NS3478 : Old wellhead, Geilston Gardens

taken 21 years ago, near to Geilston, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

Old wellhead, Geilston Gardens
Old wellhead, Geilston Gardens
The well is located within Geilston Gardens, beside one of the footpaths that closely follow the Geilston Burn in the area to the south and east of NS3478 : Geilston House.

The inscription on the old wellhead is as follows: "10th March 1863 I.T.G. & H.E.G.". The well is shown a couple of decades later in NS3478 : Old wellhead, Geilston Garden.

I could find no source providing any details about whose initials are on the well. However, I believe the initials to be those of Joseph Tucker Geils and his wife Hester Elizabeth Geils: see NS3477 : The Geils family burial ground.

In that connection, a gable-head at nearby NS3478 : Geilston Halls has the inscription "erected 1889 in memory of JTG", which almost certainly commemorates the same Joseph T Geils: NS3477 : Geilston Halls: detail.

He had a military career in India, as did more than one of his forebears.

The Geils family owned Geilston from around the start of the nineteenth century. However, the place-name is much older; the family did not give their name to the place, although it is possible that the spelling of their surname resulted in the place-name's spelling being fixed in a similar form: see NS3477 : Cardross Old Parish Church. For more on the Geils family, see the link just given, and NS4274 : Dumbuck Quarry.
Geilston Garden by David P Howard

(Text from information on site)

The Garden.
The designed landscape that developed around Geilston House in the late eighteenth century can be considered in four main areas - the avenue and lawns, the walled garden, the kitchen garden and the woodland walks.

Between the 1600's and 1989, Geilston was home to seven different families. The last private owner of Geilston, Miss Hendry, enjoyed gardening and as a keen amateur gardener, she complimented the appearance and development of the eighteenth century designed landscape.

The House.
Geilston House was built in the seventeenth century as a simple farmhouse. Over the next two hundred years it developed into a picturesque country villa. It is now Category A listed. Phase one of the restoration project was completed in 2006 with a complete re-slating of the roof, new leadworks and new guttering. The house is not currently open to visitors.

Geilston Garden is a National Trust for Scotland property. LinkExternal link

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Sunday, 15 January, 2012
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3401 7820 [10m precision]
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