Midlothian’s 100 Objects - Elevation of Dalkeith Tolbooth

An elevation of Dalkeith Tolbooth. Photo: Scran/Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
An elevation of Dalkeith Tolbooth. Photo: Scran/Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

In 1759 Dalkeith Tolbooth was “the private prison and court house of the Regality of Dalkeith and the property of the family of Buccleuch... past all memory.”

It was probably built in the second half of the 17th century to replace an earlier one.

The Tolbooth became known as Scientific Hall because Dalkeith Scientific Association met there in 1835. However, it held a jail until 1841.

Outside, stones mark the site of the burgh gibbet. The stone over the doorway, bearing the Scott of Buccleugh arms.

The Tolbooth reopened in 2013 following a £220,000 six month repair and restoration project. The Midlothian Young People’s Advice Service is based in the building.

Photo: Scran/Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

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