Listed Building

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Status: Removed


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Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 29671 4911
329671, 704911

Removal Reason

Dual designation


17th century. Circular dovecot. Rubble. Opening to E at ground, circumference slightly reduced over rat course/alighting ledge and further small alighting ledge to S below lowest point of lean to roof.

Statement of Special Interest

Scheduled Monument. The roof was formerly slated and the interior held 516 nesting boxes. The Inventory gives these details "having a diameter of 6 3/4 feet measured between the stone nests. The body of the building dates from the 17th century, but the top has been altered". Kirkforthar, now the property of the Balfours of Balbirnie, was "the seat of George Johnstone Lindsay, Esq. a cadet of the noble and ancient family of Crawfurd" (NSA). Nearby are the ruins of Old Kirkforthar House, a 3 storey, 17th century structure which in 1906 was "in the occupancy of employees of the Balbirnie Estate". The chapel (ruinous) was, according to Leighton, "suppressed previous to the Reformation". Both Kirkforthar House and Chapel are Scheduled Monuments.



NSA. Niven Robertson OLD DOVECOTES. RCAHMS INVENTORY (1927), item 413. Gifford FIFE (1992), p301. John Leighton HISTORY OF THE COUNTY OF FIFE (1840). Cunningham MARKINCH AND ITS ENVIRONS (1907).

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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