Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
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Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 87278 55253
387278, 655253


Probably 18th century. Rectangular-plan, 2-chambered lectern-type dovecot set to NW of Whitehall House. Walls approximately 3ft thick; each chamber approximately 13ft1' square. Harl-pointed sandstone rubble; tooled rubble dressings; red sandstone lintels. Projecting rat course/alighting ledge; rubble quoins; rubble long and short surrounds to doorways.

S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 2 square-headed doorways flanking centre; iron hinges; gates/doors missing. Continuous rat course/alighting ledge above. 2-tiered rows of flight holes in roof pitch centred above each chamber with 15 (lower) and 9 (upper) openings to E; 16 (lower), 10 (upper) to W.

W, N AND E ELEVATIONS: continuous rat course/alighting ledge dividing blank elevation.

Grey slate mono-pitched roof (missing in part); stone-coped skews; beak skewputts with carved human faces. Iron rainwater goods and bracketed water trays.

INTERIOR: each chamber lined with sandstone nesting boxes (876 to E, 870 to W). Timber poles in place in part to W; missing to E.

Statement of Special Interest

Poor condition 1998. Traditional lectern-type dovecot with the interior divided in 2, each chamber independent from the other, thereby reducing disturbance and increasing security. A more sophisticated type of construction than the earlier beehive design (see separate list entry for the nearby Ninewells Dovecot), the lectern allowed more opportunity for decoration -the figurative skewputts being particularly notable here. See separate list entry for the nearby Whitehall House (no longer associated with the dovecot).



Sharp, Greenwood & Fowler's map, 1826 (not clear). Ordnance Survey map, 1862 (evident). A Niven Robertson THE OLD DOVECOTES OF SCOTLAND (1961) pp490-491. T Buxbaum SCOTTISH DOOCOTS (1987) pp7-10. C A Strang BORDERS AND BERWICK: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1994) p38. NMRS photographic records.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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