Bygone Punishments
by William Andrews
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At Wootton Bassett there was a tumbrel, which, until within the last few years, was perfect. The chair is still preserved by the corporation of that town. We give a drawing of it from the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine. It will be seen from the picture that the machine, when complete, consisted of a chair, a pair of wheels, two long poles forming shafts, and a rope attached to each shaft, at about a foot from the end. The person to be ducked was tied in the chair, and the machine pushed into a pond called the Weirpond, and the shafts being let go, the scold was lifted backwards into the water, the shafts flying up, and being recovered again by means of the ropes attached to them. The chair is of oak, and bears the date of 1686 on the back. In some places, millers, if detected stealing corn, were placed in the tumbrel.

The wheels of a tumbrel are preserved in the old church of St. Mary's, Warwick, and the chair, it is said, is still in the possession of an inhabitant of the town.

At Kingston-upon-Thames ducking was not infrequent. The Chamberlain's accounts include many items relating to the subject. We are disposed to believe, from the mention of three wheels, in a payment made in 1572, that here the engine of punishment was a tumbrel. The following amounts were paid in 1572:

The making of the cucking-stool 8s. 0d. Iron work for the same 3s. 0d. Timber for the same 7s. 6d. Three brasses for the same, and three wheels 4s. 10d. —————— L1 3s. 4d.

In the London Evening Post, April 27th to 30th, 1745, it is stated: "Last week a woman who keeps the Queen's Head alehouse, at Kingston, in Surrey, was ordered by the court to be ducked for scolding, and was accordingly placed in the chair and ducked in the river Thames, under Kingston Bridge, in the presence of 2000 to 3000 people."

We have previously mentioned the fact that at Leicester the cucking-stool was in use as early as 1467, and from some valuable information brought together by Mr. William Kelly, F.S.A., and included in his important local works, we learn that the last entry he has traced in the old accounts of the town is the following:

1768-9. Paid Mr. Elliott for a Cuckstool by order of Hall L2 0s. 0d.

Mr. Kelly refers to the scolding cart at Leicester, and describes the culprit as seated upon it, and being drawn through the town. He found in the old accounts in 1629 an item:

Paid to Frauncis Pallmer for making two wheels and one barr for the Scolding Cart ijs.

Scolding Cart is another name for the tumbrel.

The latest example of Leicester cucking-stool is preserved in the local museum, and was placed there at the suggestion of Mr. Kelly.

The Leominster ducking-stool is one of the few examples still preserved. It was formerly kept in the parish church. We have an excellent drawing of it in that building from the pencil of the genial author of "Verdant Green," Cuthbert Bede. The Rev. Geo. Fyler Townsend, M.A., the erudite historian of Leominster, furnishes us with some important information on this interesting relic of the olden time. He says that it is a machine of the simplest construction, "It consists merely of a strong narrow under framework, placed on four wheels, of solid wood, about four inches in thickness, and eighteen in diameter. At one end of this framework two upright posts, about three feet in height, strongly embedded in the platform, carry a long movable beam. Each of the arms of this beam are of equal length (13 feet), and balance perfectly from the top of the post. The culprit placed in the seat naturally weighs down that one end into the water, while the other is lifted up in the air; men, however, with ropes, caused the uplifted end to rise or fall, and thus obtain a perfect see-saw. The purchase of the machine is such that the culprit can be launched forth some 16 to 18 feet into the pond or stream, while the administrators of the ducking stand on dry land. This instrument was mentioned in the ancient documents of the borough by various names, as the cucking-stoole or timbrill, or gumstole."

The latest recorded instance of the ducking-stool being used in England occurred at Leominster. In 1809, says Mr. Townsend, a woman, Jenny Pipes, alias Jane Corran, was paraded through the town on the ducking-stool, and actually ducked in the water near Kenwater Bridge, by order of the magistrates. An eye witness gave his testimony to the desert of the punishment inflicted on this occasion, in the fact that the first words of the culprit on being unfastened from the chair were oaths and curses on the magistrates. In 1817, a woman named Sarah Leeke was wheeled round the town in the chair, but not ducked, as the water was too low. Since this time, the use of the chair has been laid aside, and it is an object of curiosity, rather than of fear, to any of the spectators. During the recent restoration of Leominster Church, the ducking-stool was removed, repaired, and renovated by Mr. John Hungerford Arkwright, and is now kept at the borough gaol of the historically interesting town of Leominster.

