The Brow Well is situated by the small
village of Ruthwell, 10 miles southeast of
Dumfries, 14 miles northwest of
Gretna, on the B725 road that runs
between Ruthwell and Caerlaverock Castle.
The well can be visited at any time free of
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1700s - the Brow Well is recorded as having
healing properties as it contains iron salts.
It is then visited by people throughout the
area with health problems, often advised by
doctors of the time.
The area is only a few houses and used to
have an inn, on a route drovers took cattle to
1796 - Robert Burns visited the well after
his doctor, William Maxwell, advised he do
Burns stayed at the Brow Inn for 3 weeks,
drinking from the well, bathing in the the
Solway Firth, and drinking port wine, as his
doctor had advised.
Burns traveled back to his Home in Dumfries on the 18th July
1796, and died three days later of heart
disease, aged 37.
1863 - the Brow Inn was demolished.
About 100 yards from the well is the east
side of the Caerlaverock Nature
Reserve, at the Solway Firth where Burns
bathed. This is a vast bay that runs round to
Caerlaverock Castle, about 5 miles
This vast wetland is popular with bird
watchers with a wide range of species.
The centre for the reserve is situated about
4 miles east, close to Caerlaverock Castle.
Under one mile from the well is the Savings
Banks Museum at Ruthwell, and the historic
Ruthwell Cross in Ruthwell