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Brow Well

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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 charge.

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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 England.

1796 - Robert Burns visited the well after his doctor, William Maxwell, advised he do so.

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 west.

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 Church.

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