The early English settlers in the United States introduced many of the manners and customs of their native land. The ducking-stool was soon brought into use. Mr. Henry M. Brooks, in his carefully written work, called "Strange and Curious Punishments," published in 1886, by Ticknor & Co., of Boston, gives many important details respecting punishing scolds. At the present time, in some parts of America, scolding females are liable to be punished by means of the ducking-stool. We gather from a newspaper report that in 1889, the grand jury of Jersey City—across the Hudson River from New York—caused a sensation by indicting Mrs. Mary Brady as a "common scold." Astonished lawyers hunted up their old books, and discovered that scolding is still an indictable offence in New Jersey, and that the ducking-stool is still available as a punishment for it, not having been specifically abolished when the revised statutes were adopted. In Delaware, the State next to the south of New Jersey, the whipping-post is an institution, and prisoners are sentenced to suffer at it every week. The Common Scold Law was brought from England to Connecticut by the Puritans and settlers, and from Connecticut they carried it with them into New Jersey, which is incorrectly considered a Dutch state. In closing this chapter, we may state that a Dalziel telegram from Ottawa, published in the London newspapers of August 8th, 1890, says that Miss Annie Pope was yesterday charged before a police magistrate, under the provisions of an antiquated statute, for being a "common scold." She was committed for trial at the assizes, as the magistrate had no ducking-stool.


[42] Boyle's "Hedon," 1895.

The Brank, or Scold's Bridle.

The brank was an instrument employed by our forefathers for punishing scolds. It is also sometimes called the gossip's bridle, and in the Macclesfield town records it is designated "a brydle for a curste queane." In the term "queane" we have the old English synonym for a woman; now the chief woman, the Queen. The brank is not of such great antiquity as the ducking-stool, for the earliest mention of it we have been able to find in this country is in the Corporation records of Macclesfield, of the year 1623. At an earlier period, we have traces of it in Scotland. In Glasgow burgh records, it is stated that in 1574 two scolds were condemned to be "branket." The Kirk-session records of Stirling for 1600 mention the "brankes" as a punishment for the shrew. It is generally believed that the punishment is of Continental origin.

The brank may be described simply as an iron framework which was placed on the head, enclosing it in a kind of cage; it had in front a plate of iron, which, either sharpened or covered with spikes, was so situated as to be placed in the mouth of the victim, and if she attempted to move her tongue in any way whatever, it was certain to be shockingly injured. With a brank on her head she was conducted through the streets, led by a chain, held by one of the town's officials, an object of contempt, and subjected to the jeers of the crowd and often left to their mercy. In some towns it was the custom to chain the culprit to the pillory, whipping-post, or market-cross. She thus suffered for telling her mind to some petty tyrant in office, or speaking plainly to a wrong-doer, or for taking to task a lazy, and perhaps a drunken husband.

In Yorkshire, we have only seen two branks. We give a sketch of one formerly in possession of the late Norrisson Scatcherd, F.S.A., the historian of Morley. It is now in the Leeds Philosophical Museum, where it attracts considerable attention. It is one of the most simple and harmless examples that has come under our notice. Amongst the relics of the olden time in the Museum of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, York, is another specimen, equally simple in its construction. It was presented by Lady Thornton to the Society in 1880, and near it may be seen thumb-screws from York Castle; leg bar, waist girdle, and wrist shackles, worn by the notorious highwayman, Dick Turpin, executed April 17th, 1739; and a leg bar, worn by another notorious highwayman, named Nevison, who suffered death on the gallows, May 4th, 1684.

The brank which has received the greatest attention is the one preserved in the vestry of Walton-on-Thames Parish Church. It bears the date of 1632, and the following couplet:—

"Chester presents Walton with a bridle To curb women's tongues that talk too idle."

It is traditionally said that this brank was given to Walton Parish by a person named Chester, who had, through a gossiping and lying woman of his acquaintance, lost an estate he expected to inherit from a rich relative. We are enabled to give an illustration of the Walton brank.

