Lasting legacy of Bellshill love story

HISTORICAL WELL: David Bryce (Scottish Covenanters Memorial Association), Councillor Marina Lyle, Councillor Harry Curran, Matt Costello and Jim Gray (NLC Grounds Maintenance)
HISTORICAL WELL: David Bryce (Scottish Covenanters Memorial Association), Councillor Marina Lyle, Councillor Harry Curran, Matt Costello and Jim Gray (NLC Grounds Maintenance)

A well made famous by two sweethearts during the Covenanter’s famous defeat at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge has been given a lasting memorial.

Mary Rae’s Well in Bellshill now features an attractive a plaque with details of the heart rending tale of a soldier and his lover dying in the aftermath of the 1679 conflict.

Working with the Covenanters memorial group, North Lanarkshire Council spent £5,000 upgrading and creating an attractive landscaped area to mark the site of a spring well named after Mary Rae.

Mary was an Ayrshire woman who reputedly died beside the body of her sweetheart, Robert Lambie.

Robert fought in the Battle of Bothwell Bridge between the Covenanters and a Royalist army on the 22 June 1679.

The Covenanters were defeated with many killed, taken prisoner or banished.

Robert was mortally wounded in the battle and Mary Rae committed treason by dragging his wounded body to the well and bathing his wounds.

When he died, she resolved that as love had made them one in life, so in death.

Upon finding Mary’s body, local people named the spring well in her honour.

For the full story, see this week’s Speaker - out on Wednesday.