Inverkeithing Tolbooth

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Inverkeithing Tolbooth

The Inverkeithing Tolbooth is the former Tolbooth of the Scottish town of Inverkeithing in the Council Area Fife . In 1972 the building was included as an individual monument in the Scottish monument lists in the highest monument category A.


Both William the Lion (1139) and Robert III. (1399) drew documents that put Inverkeithing in the status of a burgh . The village had a Tolbooth in earlier times. The construction of what is now Inverkeithing Tolbooth by John Monroe began in 1754 and was completed the following year. It was attached to the old Tolbooth. The bell of the previous building was used as the burgh bell. It bears the inscription: "JOHN BURGERHUYS MADE ME SOLELY FOR GODS GLORY GIFTED BY CAPTAIN JAMES BENNET & JOHN DICKSON, BAILIES, FOR THE USE OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF INVERKEITHING, 1467". In the meantime it has been removed and I am now in the Inverkeithing Museum . As a result of the poor condition of the old Tolbooth, a decision was made in 1769 to demolish and expand the previously attached part of the building. The stonemason George Monroe carried out the work. In 1777 the interior was redesigned. With the dissolution of the British Burgh structure in 1975, the Tolbooth became obsolete. It is used today for community purposes.


The three-story Inverkeithing Tolbooth stands on Townhall Street in the center of Inverkeithing. The sandstone construction is considered to be the most striking building in the village. While stone blocks were built into layered masonry on the street side, the masonry along the back is made of quarry stone . Its south-facing main facade along the street is almost symmetrical and four axes wide. There are two ornamented entrance doors. The arched opening on the right was once a gateway to the Inverkeithing Parish Church beyond . Mostly twelve-part lattice windows are embedded along the facade . On the left, the bell tower protrudes faintly from the facade. It is decorated with arched windows, triangular gables and along the edges, just like the Tolbooth, with corner stones . The tympanum of the gable shows the Burgh coat of arms. Above the third floor, the tower is continued in an octagonal fashion. and closes with a curved hood with a cast iron weather vane . The roofs of the Tolbooth are covered with gray slate.

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Listed Building - Entry . In: Historic Scotland .
  2. Entry on Inverkeithing Tolbooth  in Canmore, the database of Historic Environment Scotland (English)

Web links

Commons : Inverkeithing Tolbooth  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 56 ° 1 '52.6 "  N , 3 ° 23' 49.2"  W.