Dr. T. N. Brushfield described in an exhaustive manner all the Cheshire branks, in an able paper read before the Architectural, Archaeological, and Historic Society of Chester, and published in 1858. We are unable to direct attention to all the branks noticed by Dr. Brushfield, but cannot refrain from presenting the following account of the one at Congleton, which is preserved in the Town Hall of that ancient borough. "It was," we are informed, "formerly in the hands of the town jailor, whose services were not infrequently called into requisition. In the old-fashioned, half-timbered houses in the borough, there was generally fixed on one side of the large open fire-places a hook, so that, when a man's wife indulged her scolding propensities, the husband sent for the town jailor to bring the bridle, and had her bridled and chained to the hook until she promised to behave herself better for the future. I have seen one of these hooks, and have often heard husbands say to their wives: 'If you don't rest with your tongue I'll send for the bridle and hook you up.' The Mayor and Justices frequently brought the instrument into use; for when women were brought before them charged with street-brawling, and insulting the constables and others while in the discharge of their duty, they have ordered them to be bridled and led through the borough by the jailor. The last time this bridle was publicly used was in 1824, when a woman was brought before the Mayor (Bulkeley Johnson, Esq.) one Monday, charged with scolding and using harsh language to the churchwardens and constables as they went, on the Sunday morning, round the town to see that all the public-houses were empty and closed during divine service. On examination, a Mr. Richard Edwards stated on oath that on going round the town with the churchwardens on the previous day, they met the woman (Ann Runcorn) in a place near 'The Cockshoot,' and that immediately seeing them she commenced a sally of abuse, calling them all the scoundrels and rogues she could lay her tongue to; and telling them 'it would look better of them if they would look after their own houses rather than go looking after other folk's, which were far better than their own.' After other abuse of a like character, they thought it only right to apprehend her, and so brought her before the Bench on the following day. The Mayor then delivered the following sentence: 'That it is the unanimous decision of the Mayor and Justices that the prisoner (Ann Runcorn) there and then have the town's bridle for scolding women put upon her, and that she be led by the magistrate's clerk's clerk through every street in the town, as an example to all scolding women; and that the Mayor and magistrates were much obliged to the churchwardens for bringing the case before them.'" "In this case," Mr. Warrington, who furnished Dr. Brushfield with the foregoing information, adds: "I both heard the evidence and saw the decision carried out. The bridle was put on the woman, and she was then led through the town by one Prosper Haslam, the town clerk's clerk, accompanied by hundreds of the inhabitants; and on her return to the Town Hall the bridle was taken off in the presence of the Mayor, magistrates, constables, churchwardens, and assembled inhabitants."

In Cheshire, at the present time, there are traces of thirteen branks, and at Stockport is the most brutal example of the English branks. "It will be observed," says the local historian, Dr. Henry Heginbotham, J.P., "that the special characteristic of this brank is the peculiar construction of the tongue-plate or gag. It is about two inches long, having at the end, as may be seen in the engraving, a ball, into which is inserted a number of sharp iron pins, three on the upper surface, three on the lower, and two pointing backwards. These could not fail to pin the tongue, and effectually silence the noisiest brawler. At the fore part of the collar, there is an iron chain, with a leathern thong attached, by which the offender was led for public gaze through the market-place." It was formerly on market days exhibited in front of the house of the person who had charge of it, as a warning to scolding or swearing women. Dr. Heginbotham states that: "There is no evidence of its having been actually used for many years, but there is testimony to the fact, that within the last forty years the brank was brought to a termagant market woman, who was effectually silenced by its threatened application."

We are indebted to Mr. Alfred Burton for a drawing of the Macclesfield brank. Dr. Brushfield describes this as "a respectable-looking brank." He tells us that "the gag is plain, and the end of it is turned down; there is only one band which passes over the head, and is hinged to the hoops; a temporary joint exists at the upper part, and ample provision is made for readily adjusting it to any description of head. The chain still remains attached to the hoop. About the year 1858, Mr. Swinnerton informed Dr. Brushfield that he had never seen it used, but that at the petty sessions it had often been produced in terrorem, to stay the volubility of a woman's tongue; and that a threat by a magistrate to order its appliance had always proved sufficient to abate the garrulity of the most determined scold."

