Halloween at the Tolbooth Museum

It was a wet and windy night at the Tolbooth on Monday when the ghost of former Tolbooth jailer Adam Hood and the ghost of Jenny, the last witch to be hanged on Black Hill, made an appearance and told stories to the 1st Stonehaven Brownies.

It was a wet and windy night at the Tolbooth on Monday when the ghost of former Tolbooth jailer Adam Hood and the ghost of Jenny, the last witch to be hanged on Black Hill, made an appearance and told stories to the 1st Stonehaven Brownies.

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There was something spooky going on at The Tolbooth museum this week when the 1st Stonehaven Brownies were visited by the museums very own ghost, former Tolbooth jailer, Adam Hood.

The Brownies who were brave enough to stick around, were entertained by the Ghosts spooky stories of his time at the jail. The organiser of the night, and Friend of the Tolbooth, Phil Mills-Bishop said: “In reality Adam is part time amateur actor Gary Brindley whom in his saner moments is a Maths lecture at The RGU. I created the Tolbooth Ghost as one of a series of innovative ideas, developed over the Summer, to bring the Tolbooth Museum alive and exciting to locals, visitors and in particular children, all of whom “voted with their feet” with record numbers recorded. The Ghost recounts historical fact from the Black Book of Kincardinshire where those who were incarcerated in the Tolbooth are detailed it’s a fun way for the Brownies to learn about, history, culture and the Museum particularly during Halloween. It will also contribute to their “badge” work. All the Brownies who attend will also be made a Tolbooth Ambassador” Kerry Mitchel, Co-leader 1st Stonehaven Brownies said: “The Brownies are very grateful to Phil for overcoming all the issues and organising a really “magic” evening that will not be forgotten also the farsightedness of Lorraine Grant and Willie Munro for letting this unusual event go ahead. I am also very pleased to know that the Tolbooth Museum will remain open, and that it is becoming a fun venue for children and families, as this will hopefully help to sustain the Museum and keep Stonehaven’s culture, historic artefacts alive and in Stonehaven. Also by engaging children in their history in a fun way it will ensure that local history is passed down to future generations and not just dismissed as boring”.