the side and a hollow in the middle, and into this hole was thrown anything given ; and in my young days I remember it being full of all sorts of things coins, pins, buttons, beads, &c., &c., of which it has all been emptied long ago.
There is also beside it a little unenclosed graveyard, where none were put but infants who died before being baptised ; and to this day the little graves are seen lying thick and close in their lonely resting-place. this wee graveyard is above Dalvuie

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