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Rosyth Castle Dovecot

A Scheduled Monument in Rosyth, Fife

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Latitude: 56.0247 / 56°1'28"N

Longitude: -3.4291 / 3°25'44"W

OS Eastings: 311024

OS Northings: 682233

OS Grid: NT110822

Mapcode National: GBR 1Z.SHKS

Mapcode Global: WH6S3.9TBR

Entry Name: Rosyth Castle Dovecot

Scheduled Date: 5 July 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM9151

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: doocote, dovecote, pigeon loft

Location: Dunfermline

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Rosyth

Traditional County: Fife


The monument consists of a dovecot of sixteenth-century date.

It is laid out on a plan of 20 feet square, and has a double-pitched stone-flagged roof above a barrel vault within coped crowsteps. The entrance is on the north side, on the lintel of which is a snake-like carving together with traces of an inscription. The dovecot stands on the mainland to the north of Rosyth Castle, and was presumably originally a part of a complex of those ancillary buildings which did not require the greater security of the tidal promontory on which the castle itself stood.

The area to be scheduled consists of the dovecot, the ground on which it stands and an area extending 6 metres out from the walls of the dovecote, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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