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Redhall Doocot

An unusual hexagonal doo'cot located to the northeast of Redhall House, above the Water of Leith running through Craiglockhart Dell, some 3 miles (5 km) southwest of Edinburgh city centre. The doocot had lain in a ruinous condition for many years but the Category-A listed structure was subject to a complete restoration in 2007 as part of a development plan for the policies of the house by Miller Homes.

Dating from 1756, the doo'cot was built in red sandstone by John Christy for the Inglis family at a cost of £40. On its north side, the doocot incorporates a stone panel bearing the arms of the Otterburn family. This is thought to have been recovered from the ruins of Redhall Tower, which once stood nearby and dates from the middle of the 16th Century. Sir Adam Otterburn (d. 1548) served as the King's Advocate and as Lord Provost of Edinburgh.

The restoration reinstated its lime-harling and a conical roof crowned with a rod carrying a star, features which had been identified in old photographs of the building.


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