Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 86997 56167
386997, 656167


16th century. 2-stage, circular-plan, tapering beehive dovecot set in private garden, to N of Parish Church. Walls approximately 4ft thick; external circumference approximately 60ft. Heavily-pointed rubble sandstone; rubble dressings. Continuous rat course/alighting ledge approximately 10 ft above ground. Square-headed doorway set beneath ground level to N; boarded timber door; sandstone lintel; low, rubble-coped wall to front. Stone-slabbed, shallow-domed roof with central aperture; iron finial/guard missing.

INTERIOR: walls fully-lined with 382 squared sandstone nesting boxes, arranged in 16 circular rows. Each nest approximately 7' high, 7' wide and between 12' and 14' deep. Circular flight opening centred in roof. Timber poles missing.

Statement of Special Interest

Overgrown and in state of disrepair 1998. Set within the garden of Auburn Cottage. The circular opening in the roof was originally guarded by a finial comprising a ring of iron spikes, forked at their upper ends - this has been removed and is now set in the garden of Auburn Cottage. Devoid of any ornament, the dovecot remains primitive in appearance and is a good example of its early type. Originally associated with Ninewells House - once home to David Hume and later replaced by a design by William Burn, 1839-41 (demolished 1964). See separate list entry for the later mono-pitched, lectern dovecot at Whitehall.



Ordnance Survey map, 1862 (evident). RCAHMS 6TH REPORT & INVENTORY OF MONUMENTS & CONSTRUCTIONS IN THE COUNTY OF BERWICK (1915) 42 & fig 17. A Niven Robertson THE OLD DOVECOTES OF SCOTLAND (1961) pp489-490. T Buxbaum SCOTTISH DOOCOTS (1987) pp5-6. C A Strang BORDERS AND BERWICK: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1994) p38. NMRS photographic records.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

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The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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