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St. Bernard's Well

This spa, a neoclassical structure in the form of a circular temple, was erected on the Water of Leith in the 1790s. Black's Picturesque Tourist of Scotland, 18th ed. (Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1869), describes it in these terms:
The well (or pump-room as it might be called) stands close on the banks of the river, immediately below the Dean Bridge. The water is an excellent sulphureous liquid, possessing the usual medicinal qualities, similar to those of the Moffat, and Harrogate. The late Lord Gardenstone was the first to appreciate the properties of the spring, and erected the present classical temple enclosing a statue of Hygeia, whose face very properly "is expressive of sympathy and kindness." (p. 78)