NJ9265 : Doocot near Craigiefold

taken 14 years ago, near to Peathill, Aberdeenshire, Great Britain

Doocot near Craigiefold
Doocot near Craigiefold
Not quite sure why this dovecot is here. Perhaps there was a large house nearby.
Can anybody help?
Mounthooly Doocot
This eye-catching mock Gothic building is perched on the top of a mound with a panoramic view including Rosehearty and surrounding land.

An alternative name for it is Holy Mount.

It lies on the Pitsligo estate and was built for Lord Garden of Gardenstown, who acquired Pitsligo around 1800.

It's a 12-foot square rubble masonry tower with canted angles. Above the anti-rat string course are oval oculi with another string course above, and the top is embellished with a parapet with tall crenels finished with ball finials. Inside the parapet is a pyramidal roof. The date 1800 is carved above one of the windows. There is a plain doorway on the west face.

Inside are about 300 nest boxes with brick slab bases, and a potence, which is a ladder that revolves around a pole in the centre of the building and gives access to all the nest boxes.

It is said that each of the 12 ball finials represents one of Lord Garden's 12 estates.
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NJ9265, 14 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 3 September, 2003   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 1 March, 2008
Category
Doocot   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 924 659 [100m precision]
WGS84: 57:41.0055N 2:7.6763W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 924 659
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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