Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 39936 62495
339936, 862495


17th century lectern dovecot. Heavily pointed rubble, tooled

rubble and tooled ashlar dressings. S facing; off-centre low

door with roll-moulded door jambs. 3 rear rat courses return

around E and W gables; 3 diamond shaped vents in each gable;

4 small swept dormer flight holes. Tooled rubble crowsteps;

local slate roof.

INTERIOR: interior divided into 4 small inter-communicating

compartments with 660 stone nesting boxes overall.

Statement of Special Interest

Built to serve the Leitcheston estate, the present house

replacing an earlier dwelling.

Very unusual plan form; the sub-division of the interior

increases the wallspace and nesting boxes, thus increasing

the number of birds that could be accommodated. Only known

example of 4-chambered dovecot in north of Scotland.

Change of Category B to A, 25.4.89.



THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1792-3, Witherington and Grant,

1982), pp.387-8. Elizabeth Beaton, THE DOOCOTS OF MORAY

(1978), p.17.

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.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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