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Banff, Low Street, Tolbooth Steeple

Steeple (18th Century), Tolbooth (16th Century)

Site Name Banff, Low Street, Tolbooth Steeple

Classification Steeple (18th Century), Tolbooth (16th Century)

Canmore ID 76723

Site Number NJ66SE 52

NGR NJ 68989 63949

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Banff
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Banff And Buchan
  • Former County Banffshire

Architecture Notes

NJ66SE 52 68989 63949

See also:

NJ66SE 434 NJ 68988 63963 Town House

Town Steeple, 1764-7.

(Undated) information in NMRS.


Photographic Survey (1954)

Photographic survey of buildings in Banff by the Scottish National Buildings Record in 1954.

Publication Account (1977)

An early reference to the Tolbooth at Banff is in a 1551 grant of fishings to help aid the burgesses in the repair of the kirk, bell, tolbooth and 'divers and sundry uthir common and gud causes' within the burgh (Cramond, 1891, 379). A Tolbooth complete with a 'gilded weathercock' was re-erected in 1710, from which a number of prisoners escaped two years later (Cramond, 1891, 182, 183). The present Town House is on a raised area just behind the paved space known as the Plainstones. The steeple, a concave octagon with oval openings, was the work of one of the Adam brothers and was erected in the 1760s. The Town House itself was not built until the 1790s and included council offices as well as the jail.

Information from ‘Historic Banff: The Archaeological Implications of Development’ (1977).


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