this isn't about martyr springs although I loved Bergmans
"virgin spring" and your words in this email.
I am putting together the quaterly Newsletter
for Clan Sinclair Canada and would very much like to reprint your McNokaird
article. Not sure yet if it will be serialized or done at one go.
Anyway, that's how well I think of your work and I await your positive response
with eager anticipation...... I remain,
Your humble and obedient servant, etc etc
It's interesting to hear the stories about
springs appearing where one has died. In my own family, an ancestor
died in an avalanche in 1912 while carrying mail on snowshoes in mountainous
Idaho, USA. Another carrier actually saw him get swept away, but his
body wasn't recovered until April. They say his brown hair had
bleached white and that a new stream was flowing near his body when they
found it. Hmmm.....
>The statue of Saint Clair, over the
Holy Well, has been
removed to the safety of the Church. The
well allegedly sprung from where
the blood of the martyr
One of Ingmar Bergman's films was called "The Virgin
Spring" It was based on
a play which I believe was based
on a Norse legend about a young girl who was
murdered. A pure spring emerged at the site where she
I believe that I have run into this in another context - a
place marked by the emergence of a pure spring of
water. I just tried doing a
web search and while I found some
fascinating folklore sites, I did not find
information on this
particular legend. I am wondering if there is a
St. Clare being connected with Norsemen & their applying some
their cultural stories to him.
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