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NK 2736 33063
402736, 833063


Mid 18th century, restored 1981. Unusual, tall, square-plan, single chamber dovecot with voussoired segmentally-arched window, alighting ledge/string course close to eaves below row of flight holes and ball-finialled, slated, piended roof (see Notes). Roughly squared and snecked pink granite rubble with squared rubble quoins.

Statement of Special Interest

An unusual survival, this fine dovecot is sited close to the ruins of the House of Leask. Niven notes that the dovecot was re-roofed and newly finialled in the 19th century, at which time the roof was conical and the slating banded. The early 18th century House of Leask was renamed Gordon Lodge when Barbara Cuming married Dr Alexander Gordon of Hilton and Straloch, a descendant of the Gordons of Pitlurg in Banffshire. Their grandson subsequently named the house Pitlurg. In 1825 Captain Gordon Cumming Skene commissioned Archibald Simpson to rebuild the old house, returning to the original name of House of Leask for the new building. This house, burned down in 1927, but had incorporated a simple 2-storey, 5-bay Italianate south front, 3-bay bow between slightly advanced end bays on the west and a wing to the northeast.



A N Robertson Old Dovecotes of Scotland (1957). I Shepherd Gordon (1994), pp 210-11. RCAHMS Canmore. Earlier HS List Description. 1st and 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey Maps (1864-71, 1899-1901).

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.

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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.

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