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This building is in the Moray Council and the Rathven Parish. It is a category A building and was listed on 22/02/1972.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NJ 3993 6249.


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.


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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