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Latitude: 55.9524 / 55°57'8"N
Longitude: -3.2553 / 3°15'19"W
OS Eastings: 321708
OS Northings: 673978
OS Grid: NT217739
Mapcode National: GBR 88F.2Q
Mapcode Global: WH6SK.ZN04
Entry Name: 91 Ravelston Dykes Road, Dovecot
Listing Date: 14 December 1970
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 365593
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB28144
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Corstorphine/Murrayfield
Traditional County: Midlothian
Late 18th century. 2-storey, double lectern dovecot; converted into house. String course at 1st floor; eaves course. Rubble sandstone.
S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: single windows in outer bays at ground floor; single windows above at 1st floor. 2 pigeon posts on roof; ball finials at top of skews. Modern house extension to right.
W ELEVATION: single window.
N ELEVATION: blind wall to original dovecot.
E WALL: modern extension
12-pane timber sash and case windows to main elevation of dovecot; modern glazing to extension. Straight skews.
INTERIOR: not seen 2001.
A-Group with Ravelston Tower, Mary Erskine School (Ravelston House), Entrance Gateway and Boundary Walls, Garden Walls of No 37 and No 87, Queensferry Road Entrance Gate, ice-houses and 31 & 33 Ravelston Dykes Road. The old tower house at Ravelston was erected by George Foulis, who purchased the estate in 1620. The dovecot was a later addition to the estate. The lectern design for dovecots became popular in the seventeenth-century, superseding the beehive design. The advantages of the lectern design were: the interior could be divided into 2 chambers thus reducing disturbance to birds and offering more security; the design allowed for more decoration than the beehive. By 1617 dovecots had become so popular that only lairds whose lands produced 'ten chalders of victual' a year could own one. The size and date of the Ravelston Dovecot suggests that the estate was very productive.
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