The History of Leith

January 17, 2008

Unlocking the tales of historic Tolbooth

THE Netherbow Bell rings out, signalling another public execution, and a vast crowd begins to gather around the Tolbooth on the Royal Mile.

It is 1650 and James Graham, the first Marquis of Montrose – who has been found guilty of treason – steps on to the scaffold on the High Street. A short while later, he is hanged in front of the cheering crowds, his body dismembered and his head placed on a spike over the Tolbooth gates. for more click here

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