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Group Category Details
100000020 - see notes
Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 76001 49889
376001, 649889


James Williamson, mason, 1749. Circular-plan, single-chambered tower dovecot sited to terminate Marchmont Avenue. Squared, tooled and coursed sandstone rubble; sandstone ashlar dressings. Stepped base; corniced eaves; sandstone blocking course. Shouldered doorway centred in SW front (door missing); lugged rectangular frame aligned above (panel missing). 2 rows of flight holes to SE with tiered sandstone ledges and moulded sandstone brackets. Domed grey slate roof surmounted by tapering cupola with flight holes at base.

INTERIOR: 532 timber nesting boxes lining walls (19 tiers of 28); lowest tier set 5ft above ground. Open timber roof; potence post in place.

Statement of Special Interest

B Group comprises Marchmont House, Adam Bridge, the Cottages near the Remains of Redbraes Castle, the Dovecot, Gamekeeper's Cottage, Ice House, The Kennel House, 1 & 2 Marchmont Estate Cottages, Redbraes, Stable Courtyard and the Walled Garden (see separate list entries). An impressive, well-detailed dovecot, set to the NE of Marchmont House, terminating Marchmont Avenue (itself planted circa 1727). Although the house has been wrongly attributed to William Adam, he is thought to have been responsible for its designed landscape - Marchmont Avenue playing a key role. Robertson records the dovecot's outer circumference as 44ft and the door opening as 7ft high, 4ft8" wide. Door missing, cornice damaged and slates broken/missing in part 1998.



Roy's map, 1750s (evident). Armstrong's map, 1771 (evident). Ordnance Survey Name Book (1856-1858) Reel 64, Book 38, NMRS. Ordnance Survey map, 1858 (evident). T Buxbaum SCOTTISH DOOCOTS (1987). A Niven Robertson THE OLD DOVECOTES OF SCOTLAND (1961) pp492-494. AN INVENTORY OF GARDENS AND DESIGNED LANDSCAPES IN SCOTLAND, Vol 5, LOTHIAN & BORDERS p351. C A Strang BORDERS AND BERWICK: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1991) p49. NMRS photographic archives.

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