Public invited to witness prisoner trying to escape

26 July 2012

One of the most daring escapes from Aberdeen's Tolbooth will be reenacted during Aberdeen's Tartan Day this Saturday [28 July].

The escape of Alexander Keith took place 374 years ago on 23 July 1638 when he organised his getaway in a chest. Imprisoned in the Tolbooth for serious debt Alexander Keith, of Boddam, near Peterhead, was a relative of the Earls Marischal of Scotland.

Visitors to the museum will learn about this daring escape, meet those involved including Alexander, his family and his gaolers and have the chance to participate as the story unfolds.

The decision to allow Alexander to escape or be betrayed will be up to the visitors at each reenactment.

Judith Stones, lead curator, local history and archaeology, Aberdeen City Council said: "This will be a nail-biting occasion, as the fate of Alexander Keith lies in the hands of our visitors, who will be briefly 'imprisoned' with him. It's a great way of '1 experiencing' an authentic story from Aberdeen's past and to be part of Tartan Day."

The free reenactments will take place at 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Advance booking is not required.


The Tolbooth Museum Programme 2012

The Tolbooth Museum
Opening times
Tuesday - Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday - 12.30pm-3.30pm
Closed Monday

Admission free