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Tolbooth House

Tolbooth House

Tolbooth House (3). The Tolbooth House is situated on the West side of Market Square. The building that once occupied this site was the Town House of the Cockburn family. The building you see here dates from the early 19th century. The Rotary Club presented the clock in 1976 and there is a plaque to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Duns being granted its Burgh of Barony status by James IV in 1490.

The stone that can be seen on the corner is a rubbing stone to stop horse drawn carriages from colliding with the building. In a Scottish town, the tolbooth was where market traders paid levies to sell their goods and where those who fell foul of the law were imprisoned.

Return towards the Mercat Cross and head down Murray Street on the right, which was known as 'Shambles Wynd' in the 19th century. Once you have passed the two storey houses at the start of the street, you walk by two mid 19th century villas on the right and the kirkyard on your left. Further on you reach the Barniken House Hotel.

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