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The Tolbooth - Jacobite Cell

Conditions in the wardhouse for the majority of prisoners were squalid and degrading. It would have been bitterly cold in winter, and oppressive hot in the summer. A lack of exercise and poor food made prison life miserable.

Overcrowding also caused problems. In the aftermath of the battle of Culloden in 1746 over 50 Jacobite prisoners, many sick and wounded, were crammed into the cells. The Quakers, on their release, described prison life as being 'packed like salmon in a barrel'.