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Phantassie Doocot

Phantassie Doo'cot
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Phantassie Doo'cot

Lying just to the north of the hamlet of Phantassie (East Lothian) is the Phantassie Doocot. This bee-hive doo'cot, with its unusual south-facing horseshoe-shaped parapet and 1.3m (4-foot) thick walls, contains 544 nest boxes which would once have given shelter to pigeons kept for their meat and eggs. The building was given to the National Trust for Scotland in 1961 by Mr. W. Hamilton of Phantassie Farm, once the home of engineer John Rennie (1761 - 1821).

A short walk away is another National Trust for Scotland property, the 17th Century Preston Mill, which is also open to the public.


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