Brow Well

History & Heritage
Brow Well was renowned for the healing properties of its water throughout Dumfriesshire.

About Brow Well

This is perhaps the saddest point on our tour of Burns, as it marks one of the last places he would frequent. During the 18th century Brow Well was famous for the apparent healing qualities of its waters. Burns duly came to visit in 1796 as his health began to deteriorate and he stayed at the long since demolished Brow Inn. Burns illness was diagnosed as ‘flying gout’ but was in fact rheumatic fever, and three days after his visit to Brow Well, he died at Robert Burns House, Dumfries.

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