The Tolbooth was built in 1591,
it was here that the tolls or public dues were collected.
It also served as the council house, courtroom and prison for the Canongate.
Although most of the prisoners were transferred to a newly built jail
on Calton Hill.
large clock face is dated 1820 and replaced an earlier clock from the
Latin inscription on the front of the building reads:
The place of the seal of the Burgh.
For one's country and one's successors, 1591.
The Tolbooth now houses
The People's Story