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Local Authority
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NT 30167 66977
330167, 666977


Late 18th century. 2-stage dovecote, possibly formerly a kiln, terminating a range of single and 2 storey buildings, probably a former flour mill, extending to W on ground rising gently in that direction. Squared and coursed rubble.

DOVECOTE/KILN: ashlar band course to mid; eaves course; pyramidal roof with platform for missing apex ventilator. Door to N elevation. Interior now lined with stone nests. S elevation has raggle of gabled range, formerly adjoining at right angles (see notes). Single storey, 3-bay range to W with ridge ventilator, linking 2 storey ranges with later, altered openings at ground; small windows to lofts (probably former granaries). Wooden boarded doors. Grey slates.

Statement of Special Interest

This range may have been a flour mill, first shown in its present form on the 1790 Estate Plan together with a secondary range adjoining at right angles to the S, and a range of cottages, also to the S, neither of which now survives. The steading was expanded with additional ranges to the N by 1810, and with a horsemill adjoining the S elevation of this range. The N wing mentioned above was demolished before 1831. The large kiln suggests that this was an important grain mill for the Melville Estate. Date of conversion to a dovecote is unknown. The horsemill does not survive. Currently in use as a store.



Shown on RHP 2095, Surveyor: John Wilson, Estate Plan of Melville Castle, property of Henry Dundas of Melville (1790); RHP 10598/1, Surveyor: R Drysdale, Estate Plan of Melville, property of Robert Dundas (1810); RHP 10599, Surveyor: J Hay, plan of Lands of Melville (1831).

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