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The Tolbooth - Criminal Cell

There were many attempted and successful escapes from the Tolbooth. Some were opportunistic, taking advantage of poor security and slack discipline. Others were planned with considerable foresight and extraordinary attention to detail.

One noteworthy break-out was that of Alexander Keith of Balmuir, imprisoned in 1638 for accumulating debts amounting to 18,000 merks, who was smuggled out of the wardhouse hidden in a chest.