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Stroma Dovecote and Burial Ground

A Category B Listed Building in Canisbay, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.6713 / 58°40'16"N

Longitude: -3.1073 / 3°6'26"W

OS Eastings: 335876

OS Northings: 976472

OS Grid: ND358764

Mapcode National: GBR L5PT.98Z

Mapcode Global: WH6CH.79LV

Entry Name: Stroma Dovecote and Burial Ground

Listing Date: 13 April 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 332552

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB1806

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Canisbay

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness

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Description

Dovecote; dated 1677. Square roofless grey rubble structure,
with pink sandstone ashlar dressings. 2 storeys, with
vaulted chamber in ground floor with entrance in centre of
elevation and dovecote in 1st storey, with entrance in east
elevation accessible only by ladder, moulded doorpieces to
each entrance, with worn plaque above that in ground floor.
Sandstone long and short detailing to angles; rat courses
encircle building at mid height and below wallhead. 4
flightholes in west elevation and 2 in south.
Burial ground; simple rubble walled burial ground with
rounded dressed rubble cope; plain gate at pedestrian
entrance.

Statement of Interest

Datestone in vault, together with one inscribed IK for

John Kennedy of Kairnmuck or Carnmuch of Aberdeenshire

who obtained a wadset of Stroma from the Earl of Caithness

in 1659. Pennant (1769) wrote of the mummified bodies in

the vault, preserved by the sea air.

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