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The Tolbooth - Crime and Punishment

Up the narrow, winding stairs through the iron bound wooden doors with their elaborate bolts and padlocks you will reach the criminal cells. Here those awaiting trial or punishment were kept. The cells are small with stone floors and narrow windows. The original word for the heavy doors was 'yetts'.

In medieval Aberdeen punishment for criminal offences was usually physical and swiftly administered. Ranging from branding on the cheek to being tied to a stake on the beach at low water mark. Banishment from the burgh was common and incarceration virtually unknown.

Lock And Key From Condemned Cell, Old East Prison, 1800-1849This is one of the original keys from condemned cell in the Old East Prison, 1800-1849.