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The Canongate Tolbooth, with its projecting clock (opposite), dates from 1591. Note the inscription "Patriae et Posteris" over the arch. The clock bears the arms of the Burgh of Canongate - a stag's head with a cross between the tynes, to remind one of the incident which befell David I. while hunting in the neighbouring forest. The tower contains a bell, dated 1608, and inscribed "Soli Deo honor et gloria." In olden times the Tolbooth was a jail.
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