The Tolbooth Museum


25/06/2016 - 09/05/2021

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Tolbooth, one of Aberdeen’s oldest buildings, and one of the best preserved 17th century gaols in Scotland.

Over the years many notorious local characters stayed at the Tolbooth and this exhibition explores the history of the building, and crime and punishment through the experiences of five of its earliest residents: Alexander Fraser, Lillias Skene, Margaret Campbell, Charles Duff and Peter Williamson also known as Indian Peter.

Tales from The Tolbooth has been created in collaboration with Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives, and the University of Aberdeen’s special collections centre.

Find our more about The Tolbooth's earliest residences by reading our Tales from the Tolbooth Exhibition Guide






Please watch our short film below: