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Whitehill Dovecot

A Category B Listed Building in Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.0626 / 56°3'45"N

Longitude: -3.3203 / 3°19'13"W

OS Eastings: 317884

OS Northings: 686318

OS Grid: NT178863

Mapcode National: GBR 23.Q406

Mapcode Global: WH6RY.ZW15

Entry Name: Whitehill Dovecot

Listing Date: 19 December 1979

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 334723

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB3604

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdour (Fife)

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay

Parish: Aberdour (Fife)

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

17th century. Single-bay, rectangular-plan lectern dovecot. Random rubble, dressed quoins. Stepped stone rat course/alighting ledge remaining in parts. SW elevation buried in earth and rubble to below central stone door lintel, remnants of rat course/alighting ledge, 3 flight holes centred above door, further collapsed flight holes above. Partially collapsed plain gable walls with remains of stepped rat course/alighting ledge. Plain tall wall to NW (REAR), rat course. Missing crowstepped gables to SW and SE elevations, formerly slate lean-to roof, now roofless, (2002). Interior, infilled with land slip and vegetation. Remains of stone nesting boxes to all elevations.

Statement of Interest

NOTES: Aberdour and surrounding land is divided between the old feudal estates of the Earls of Morton (Easter Aberdour) and the Earls of Moray (Wester Aberdour). It is one of several dovecots in the parish (see separate listings). The dovecots throughout the parish served the Moray and Morton estates, not only acting as valuable sources of meat and manure but also as visible symbols of the wealth and status of the landowners (after 1617 only landowners who had considerable lands were permitted to build dovecots). The Dovecot was part of the ancillary buildings associated with the nearby Whitehill House, and is therefore part of the old Morton Estate.

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