NS4560 : The Bonnie Wee Well

taken 11 years ago, near to Elderslie, Renfrewshire, Great Britain

The Bonnie Wee Well
The Bonnie Wee Well
The well, a memorial to the poet Hugh Macdonald, is located beside NS4560 : Gleniffer Road, at Macdonald's Rest, within the bounds of Gleniffer Braes Country Park; for further comments on its location, see the link given earlier in this paragraph.

[The following information was largely drawn from the second volume of "Paisley Poets, with brief memoirs of them, and selections from their poetry" (1890), by Robert Brown.]

A few years after Hugh Macdonald's death, a smaller structure (the original "Bonnie Wee Well", named after the title of one of his poems) was erected here, to the poet's memory, by the Glasgow Ramblers' Club. This first memorial was damaged on several occasions, and was finally removed to Glasgow Green.

The Paisley Old Weaver's Society then raised funds for a new memorial. Of the various designs that were submitted, that of Angus Ferguson, a glazier, was selected. That new memorial, shown in my photograph, was erected in the same place as the earlier one, and is the work of the sculptor John Gordon, with the exception of the bronze portrait medallion at the top, which is by John Mossman, and which is shown in NS4560 : The Bonnie Wee Well (detail). The inauguration of the well, in 1883, was attended by a crowd of six or seven thousand people.

This memorial, which is listed, is fairly large; it measures roughly nine feet by four. However, a verse from the above-mentioned poem "The Bonnie Wee Well" is inscribed on the portrait medallion; it was therefore only natural that this would become the well-established name for the memorial. For example, that name is used on the maps that appear on information panels throughout Gleniffer Braes Country Park (such as at the NS4860 : Glen Lodge Visitor Centre).

For another detail from the well, see NS4560 : The Bonnie Wee Well (detail), which shows the basin at the bottom.
The Bonnie Wee Well

This well, erected in memory of the poet Hugh Macdonald (1817-1860), was inaugurated on the 8th of September, 1883.

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Date Taken
Monday, 28 February, 2011   (more nearby)
Friday, 18 March, 2011
Geographical Context
Water resources  Historic sites and artefacts 
Period (from Tags)
19th Century 
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Hugh Macdonald 
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John Gordon 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4573 6076 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:48.9230N 4:27.8163W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4573 6077
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