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The Scottish hydropathic establishments and their use of groundwater

Iain Spence
Iain Spence
17 Kinpurnie Gardens, NEWTYLEBlairgowrie, PH12 8UY,
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Nick Robins
Nick Robins
British Geological SurveyMaclean Building, Crowmarsh, Gifford, Wallingford,
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January 01, 2004


Scotland today has a plentiful supply of drinking water derived from upland gathering grounds, but groundwater supplied all of its major towns and cities in the past. Pollution of many of the old groundwater sources, as well as the atmosphere, by the massive industrial boom of the mid nineteenth century in central Scptland led to the development of hydropathic establishments to dispense the ‘water cure’. Most drew on fresh and pure groundwater sources, and the establishments continued to be a popular source of medical care until the early part of the twentieth century. The groundwater sources were characterized by weak to moderate mineralization unlike the strongly mineralised waters typical of the more traditional spa resorts. A small part of the hydropathic legacy remains in use until this day

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

200 Years of British Hydrogeology

J. D. Mather
J. D. Mather
University of London, UK
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