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Latitude: 55.8368 / 55°50'12"N
Longitude: -3.0057 / 3°0'20"W
OS Eastings: 337107
OS Northings: 660849
OS Grid: NT371608
Mapcode National: GBR 70GY.2J
Mapcode Global: WH7VD.SKWB
Entry Name: Loquhariot Dovecot
Listing Date: 22 January 1971
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 331245
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB815
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Midlothian South
Traditional County: Midlothian
18th century. Single chamber lectern dovecot; crow stepped gables; roofless (1997). Rat course. 304 nest boxes (1971). Beaked skewputts.
SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: central doorway; short landing ledge with 2 round arched flight holes above rat course/ledge.
NE AND SW ELEVATIONS: small ventilation opening to centre below rat course.
NW ELEVATION: blank.
INTERIOR: stone nesting boxes.
The lands of Loquharoit (also know as Locherwort, Lochorwort and other such variations) date back to before Borthwick Castle was built. Sir William Borthwick bought the land for the castle from the Hays of Lochorwart in the 15th century, including what was known as the Mote of Lochorwort. Loquhariot Farm belonged to the Vogrie Estate. Although the dovecote dates from the 18th century the farm buildings and farmhouse which survive today were built in the 19th century. The dovecote itself, which would have provided an extra source of fresh food during the winter, is quite small, but still has many the characteristics of the typical lectern dovecote which began to emerge in the 16th and 17th centuries. The lean to roof faces SE so that the birds can sit in the sun, whilst being protected from the north wind by the high back wall. Since 1971 the Loquhariot Dovecote has lost its slate roof, and has a large crack vertically down the NE elevation (1997).
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