Luffness House, Dovecot / Doocot, Luffness Dovecot, Luffness Estate
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- HER number: MEL606
- HER number: MEL615
- Site Name: Luffness House, Dovecot / Doocot, Luffness Dovecot, Luffness Estate
- Grid Reference: 347572 680471
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- Summary: Beehive dovecot, late 16th century.
- Description: NT48SE 16 47572 80472.
(NT 47572 80472) Dovecot (NR)
OS 6" map (1968)
(1)-(3) This fine late 16th century (J Whitaker 1938) dovecot stands in the grounds of Luffness House (NT48SE 1). Circular in shape, it is 18ft high with walls 3ft thick. There are three string courses. The lowest is about 6ft 6 ins from the ground, the next is equidistant and the third forms a rim round the flat roof. In the centre of the roof is a small circular lantern, the sides of which are pierced by eight entrance holes. In the interior there are 500 nesting places.
C McWilliam 1978; RCAHMS 1978
(4) This dovecot is as described.
Visited by OS (SFS) 16 July 1975.
(5) Historic Scotland Listed Building Description: Late 16th century. Beehive dovecot, 18ft high, random rubble with 2 ashlar rat courses, cornice with billet moulding. Doorway to E, shallow domed roof with central circular flight hole lantern for birds, with 8 holes.
INTERIOR: central potence ladder, walls lined with 500 nests.
(6) Site recorded by GUARD during the Coastal Assessment Survey for Historic Scotland, 'The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Coast of Fife' 1996.
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council HER
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- (1) Bibliographic reference: Whitaker, J. 1938. 'Ancient dovecots of East Lothian: a survey', Trans E Lothian Antiq Fld Natur Soc Vol. 3 1938, p.1-22. 14-15.
- (2) Bibliographic reference: McWilliam, C E. 1978a. Lothian except Edinburgh. 319.
- (3) Bibliographic reference: RCAHMS. 1924. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Eighth report with inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of East Lothian. 3, No.3.
- (4) Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Site Visit.
- (5) Bibliographic reference: Historic Scotland. Historic Scotland Listed Building.
- (6) Unpublished document: James, H F. 1996. Coastal Assessment Survey: The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Border of Fife.