Daldowie Doocot

Located on Hamilton Road in the Mount Vernon district of Glasgow, the A-listed Daldowie Doocot lies in parkland to the north of the M74 motorway, a quarter-mile (0.4 km) south of Baillieston. Built c.1745 on the Daldowie Estate, this cylindrical sandstone doocot (or dovecot) has a distinctive curved roof and unusual internal ladder mechanism to allow the pigeons to be collected for their meat.

Until the early 18th C., the lands of Daldowie had been the property of the Stewarts of Minto and their house appears on Pont's map of 1596. This doocot was associated with a later Daldowie House which was built c.1740 by the wealthy merchant George Bogle of Daldowie (1701-82), whose son another George Bogle (1746-81) was an adventurer and diplomat who travelled to Bhutan and Tibet. The house was extended in the 1830s by a local iron-master, John Dixon. It was demolished in the years after World War II and replaced by Daldowie Crematorium.

Daldowie Doocot was originally located a half-mile (1 km) to the south next to the Daldowie Sewage Works and overlooking the River Clyde, but had deteriorated to a ruinous state. In 2000, a project coordinated by the Land Trust and executed by the owners of the adjacent land-fill site, moved the doocot to a more accessible location and undertook a complete restoration. The Land Trust is a consortium of the University of Strathclyde, the University of Glasgow and the Scottish Greenbelt Foundation, which attracts funding through the land-fill tax to undertake environmental work.

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