Friday, September 15, 2006

Archaeologists uncover site of historic Tolbooth on Royal Mile
ARCHAEOLOGISTS have unearthed a remarkable discovery on one of Scotland's most historic thoroughfares.
The Tolbooth on the Royal Mile has long been known to lie somewhere close to St Giles' cathedral but now, as part of the £1.5m facelift of the road, the precise location of the building has been discovered.
During its chequered past the Tolbooth was used as the Council Chambers, the Scottish Parliament sat there, and it was once the site of the High Court. Latterly, it became the old town gaol and among the notorious criminals imprisoned there was Deacon Brodie.

Artists' conception of what the Tolbooth building may have looked like: