Iron Stream

Iron is meant to be very good for you and helps the healing process. Luckily I like spinach and when I was a kid my mother used to walk us along the braes between Pittenweem and St Monans and made my brother and I drink from this natural spring. “It’s full of iron and good for you“, she promised. Well, she lived till she was 87 years so it obviously did her no harm and hopefully has made us strong too.

But how healthy is it?  I recently came across this:

“There were several perennial springs in the Parish, the water excellent and was well adapted for domestic purposes. There is one spring (chalybeate) situated on the East Braes, contaminated by drainage from old coal workings(q.v.). It is said that at one time fishermen washed their nets here because they thought that the iron in the water would strengthen them. This spring was originally St Monan’s Well and thousands of pilgrims visited it to cure their ills, from Bubonic Plague and Smallpox to Infertility and Chilblains! “
from: http://www.fairlieburne.co.uk/stmonans.htm

So I’m possibly contaminated by old coal workings but should never catch the Bubonic Plague. However, it obviously didn’t do much to keep my toenails healthy or help the healing process as they are horribly painful as I write this … but then that’s what painkillers are for ….


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~ by marysia on 27 September 2010.

3 Responses to “Iron Stream”

  1. They are painful because they are healing so fast with all the iron you are consuming! You asked for healing not pain relief. Be careful to word your requests correctly. 🙂

  2. Washing your fish nets in iron.. You don’t want hairy legs with that.. Mind you it’ll stop the laddering…

  3. I also remember walking with neil’s gran along here, near the hermits cave?

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