Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
National Park
NJ 34191 11152
334191, 811152


17th century. Early square-plan dovecot of unusual design with crowstepped gables to each elevation, continuous rat course/alighting ledge, individual diamond-shaped flight holes over alighting ledges and room with hearth at ground. Harled with deep-set openings.

FURTHER DESCRIPTION: 1st stage with door to centre of S elevation and window to W; flight hole to each upper stage, N and S elevations each with stepped gablet breaking eaves, and those to E and W with full-width gables.

Modern glazing. Narrow grey slates, stone ridge, coped stack with thackstanes to each gablehead.

Statement of Special Interest

A rare and largely intact survival, Candacraig dovecot displays delightful individual detail in its diamond pattern flightholes and stack to each elevation. The Anderson family were granted lairdship of Candacraig in 1620, but there has been a house at the site since 1579. This has led a member of the Wallace family (former owners of Candacraig) to suggest that the dovecot may date from the 16th century. Dovecotes were so popular 'that by 1617 the right of owning or maintaining a pigeonhouse was limited by statute to lairds whose lands produced each year 'ten chalders of victuals', or about 10 tons' (Buxbaum).



T Buxbaum Scottish Doocots (1987), pp 7-8.

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.

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