The Dirleton Dovecot

August 19, 2006 at 12:09 pm | Posted in Scotland | Leave a comment

Some pictures of the Dirleton dovecot (“Taubenschlag”), a building to house doves, which were an important food source in the middle ages.

Apparently, the possession of doves was a symbol of status and power in Medieval Europe and the theft of a dove was severely punished. Only nobility had the privilege of having a dovecot. And the doves happily built their nests inside the dovecot – harvesting both eggs and meat was a piece of cake. (Some animals appear to be very thick indeed).

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