Listed Building

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Status: Removed


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Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 11023 82233
311023, 682233

Removal Reason

Dual designation


16th century. Square-plan dovecot with crowstepped gables to N and S sides and skewputts carved with human heads (one at each angle of building). Coursed sandstone rubble with ashlar dressings. Rat ledge below eaves. Entrance to centre of N elevation; roll-moulded surround; scrolled label (former inscription eroded) to lintel; dripstone above; iron yett to opening. Lower section of S elevation projects slightly; empty panel surround centred over it; narrow stone ledge projects from rat ledge above. Stone flagged roof. Gableted crowsteps. Barrel-vaulted interior; nexting boxes intact. No apparent entrance holes.

Statement of Special Interest

A scheduled monument. It was formerly separated from Rosyth Castle, to which it belonged, by a short stretch of water (the castle was originally situated on a small island, until the land was reclaimed during the construction of the nearby naval dockyard in the early 20th century). In 1428 the barony of Rosyth was granted to Sir David Stewart. The castle was built in the late 15th century and altered and expanded in the 16th and 17th centuries. The castle and estate remained in the possession of the Stewart family until the late 17th century. See separate list description for Rosyth Castle.



David MacGibbon and Thomas Ross, THE CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND VOLUME I (1971 facsimilie of 1887 book) p293-95; RCAHMS, INVENTORY OF MONUMENTS AND CONSTRUCTIONS IN THE COUNTIES OF FIFE, KINROSS AND CLACKMANNAN (1933); John Gifford, FIFE in the 'Buildings of Scotland' series (1988) p356.

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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