The Dovecot

The dovecot is a traditional structure on Scottish agricultural estates. Pigeons provided food, feathers and poo rich in lime that could be used as a fertiliser or ingredient of mortar.

The Dovecot in Pittencrieff Park
The Dovecot in Pittencrieff Park

The dovecot in Pittencrieff Park is a particularly grandiose structure, perhaps intended to be reminiscent of the medieval defensive tower that must once have stood on Tower Hill to the south, with its arrow slits and battlements.

The dovecot is shown on Robert Scotland’s plan of the estate from 1776, looking remarkably similar to today.

Dovecot floor and lower courses of wall
Dovecot floor and lower courses of wall

The interior is in good condition, the roof is water-tight and the Friends of Pittencrieff Park have cleared the dirt floor of rubbish and debris. It is at their request that the summer school will survey the building and excavate the floor area.

Looking up at the modern roof of the dovecot
Looking up at the modern roof of the dovecot