Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 81463 46888
381463, 646888


Dated 1746; repaired later 20th century. Circular-plan dovecot with conical roof surmounted by conical-capped, part timber, part slated drum. Harl-pointed sandstone rubble (whinstone in part); red sandstone dressings; some brick repairs. Dividing rat course/alighting ledge; moulded eaves course. Long and short surrounds to square headed entrance in E elevation (door missing); rectangular plaque above inscribed '1746'. Part-blocked, square headed opening to SW. Upper drum with arched flight holes; some projecting ledges. Grey slate roofs.

INTERIOR: 797 nesting boxes lining walls in tiers; open timber roof. Potence and ladders missing.

Statement of Special Interest

NOTES: Originally associated with Swinton House (see separate list entry). A good example of a circular-plan dovecot with the majority of its original features intact - the interior being particularly impressive. According to Niven, the nesting boxes comprise 8 tiers of 35, 8 of 34 and 7 of 35, making a total of 797. Each is 7?" wide, 7?" tall and 14" deep. The dovecot wall itself is recorded as 2ft9" thick, with an outside circumference of 61ft. In 1961, a broken potence and ladder of 11 rungs were still in place, whilst 4 flight holes were set in a board, in a window in the S side. All these have now gone, and the then roofless ruin has since been re-roofed, with new flight holes set in a part-boarded drum. See separate list entry for 'Dundas Castle, Dovecot - Dalmeny/Kirkliston Ward 3, Edinburgh' for similar structure.



Ordnance Survey map, 1858 (evident). T Buxbaum SCOTTISH DOOCOTS (1987). A Niven Robertson THE OLD DOVECOTS OF SCOTLAND (1961) pp491-492. NMRS photographic records A12174.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

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