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Corstorphine Doocot

Corstorphine Doo'cot
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Corstorphine Doo'cot

In Dovecot Road in the southern part of Corstorphine (Edinburgh) is a splendid 16th Century flat-topped beehive doocot. This is the only remaining building associated with Corstorphine Castle, which was built in the 14th Century by the Forrester family. The doocot contains 1060 nest boxes, arranged in 28 tiers, and still has its potence (ladder) for gaining access to these to collect the pigeons - once an important source of meat. The doo'cot is now in the care of Historic Environment Scotland.


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