One of the oldest buildings in Aberdeen, the Tolbooth was the city’s 17th century prison. On display are various waxwork figures in the original cells, as well as a number of artefacts used in the prison; such as iron manacles, a scold’s bridle (a metal gag that fit over the head and compressed the tongue to stop the wearer speaking!), and the original guillotine used for executions in the city, The Maiden. The building is atmospheric, and it is not too hard to imagine how miserable it must have been to have been kept here, whether as a criminal, or a member of the failed Jacobite uprising in 1745 or, most sinisterly, as a child, kidnapped from the surrounding countryside or the town itself, to be sent across the Atlantic and sold by local merchants as an indentured servant.
The Tolbooth, Castle Street, Aberdeen +44 1224 621167