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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 14/07/1966


  • Local Authority: Edinburgh
  • Planning Authority: Edinburgh
  • Burgh: Edinburgh

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NT 27323 70604
  • Coordinates: 327323, 670604


Early 17th century 2-chambered symmetrical rectangular-plan lectern dovecot. Pink sandstone rubble. Droved string (rat) course; moulded eaves course; long and short quoins; crowsteps to end and dividing walls.

SE ELEVATION: 2 identical boarded doors with 3 strap hinges, entering centre of each chamber; stone lintels; recessed rectangular panel to centre above string course; 5 flight holes at eaves above doorways;

16 flight holes to each chamber set in mid-roof band; coped rear wall.

Pantiled roof; beak skewputts.

INTERIOR: remains of hinges and slots to inner face of doorway. Concrete floor, timber roof. 2072 stone nesting boxes, approximately 4.5 inches wide, extend from floor to ceiling to all sides of both chambers.

Statement of Special Interest

Scheduled Ancient Monument, No 2309. The largest remaining doocot in Edinburgh, formerly part of the Inch House estate. The remains of inner doors to both chambers suggest an unusally high degree of security.



RCAHMS MIDLOTHIAN INVENTORY (1928), pp134-135. A N Robertson "Dovecots in and around Edinburgh" in THE BOOK OF THE OLD EDINBURGH CLUB, vol 25 (1945) p185; Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988), p492.

About Designations

Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for the designation of buildings, monuments, gardens and designed landscapes and historic battlefields. We also advise Scottish Ministers on the designation of historic marine protected areas.

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 statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. 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.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned 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. For information about curtilage see 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.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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