Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 43962 49198
343962, 649198


Earlier 19th century. Roofless circular doocot of roughly coursed whinstone and sandstone rubble with sandstone ashlar dressings. String course (landing ledge) at mid-height; mutuled cornice (landing perch). Doorway to S with 7-hole pigeon port above.

Statement of Special Interest

A good example of an earlier 19th century doocot or dovecot. The interior would have been organised around a revolving central pole, or potence, with the walls covered with some 460 brick partitioned nest-holes. These have mostly been removed or fallen into the centre of the structure.

Burn House and former stableblock to N and South Lodge are listed separately (see separate listings).

List description updated at resurvey (2009).



shown on 1st Edition Ordnance Survey Map (1953). A N Robertson, Old Dovecots of Scotland (1957) p92. Tim Buxbaum, Scottish Doocots (1987). Charles Alexander Strang, Borders and Berwick: An Illustrated Architectural Guide (1994) p193.

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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