Sites and Monument Record: Muiravonside House Doocot (SMR 38)

Projecting from the E end of the wall that divides the garden from the offices of Muiravonside House is a large doocot. It was restored in 1982 by a MSC project after years of neglect and use as a garden shed. It measures 19 ft 3 ins in breadth by 15 ft 5 ins in depth externally and is of the lectern type with a lean to roof sloping up between flights of crow-steps to just in front of a high wall to which it is connected by a short length of flat lead flashing. It is built of rubble with backset dressings. The recent renovation has hidden the alterations carried out to the entrance, reinstating the original. The back wall is, however, still breached by a mullioned window and a smaller shuttered window offset at a higher level. Entries for the birds are in two well built stone fronted dormers which incorporate landing ledges. Each dormer houses six arched entrance holes, and a circular hole in the pediment. There is a string-course for perching at eaves level. Only a small number of the original wooden nesting boxes survived intact. In form the doocot is 17th century, but its date of construction was considerably later. The home farm was moved from the area presently occupied by a car park to its present site in the second quarter of the 19th century and the present doocot belongs to this period. An earlier doocot is recorded in 1787 when Muiravonside House possessed "nine fire rooms, with a milk house, laundry, stables, coach-house, good garden, and dovecote".

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