Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 46172 74425
346172, 674425


Early 18th century. 3-stage circular dovecot in N retaining wall of stable courtyard. Roughly squared and coursed rubble with 2 ashlar rat courses and coped, batlemented parapet. Entrance to courtyard with boarded door, bull's-eye flight-hole to each floor above. Circular stone canopy over roof opening, supported on 6 slender ashlar pillars. INTERIOR: 764 ashlar nests with potence.

Statement of Special Interest

Elvingston House and Stables to S are listed separately. The dovecot probably served an earlier house on the site.



C McWilliam LOTHIAN (1978) p202. J Whitaker "Ancient Dovecots of East Lothian; A Survey". TRANSACTIONS OF ELAFNS Vol III. DC Bailey and MC Tindall "Dovecots of East Lothian". TRANSACTIONS OF AMS Vol XI, 1963.

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