NT3472 : Musselburgh Tolbooth

taken 8 years ago, near to Musselburgh, East Lothian, Great Britain

This is 1 of 3 images, with title Musselburgh Tolbooth in this square
Musselburgh Tolbooth
Musselburgh Tolbooth
Musselburgh enjoys its reputation as the 'honest toun'. It is believed that the nickname was acquired when Robert the Bruce's nephew and Guardian of the Realm*, Thomas Randolph, earl of Moray, died in the town in 1332. When a party came to collect his body, they were astonished to find that no-one had pilfered his clothing or equipment, obviously a rare occurrence in those days!

"Tradition also says, that the inhabitants having formed a guard round the house, during the illness of this great man, they found such favour with the Earl of Mar, the succeeding regent, that he granted, or obtained for them, their first charter." - Dr Alexander Carlyle,Old Statistical Account, 1792

*Randolph, who was held in great respect, was Guardian from Bruce's death to shortly before the coronation of Scotland's first anointed king, David II. If Mar did grant Musselburgh burgh status, he must have been quick off the mark, for he was killed at Dupplin Moor only nine days after becoming Regent.

NT2573 : Thomas Randolph tablet, Edinburgh Castle
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Date Taken
Friday, 25 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Thursday, 1 July, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 346 727 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.5941N 3:2.9190W
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