Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 69565 57384
369565, 657384


Earlier to mid 18th century. Circular-plan dovecot with conical roof surmounted by conical-capped, boarded timber drum. Harled red rubble sandstone (exposed in part); overhanging timber bracketed eaves. Boarded timber door centred in N elevation; upper drum with arched pigeon openings above projecting timber ledges. Grey slate fishscale roofs; ball-finialled upper cap surmounted by iron weather vane.

INTERIOR: not seen 1997.

Statement of Special Interest

A good example of a circular-plan dovecot, thought to date from the same period as the nearby Longformacus House (see separate list entry). According to Roberston, the dovecot is 4'7" high, 2'10?" wide, with a circumference of 56?' and a wall thickness of 26". Inside, he noted 490 wooden nests. The walled garden and gate lodge ('The Lodge') are both contained within the estate and are listed separately.



Ordnance Survey map, 1857 (evident). T Buxbaum SCOTTISH DOOCOTS (1987) p31. A Niven Robertson THE OLD DOVECOTS OF SCOTLAND (1961) p495-496. C A Strang BORDERS & BERWICK: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1991) p36.

About 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.

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.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but 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. 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.

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