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Mertoun House, Dovecot

Dovecot (16th Century)

Site Name Mertoun House, Dovecot

Classification Dovecot (16th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Mertoun House Policies; Mertoun, Dovecote

Canmore ID 57264

Site Number NT63SW 5

NGR NT 62018 31894

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Mertoun
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Ettrick And Lauderdale
  • Former County Berwickshire

Archaeology Notes

NT63SW 5 62018 31894

For Mertoun House see NT63SW 34.00.

(NT 6201 3189) Dovecot (NR)

OS 6" map, (1967).

The old conical dovecot in the garden of Mertoun House is about 30ft high and 18ft in overall diameter. It is divided into four stages by string courses and has an aperture in the centre of the roof for pigeons. Modern buttresses have been placed against the basement to strengthen it. It is dated 1576 over the doorway.

RCAHMS 1915.

Said to be the oldest dated dovecot in Scotland.

A N Robertson 1957.

This dovecot is as described by the RCAHMS.

Visited by OS (WDJ) 19 September 1962.


Sbc Note

Visibility: Standing structure or monument.

Information from Scottish Borders Council


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