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- Category: A
- Date Added: 22/02/1972
- Local Authority: Moray
- Planning Authority: Moray
- Parish: Rathven
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NJ 39936 62495
- Coordinates: 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
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