Old buildings

Having just come back from North America where they describe buildings over 100 years old as historical, it reminds me just how young the USA and Canada are. 

Here’s our Tolbooth in the High Street, which was built in 1590, replacing the previous 15th century Tolbooth, which had been razed to the ground by Lord Hertford during the burning of Edinburgh in May 1544.

Following the Jacobite rising of 1745, some of the young pretender's supporters were imprisoned in the tolbooth before being sentenced to transportation overseas.

The clock tower is influenced by the building style of the Low Countries, as the east coast of Scotland, had a lot of trading links with these countries going back to the 13th and 14th centuries. 

Yes, we have a lot of history in these islands.

I hope you have had a good day.

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