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A Tolbooth (or Town House) was the main municipal building ("town hall" in modern parlance) of a Scottish burgh, from medieval times until the 19th century. A tolbooth usually consists of a council meeting chamber, court house, customs office and/or gaol (jail). Pubs named Tolbooth are sometimes found in, adjacent to or close by these old buildings.

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