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This building is in the Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Burgh. It is a category A building and was listed on 14/07/1966.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NT 2732 7060.


Early 17th century 2-chambered symmetrical rectangular-plan lectern dovecot. Pink sandstone rubble. Droved string (rat) course; moulded eaves course; long and short quoins; crowsteps to end and dividing walls.

SE ELEVATION: 2 identical boarded doors with 3 strap hinges, entering centre of each chamber; stone lintels; recessed rectangular panel to centre above string course; 5 flight holes at eaves above doorways;

16 flight holes to each chamber set in mid-roof band; coped rear wall.

Pantiled roof; beak skewputts.

INTERIOR: remains of hinges and slots to inner face of doorway. Concrete floor, timber roof. 2072 stone nesting boxes, approximately 4.5 inches wide, extend from floor to ceiling to all sides of both chambers.


Scheduled Ancient Monument, No 2309. The largest remaining doocot in Edinburgh, formerly part of the Inch House estate. The remains of inner doors to both chambers suggest an unusally high degree of security.


RCAHMS MIDLOTHIAN INVENTORY (1928), pp134-135. A N Robertson "Dovecots in and around Edinburgh" in THE BOOK OF THE OLD EDINBURGH CLUB, vol 25 (1945) p185; Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988), p492.

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Buildings of national or international importance, either architectural or historic, or fine little-altered examples of some particular period, style or building type. (Approximately 8% of the total).

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