Sites and Monument Record: Westquarter House Doocot (SMR 55)
This lectern doocot stands near the W end of Dovecot Rd, Westquarter. It is in an excellent state of preservation, the roof having been renewed by Historic Scotland. Slightly oblong in plan, it measures 18 ft 3 ins from E to W by 16 ft 3 ins transversely over walls 2 ft 10 ins thick, and is built of random rubble with dressed quoins and door-rybats. The door is in the centre of the S side, and above this a heavy round perching course runs all round the building. Resting on this above the door is an heraldic panel topped by a small moulded cornice, above which there is a row of three openings for the birds. From the wall head of the S wall the roof slopes up towards the N wall, which is considerably higher, the slope being interrupted to provide space for a further row of sic openings for pigeons. The side walls are crow-stepped to a point about half way up the upper portion of the roof, where they meet the returns of the tabled parapet that tops the N wall. This parapet is finished with scrolls and pilasters, and bears ball finials at the corners. The inner faces of the walls consist wholly of stone built nests, which number 868; they are built in regular rows each about 9 ins high. The floor is laid with bricks, in which a circular setting marks the socket hole of the vanished potence. The armorial stone is fully described in the noted documentation.