LEITCHESTON DOVECOT (Ref:15540)
This building is in the Moray Council and the
It is a category A building and was listed on 22/02/1972.
Group Items: N/A,
Group Cat: N/A,
Map Ref: NJ 399 625.
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
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