The Tolbooth Museum

Stonehaven Tolbooth Museum
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Stonehaven Tolbooth Museum

Located on the north side of Stonehaven Harbour, the Tolbooth Museum is located in Stonehaven's oldest building, built in the late 16th C. as a store-house for George Keith, the 5th Earl Marischal, who lived nearby at Dunnottar Castle. Around 1600, it was converted for use as Kincardineshire Courthouse and Prison, a role in which it served until 1767. The walled area at its eastern end was the prisoners' exercise yard.

The tolbooth was renovated in 1963, with the ground floor becoming a museum and the upper floor a restaurant. Today, the museum contains artefacts from the fishing industry, displays of local history and visitors can see a cell from the former prison, where the condemned were held before hanging.

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