Events and Walks


Saturday 25 October
Join us in The Tolbooth Museum as Halloween approaches to dig into the darker side of Aberdeen's history

This re-enactment will examine the anger and panic caused by the fear of body snatching in Aberdeen in the early 19th century.

Join the towns magistrates as they try to get to the bottom of a large scale riot in the town caused by body snatching…. On Monday 19 December 1831 two boys saw a dog digging in the grounds of the Theatre. They pulled out what the dog was attempting to get at and found them to be human remains. The scene was thus set for a full scale riot which very quickly erupted as news of the grisly find spread through Aberdeen.

The free re-enactment will take place at 12, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Image: Suspected ringleaders of the December 1831 riots Peter McIntosh and Mary McIntosh (played by Andy Davidson-Lee & Liz Loggie) © Aberdeen City Council

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