American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Scots A prison; a jail.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See tollbooth.
- n. Archaic form of toll booth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See tollbooth.
- n. a booth at a tollgate where the toll collector collects tolls
- Middle English tolbothe, town hall containing customs offices and prison cells : tol, toll; see toll1 + bothe, booth; see booth. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Old Woman, as the song says — Hob Anster, let her presently be seized and committed to the tolbooth; and if there are any zealous brethren here who would give the hag her deserts, and duck her, as a witch, in the loch,”
“It was the fault of yon Highland cateran, whom it is my curse to be cumbered with; but he shall go back to his glens tomorrow, or taste the tolbooth of the burgh.”
“Adjacent to the tolbooth or city jail of Edinburgh, is one of three churches into which the cathedral of St. Giles is now divided, called, from its vicinity, the Tolbooth Church.”
“As we were still but a few steps from the tolbooth door, we carried back these implements of office, and consigned them to the head jailor, who, in lieu of the usual mode of making good his post by turning the keys, was keeping sentry in the vestibule till the arrival of some assistant, whom he had summoned in order to replace the Celtic fugitive”
“Justiciary held in the tolbooth of Aberdeen, to answer to the undermentioned charges: --”
“He remembered that Diana Vernon had left the library and immediately returned with the letter which was afterwards claimed by Rob Roy in the tolbooth of Glasgow.”
“Syne I called up Mattie and bade her light the lamp and convoy me down to the tolbooth.”
“Bolts were drawn, whispers passed in Gaelic, and presently Frank and his companion stood both of them in the vestibule of the tolbooth or public prison of Glasgow.”
“The men threw themselves down before the escaped Chief, clasping his knees, and, as it were, worshipping him with eyes and lips, much as poor Dougal had done in the Glasgow tolbooth.”
“The next morning at the Bailie's hospitable table, Frank Osbaldistone met Mr. Owen -- but altogether another Owen from him of the tolbooth -- neat, formal, and well brushed as ever, though still in the lowest of spirits about the misfortunes of the house.”
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