The Tolbooth (1629) has functioned as a prison, town hall, and courthouse. Out front is the MercatCross, from 1610, while inside is a memorial to John Paul Jones (1747-92), the gardener's son from Kirkbean, who became a slave trader, a privateer, and, eventually, the father of the American navy. For a time before his emigration, he was imprisoned for murder here. In 1993, Queen Elizabeth inaugurated the building as a gallery displaying paintings by famous local artists. You'll find works by Jessie M. King, Lena Alexander, Robert Sivell, and S. J. Peploe.