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Latitude: 55.7986 / 55°47'55"N
Longitude: -2.209 / 2°12'32"W
OS Eastings: 386997
OS Northings: 656167
OS Grid: NT869561
Mapcode National: GBR F10D.K6
Mapcode Global: WH9Y8.1JD2
Entry Name: Ninewells Dovecot
Listing Date: 9 June 1971
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 335353
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB4124
Building Class: Cultural
County: Scottish Borders
Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire
Traditional County: Berwickshire
16th century. 2-stage, circular-plan, tapering beehive dovecot set in private garden, to N of Parish Church. Walls approximately 4ft thick; external circumference approximately 60ft. Heavily-pointed rubble sandstone; rubble dressings. Continuous rat course/alighting ledge approximately 10 ft above ground. Square-headed doorway set beneath ground level to N; boarded timber door; sandstone lintel; low, rubble-coped wall to front. Stone-slabbed, shallow-domed roof with central aperture; iron finial/guard missing.
INTERIOR: walls fully-lined with 382 squared sandstone nesting boxes, arranged in 16 circular rows. Each nest approximately 7' high, 7' wide and between 12' and 14' deep. Circular flight opening centred in roof. Timber poles missing.
Overgrown and in state of disrepair 1998. Set within the garden of Auburn Cottage. The circular opening in the roof was originally guarded by a finial comprising a ring of iron spikes, forked at their upper ends - this has been removed and is now set in the garden of Auburn Cottage. Devoid of any ornament, the dovecot remains primitive in appearance and is a good example of its early type. Originally associated with Ninewells House - once home to David Hume and later replaced by a design by William Burn, 1839-41 (demolished 1964). See separate list entry for the later mono-pitched, lectern dovecot at Whitehall.
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