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Latitude: 55.9439 / 55°56'37"N
Longitude: -2.9914 / 2°59'29"W
OS Eastings: 338175
OS Northings: 672756
OS Grid: NT381727
Mapcode National: GBR 2H.YKX7
Mapcode Global: WH7TV.0VSR
Entry Name: Dolphingstone Dovecot
Listing Date: 5 February 1971
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 351513
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB17553
Building Class: Cultural
County: East Lothian
Electoral Ward: Tranent, Wallyford and Macmerry
Traditional County: East Lothian
17th century. 3-stage beehive dovecot. Sandstone rubble. Pair of thumbnail-bead rat courses dividing stages; evenly arranged water-spouts at cornice level. Doorway at SE. Pair of square openings, randomly arranged, to middle stage, at SE.
The first dovecots built in Scotland were the beehive dovecots that appeared in the 16th century, typically circular-plan conical structures with pigeon access to the central chamber by means of an oculus opening at the building's apex. The Dolphingstone Dovecot, originally in the policies of the late 17th century, now ruined, Cowthrople House, has the remains of a glover (cupola) evident on its roof, and like the dovecot at Preston Tower (see separate listing) has evidence of shells being used in the structure's mortar. Dolphingstone dovecot is very similar to the Northfield House dovecot (see separate listing), but is not in as good a state of preservation as the latter.
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