Inside Doocot at Dirleton Castle, Scotland.

This evening, I am providing information on a type of quirky building which can be found on the Scottish landscape, particularly in the east of Scotland.

Doocots or dovecotes were pigeon houses, homes to between 500 and 2000 birds, which provided a source of meat and eggs prior to introduction of modern farming methods in the 19th century.

In addition to the food source, the birds droppings were a valuable fertiliser and also used in the production of gunpowder, and in leather tanning and cloth dyeing.

The earliest Scottish doocots date from the 16th century with construction continuing until the 18th century.

Doocots importance to the rural economy is evidenced by th existence of governing legislation dating from the 15th century onwards.

Note differing architectural styles.

Doocot at Geilston Garden, Scotland

Doocot, Fife, Scotland

Doocot, Rouken Glen, Glasgow

Doocot, Milngavie, Scotland

Doocot at Dunure Castle, Scotland

Doocot at Dirleton Castle, Scotland

Doocot in Eglinton Country Park, Scotland

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