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Cateran Ecomuseum

Wool Market

At the top of the town, where several drove roads converge, lies the  old Woolmarket, the street sign still bearing this name. Livestock fairs took place here and in the vicinity of West Quarter Farm and surrounding lanes.

In the Woolmarket, as in all burgh market places, there was a custom house where the tron was kept. This was a weighing beam which standardised weights and measurements, partly to collect the correct taxation on goods, and partly to stop unscrupulous merchants short-changing citizens. It was used to weigh wool and other items and was operated by the agent of the feudal superior, latterly the Earl of Airlie.

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