Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 79653 50617
379653, 650617


Later 18th century. Unique pentagon-plan, 3-stage doocot. Droved ashlar to SW elevation with polished dressings; broadly-broached sandstone to remaining elevations with droved ashlar dressings. Base course; band course to spring point of 1st stage; drainage spout beneath cornice to each elevation except SW; mutuled cornice; droved ashlar coped castellations.

SE ELEVATION: door opening at ground with pointed-arched window at 1st stage and recessed flightholes to 2nd stage.

Ashlar piended roof, with ashlar ball finial to apex.

INTERIOR: harl-pointed sandstone rubble with some timber roosting boxes in place, 1996. Stone vaulted ceiling.

Statement of Special Interest

The dovecot was originally built as part of the Nisbet estate. There are indications that there was a single storey addition to SE.



T Buxbaum SCOTTISH DOVECOTS (1987), p14. A Niven Robertson OLD DOVECOTES OF SCOTLAND, p494.

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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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