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Freswick Castle, Dovecot

Dovecot (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Freswick Castle, Dovecot

Classification Dovecot (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Freswick Mains, Dovecot; Freswick House, Dovecot

Canmore ID 9302

Site Number ND36NE 8

NGR ND 37692 67087

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Canisbay
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Archaeology Notes

ND36NE 8 37692 67087

For Freswick House (Freswick Castle) and associated buildings, see ND36NE 3.

(ND 3769 6708) Dove Cot (NAT)

OS 6" map, Caithness, 1st ed., (1872).

Dovecot [NAT]

OS (GIS) AIB, April 2006.

This 16th century (RCAHMS 1933) beehive-shaped dovecot stands 20 to 22ft in height.

RCAHMS 1911; RCAHMS 1933.

This dovecot, which is in perfect condition, is now used as a hen house. It has two entrances, one in the S, the other in the E side. The internal diameter of the dovecot is 3.9m, with walls 0.9m thick at ground level, and survives to the height stated above. There are three string courses on the outside wall.

Visited by OS (R D) 10 September 1965.

(ND 3769 6708) Dovecot (NR)

OS 25" map, (1969)

The dovecot, as described and illustrated, has fifteen rows of nesting boxes around the interior, the lowest having approximately forty boxes. It is now the home for a number of rock doves.

Visited by OS (J B) 21 July 1982.


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