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Duns, Market Square, Town Hall

Tolbooth (Period Unassigned), Town Hall (19-20th Century)

Site Name Duns, Market Square, Town Hall

Classification Tolbooth (Period Unassigned), Town Hall (19-20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Tolbooth; J C Plews & Son

Canmore ID 58653

Site Number NT75SE 30

NGR NT 7853 5389

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Duns
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Berwickshire
  • Former County Berwickshire

Archaeology Notes

NT75SE 30 7853 5389.

(NT 7853 5389) The first tolbooth in duns was erected in 1328. A second building was built in 1680. This building was so severely damaged by fire in 1795 that it had to be taken down. The third and last building was erected in 1816, and demolished in living memory.

W Renton 1978.

Architecture Notes


Duns Town Hall which was a Category B Listed building was demolished in 1966.

ARCHITECT: James Gillespie Graham 1816


National Library of Scotland

'Scots Magazine' July 1816 - 1 engraving


Photographic Survey (1962)

Photographic survey of buildings in Duns, Berwickshire, by the Scottish National Buildings Record in 1962.

Photographic Survey (October 1965)

Photographic survey of the exterior of the Town Hall, Market Square, Duns, Berwickshire, by the Scottish National Buildings Record/Ministry of Works in October 1965. The building was demolished the following year.

Publication Account (1981)

The town hall, which dominates .the market square was built in 1816 in a Gothic style (Anon, n.d.,28).

Information from ‘Historic Duns: The Archaeological Implications of Development’ (1981).

Sbc Note

Visibility: This was the site of an archaeological monument, which may no longer be visible.

Information from Scottish Borders Council


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