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Leuchars Castle

Dovecot (17th Century)

Site Name Leuchars Castle

Classification Dovecot (17th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Leuchars Castle Policies

Canmore ID 33189

Site Number NO42SE 11

NGR NO 45214 21916

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish Leuchars
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District North East Fife
  • Former County Fife

Archaeology Notes

NO42SE 11 45214 21916

(NO 4521 2191) Dovecot (NAT)

OS 6" map (1919)

'A fine 17th century dovecot of unusually ornate type stands in a field 300 yards S of the farmhouse of Leuchars Castle, and 200 yards W of the castle site (NO42SE 5). It is circular on plan having a girth of 64 3/4ft and the walls rise to an elaborate corbelling of four members bearing a pyramidal roof. The entrance has an arched head dated (16)61. The entrance is fitted with double doors and the nests are of stone'.


A dovecote of ashlar masonry in fair condition, and as described above.

Visited by OS (DS), 19 October 1956.

OS (DS) confirmed.

Visited by OS (RDL), 5 June 1964.

Site Management (2 November 2007)

Circular with two rat courses, lower stepped over armorial panel now missing. Corbelled to square, pyramid roof (probably of later date) with stone boxes. (Historic Scotland)


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