Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 24004 68604
324004, 668604


Late 16th to early 17th century. Circular tower dovecot, originally angle turret of former Comiston House. Approximately 3.5m diameter and 6m high. Coursed rubble with sandstone dressings. Upper stage projects on sandstone corbels; splayed oval sandstone gun loops to NE and SE below. Low narrow entrance with sandstone surround to NW. Small remaining portion of wall of original dwelling adjoins to N. Top sections of masonry partially missing.

INTERIOR: not inspected (1997).

Statement of Special Interest

An early dovecot, originally part of the former Comiston House. The date of construction of the house is unknown, although it is mentioned in a disposition of the lands of Colmanstoun by John Fairlie in 1608. A building and gardens are shown on the site on William Roy's survey.



William Roy's MILITARY SURVEY OF SCOTLAND (1747-55); George A Fothergill, STONES AND CURIOSITIES OF EDINBURGH AND NEIGHBOURHOOD, PT IV (1912) pp139-46; THE BOOK OF THE OLD EDINBURGH CLUB XXV (1945) p175; RCHAMS, INVENTORY OF THE ANCIENT AND HISTORICAL MONUMENTS OF THE CITY OF EDINBURGH (1951) p235; Charles J Smith, HISTORIC SOUTH EDINBURGH, VOL II (first published 1979, this edition 1982) pp400-03; John Gifford, Colin McWilliam and David Walker, EDINBURGH, in 'The Buildings of Scotland' series (first published 1984; this edition 1991) p570.

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