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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: 22/02/1972


  • Local Authority: Moray
  • Planning Authority: Moray
  • Parish: Rathven

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNJ 39936 62495
  • Coordinates339936, 862495


17th century lectern dovecot. Heavily pointed rubble, tooled

rubble and tooled ashlar dressings. S facing; off-centre low

door with roll-moulded door jambs. 3 rear rat courses return

around E and W gables; 3 diamond shaped vents in each gable;

4 small swept dormer flight holes. Tooled rubble crowsteps;

local slate roof.

INTERIOR: interior divided into 4 small inter-communicating

compartments with 660 stone nesting boxes overall.

Statement of Special Interest

Built to serve the Leitcheston estate, the present house

replacing an earlier dwelling.

Very unusual plan form; the sub-division of the interior

increases the wallspace and nesting boxes, thus increasing

the number of birds that could be accommodated. Only known

example of 4-chambered dovecot in north of Scotland.

Change of Category B to A, 25.4.89.



THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1792-3, Witherington and Grant,

1982), pp.387-8. Elizabeth Beaton, THE DOOCOTS OF MORAY

(1978), p.17.

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Listed Buildings

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest and these are selected according to criteria published in the, Annex 2, pp74-76.

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.

Enquiries relating to works to listed buildings should be made to the local authority in the first instance. Listed building consent is required for works which a local authority considers will affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest and local authorities also decide if listed building consent is required.

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 local authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see

Legislation introduced on 1 October 2015 allows us to state that: an object or structure fixed to the listed building; any object or structure within the curtilage of the listed building; and, any part or feature of the listed building that is not of architectural or historic interest may be excluded from a listing. If part of your building is not listed under the new legislation, the part will be excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest. 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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