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Type of record:Monument
Name:Dingwall Tolbooth


Listed Building Record - photograph  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsOld Council listed building record (for up to date description see link to Historic Scotland's website)  © Highland CouncilCupula of Dingwall Tolbooth (scaffolding beneath) (photo by Andrew Taylor)  © Andrew Taylor


Sites and Monuments Record Card  © Highland Council (File size: 43 KB)
Grid Reference:NH 5496 5878
Map Sheet:NH55NW
Civil Parish:DINGWALL
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY

Monument Types

  • (Former Type) TOWN HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Alternate Type) TOLBOOTH (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOWN HALL (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
Protected Status:Listed Building (B) 24506: High Street, Town Hall

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG9037
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 12814
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NH55NW0004

Full description

NH55NW 4 5495 5877.
Burgh Court House {NAT} OS 25"map, Ross-shire, 1st ed. (1876)

Dingwall Town Hall is a massive example of 17th c. tolbooth. It is still used as municipal courthouse and stands on N side of main street. The upper part of the tower or belfry was added in the beginning of 19th c.
D MacGibbon and T Ross 1892.

Outside Tolbooth and beside the Market Cross, is an iron "yett" (gate) from former. This is a well-preserved example of a 17th c. Dingwall blacksmith's work.
N Macrae 1923.

Extensive alterations were made to Town Hall of Dingwall in 1905 and 1925 (W S Dewar, Town Clerk). 17th c. Tolbooth is now incorporated in the Town Hall building.
Visited by OS (W D J) 17 April 1963.

A symmetrical, two-storey oblong block with centrally placed tower flush with main frontage; of 17th c origin but substantially remodelled 1732-3 and altered in 1782, jail was finally declared unfit to receive criminals in 1830.
G Stell 1981.

ARCHITECT: John Boag asked to prepare model of the same kind as at Forres

Dingwall Town Hall (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG7769.

Dingwall Town Hall, facade (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG7768.

Taylor, A, 02/2010, A Collection of Highland Buildings and Monuments (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG25366.

MacGibbon, D and Ross, T, 1887-92, The castellated and domestic architecture of Scotland from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries, Vol. 5, 102-3 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2442.

MacRae, N, 1923, The romance of a royal burgh: Dingwall's story of a thousand years, xvi ff (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2489.

Stell, G, 1982, 'The earliest tolbooths: a preliminary account', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 111 1981, p.445-53, 450 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1651.

Stell, G, 1986, Architecture and society in Easter Ross before 1707, 128 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG3139.

RCAHMS, 1996, Tolbooths and town-houses: civic architecture in Scotland to 1833, p 70 (Text/Report). SHG2679.

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