Township: Kirkapol

Map Reference: Kirkapol 16

Name Type: well

Meaning: The well of St Odhran; or Hector

See Cladh Orain in Longships on the Sand.

Other Forms: Tobar Eachainn - ONB p 130; FMcK, NV

Tobar Odhrain - RMcI - "the original name."

Related Places:

Eachann was the grandfather of Rev Hector MacKinnon - FMcK.

The water from this well was reputed to have healing powers, but it was closed in the 1930s as it thought to be too close to the graveyard - EMcK.

Bailtean is Ath-Ghairmean, Niall M Brownlie, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p 118:
About twenty five yards east of the cemetery was a well known as Tobar Eachainnn ('Hector's Well'). It was situated in the bank of the burn known locally as the Sruthan ('Small Stream'). But it was closed about fifty years ago, as its water was considered not to be suitable for drinking because of its close proximity to the cemetery. But before that the water was deemed to have healing powers.

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: OS

Informant 2: Fiona MacKinnon, Kirkapol, 8/1994; Elsie MacKinnon, Kirkapol, 1/1994

Informant 3: Rosie MacIntyre, Gott, 8/1994