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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: B
  • Group Category Details: B - See Notes
  • Date Added: 05/09/1973


  • Local Authority: Stirling
  • Planning Authority: Stirling
  • Parish: Drymen
  • National Park: Loch Lomond And The Trossachs

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NS 48339 87114
  • Coordinates: 248339, 687114


Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority

Dated 1711. Rectangular-plan lectern dovecot. Grey slate crowstepped lean-to roof; upper crowstep continued out from ridge and corniced with ball finials at ends. Coursed sandstone rubble with sandstone ashlar dressings. Mid-height stone rat course; eaves cornice to principal (S) elevation continued as rat ledge to remaining elevations. Flush architraves to openings.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: central entrance with timber door; lintel dated '1711'. Window with chamfered reveals above. Row of 3 entrance holes set just above rat course below.

N, W and E ELEVATIONS: blank.

Grey slate roof with double entrance hole with catslide roof to centre.

INTERIOR: contains brick nesting boxes. Restored timber potence with central revolving pole turning on stone pedestal.

Statement of Special Interest

B-Group with Park of Drumquhassle and Sundial to SE of House. A fine dated example of an early 18th century dovecot. When the RCAHMS inspected it in 1960 it had 5 stone ball finials along the wallhead; it now retains only 2. It was constructed by William Govane and his wife Katherine Edmonstone in the year after they erected the sundial. There appears to have been a substantial residence on the site since at least the mid-later 16th century, when 'Drumquhassle Castle' was cited as the 'principal messuage' of the newly created barony of Drumquhassle. The house was rebuilt in 1839 by Robert Govane. The estate belonged to the Govanes for over 200 years from about the late 17th century until the 1910's when it was purchased by the family of the present (1999) occupant. See separate descriptions for the House and Sundial.



BUCHANAN'S POPULAR ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO STRATHENDRICK, ABERFOYLE AND DISTRICT (undated, circa 1906) p92; RCAHMS, STIRLINGSHIRE - AN INVENTORY OF THE ANCIENT MONUMENTS, VOL II (1963) p398; Tim Buxbaum, SCOTTISH DOOCOTS (1987) p8; information courtesy of owner and of Jim Leiper, local historian (including information from 'The Register of the Great Seal Vol IV, 1546-80').

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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.

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