Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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NT 20047 72516
320047, 672516


Late 16th century. 3-stage, circular plan, beehive dovecot. Sandstone rubble; coarse sandstone dressings. Dividing band (rat) courses; projecting stone eaves. S ELEVATION: 3-tier flight holes in arch above 2nd stage dividing band course. N ELEVATION: low entrance doorway; iron grille door; stone lintel; long and short surrounds. Shallow conical stone slabbed roof. INTERIOR: stone nesting boxes; potence stone, with socket for pole at centre of stone slabbed floor. BOUNDARY WALLS, GATEPIERS AND GATES: coped, coursed rubble boundary walls; circular plan coped dome gatepiers to left; iron gates; pedestrian entrance to right; single iron gate.

Statement of Special Interest

Edinburgh Tapestry Studio lies to the rear of the dovecot (see separate list description). The dovecot is the only remaining structure from the Corstorphine Castle estate, home of the Forresters of Corstorphine. The dovecot contains 1060 nesting boxes and its walls are 3 feet 10 inches thick.



U Selway A MID LOTHIAN VILLAGE (1890), p8; A Niven Robertson "Old Dovecots in and around Edinburgh" in BOOK OF THE OLD EDINBURGH CLUB, Vol XXV (1945), p178; E MacRae HERITAGE OF GREATER EDINBURGH (1947), p36; THE BUILDER, 20/06/1952, p911; M Cant VILLAGES OF EDINBURGH Vol I (1986), p5; T Buxbaum SCOTTISH DOOCOTS (1987) p31; W Dey A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF A MIDLOTHIAN VILLAGE (1990), p16; AS Cowper HISTORIC CORSTORPHINE AND ROUNDABOUT Vol 3 (1991) p5; Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1991), p528; C McKean EDINBURGH (1992), p172.

Historic Environment Scotland Properties

Corstorphine Dovecot

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Related Designations

  1. Edinburgh,Corstorphine dovecotSM90128

    Designation Type
    Scheduled Monument

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