Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum
In the 1870s Robert Burns was a frequent visitor to Sanquhar. When he was renovating Ellisland Farm in 1788 he often passed through on his way back to his wife Jean in Ayrshire. Afterwards he became a well known face because of his Excise duties. Burns called the town Black Joan in his ballad The Five Carlins in which he represents local burghs as characters. Sanquhar Tolbooth, built in 1735 was a familiar landmark to Burns and is now a museum of local history. The nearby Post Office, with its distinctive bay window front, is the oldest working post office in the world, having served a postal function continually since at least 1712. This too is open to visitors.

Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum
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