Tomintoul Fountain

Location: Tomintoul, Moray, Scotland

The town of Tomintoul (famous for the Glenlivet Estate and renowned whisky of the same name) was originally designed by the Duke of Gordon in the 18th century with a grassy square which formed a focal point in the 40 foot wide Main Street.

The drinking fountain donated by Robert Gordon is number 41 from the Lion Foundry and was erected in the Square in 1915.

The fountain is 12 ft 8 ins high and stands on a square stone base upon which is a square grate. The central column is decorated with palmette and acanthus relief. Quatrefoil basins are supported by a square base with chamfered corners. Panels above each basin are decorated with floral relief divided into sections by a compass cross. The centre circle contains a lion mask with self closing tap from which water spouts. A black dedication plaque on two sides states Presented By / Robert Grant M.D. / To / His Native Village / As A / Memento Of His Boyhood / 1915.

The capital supports a multi-level acroter surmounted by the figure of a woman dressed in flowing robes holding an olive branch in her left hand while supporting an urn on her head with her right hand.

The two cast-iron stools were originally located beneath the basins to assist children and are inscribed with the words, ‘Step Up Bairns’

The fountain was listed a Category C historic building on 9 November 1987.


  • Acanthus, one of the most common plant forms (deeply cut leaves) to make foliage ornament and decoration
  • Acroter, flat base
  • Capital, the top of a column that supports the load bearing down on it
  • Chamfered, a beveled edge connecting two surfaces
  • Compass cross, a cross of equal vertical and horizontal lengths, concentric with and overlaying a circle.
  • Palmette, a decorative motif resembling the fan shaped leaves of a palm tree
  • Quatrefoil, a type of decorative framework consisting of a symmetrical shape which forms the overall outline of four partially-overlapping circles of the same diameter




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