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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: 26/10/1994


  • Local Authority: Edinburgh
  • Planning Authority: Edinburgh
  • Burgh: Edinburgh

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNT 16012 66669
  • Coordinates316012, 666669


Earlier 18th century. 2-stage, single chamber, lectern dovecot; rectangular-plan. Rubble with harl-pointing; ashlar margins and dressings. Stepped rat-course.

SE (MAIN) ELEVATION: door at centre ground; string course dividing upper stage, small blocked window at centre. 7 flight-holes midway along roof.

NE AND SW ELEVATIONS: blank gable with stepped rat course.

Grey slate roof; slope staggered with line of wooden flight-holes. Ashlar coping to the skews; ashlar coping to ridge.

INTERIOR: 2-storey; 274 nesting boxes.

Statement of Special Interest

The dovecot was the dovecot to Ravelrig Mansion which was completely altered and extended in 1926 by Richerdson & McKay. The present house, a Chesire Home, is of earlier 20th Century appearance but there may be elements of the original mansion incorporated into the later design. The 18th Century dovecot is similar to dovecots at Addistoun, Newhails (converted), Pilmuir, Pentcaitland and Biel Rarelrig gates.



A Niven Robertson 'Old Dovecots in and around Edinburgh', BOOK OF THE OLD EDINBURGH CLUB (1945) Vol 25 p89. C McWilliam LOTHIAN (1978) p88.

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Listed Buildings

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