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Liberton] ST. KATHERINE?S WELL 3 29 when Cromwell?s soldiers not only defaced it, but almost totally destroyed it. It was repaired after the Restoration, Hard by this well,? he continues, ?a chapel was erected and dedicated to St. Margaret. St Katherine was buried in the chapel, and the dists not one suits the epoch ofSt. Margaret of Scotland, and St. Katherine of Sienna, with whom it is rather identified, was born in 1347. The probability is, that a woman named Katherine brought the oil from the tomb of St. Katherine of Alexandria, LIljERTON TOWER. place where her bones lie is still pointed out, and it was observed that he who pulled it down never prospered. The ground around it was consecrated at Mount Sinai, and dying here was locally canonised as a saint by name or reputation. The following is the chemical analysis of the - - - for burying, and it was considered the most ancient place of worship in the pariSh. After the nunnery at the Sciennes was founded, the nuns there made an annual procession to this chapel and well in honour of St. Katherine.? Unfortunately for this popular legend, of five St. Katherines whose memoirs are given by the Bollan- 138 - water by Dr. George Wilson, F.S.A., as given in Daniel Wson?s ? Memorials? ? The water from St. Katherhe?s Well contains, after filtration, in each imperial gallon, 28.11 grs of solid matter, of which 8-45 grs consists of soluble sulphates and chlorides of the earths and alkalies, and 19-66 g s . of insoluble calcareous carkonates.?
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