Towards the close of the first quarter of the present century, the brank was last used at Altrincham. A virago, who caused her neighbours great trouble, was frequently cautioned in vain respecting her conduct, and as a last resource she was condemned to walk through the town wearing the brank. She refused to move, and it was finally decided to wheel her in a barrow through the principal streets of the town, round the market-place, and to her own home. The punishment had the desired effect, and for the remainder of her life she kept a quiet tongue.

There are many traces of the brank in Lancashire. Mr. W. E. A. Axon informs us that his father remembers the brank being used at Manchester at the commencement of the present century. Kirkham had its brank for scolds, in addition to a ducking-stool. We find, in the same county, traces of the brank at Holme, in the Forest of Rossendale. In the accounts of the Greave for the Forest of Rossendale for 1691-2 is an entry of the true antiquarian cast:

Item, for a Bridle for scouldinge women, 2s. 6d.

In "Some Obsolete Peculiarities of English Law," by William Beamont, the author gives particulars respecting the Warrington brank. "Hanging up in our museum," says Mr. Beamont, "may be seen a representation of a withered female face wearing the brank or scold's bridle; one of which instruments, as inflexible as iron and ingenuity can make it, for keeping an unruly tongue quiet by mechanical means, hangs up beside it; and almost within the time of living memory, Cicily Pewsill, an inmate of the workhouse, and a notorious scold, was seen wearing this disagreeable head-gear in the streets of Warrington for half-an-hour or more.... Cicily Pewsill's case still lingers in tradition, as the last occasion of its application in Warrington, and it will soon pass into history."

The Rev. J. Clay told Mr. William Dobson that since his connection with Preston House of Correction the brank was put on a woman there, but the matter coming to the knowledge of the Home Secretary, its further use was prohibited, and to make sure of the barbarous practice being discontinued the brank itself was ordered to be sent to London. A second brank was kept in the prison, principally formed of leather, but with an iron tongue-piece.[43]

At the north country town of Morpeth a brank is still preserved. The following is a record of its use: "Dec. 3, 1741, Elizabeth, wife of George Holborn, was punished with the branks for two hours, at the Market Cross, Morpeth, by order of Mr. Thomas Gait and Mr. George Nicholls, then bailiffs, for scandalous and opprobrious language to several persons in the town, as well as to the said bailiffs."

Staffordshire supplies several notable examples of the brank. They were formerly kept at Hamstall Ridware, Beaudesart, Lichfield, Walsall, and at Newcastle-under-Lyme. The branks in the two towns last named are alluded to by the celebrated Dr. Plot, the old historian of the county, in an amusing manner. "We come to the arts that respect mankind," says Plot, "amongst which, as elsewhere, the civility of precedence must be allowed to the woman, and that as well in punishments as favours. For the former, whereof they have such a peculiar artifice at Newcastle [under Lyme] and Walsall for correcting of scolds, which it does, too, so effectually and so very safely, that I look upon it as much to be preferred to the cucking-stool, which not only endangers the health of the party, but also gives her tongue liberty 'twixt every dip, to neither of which is this at all liable, it being such a bridle for the tongue as not only quite deprives them of speech, but brings shame for the transgression, and humility thereupon, before 'tis taken off. Which, being an instrument scarce heard of, much less seen, I have here presented it to the reader's view [here follows a reference to a plate] as it was taken from the original one, made of iron, at Newcastle-under-Lyme, wherein the letter a shows the jointed collar that comes round the neck; b, c, the loops and staples to let it out and in, according to the bigness and slenderness of the neck; d, the jointed semicircle that comes over the head, made forked at one end to let through the nose, and e, the plate-iron that is put into the mouth and keeps down the tongue. Which, being put upon the offender by order of the magistrate, and fastened with a padlock behind, she is led through the town by an officer, to her shame, nor is it taken off until after the party begins to show all external signs imaginable of humiliation and amendment." This brank afterwards passed into the hands of Mr. Joseph Mayer, F.S.A. founder of the Museum at Liverpool.

It is pleasing to record the fact that there is only trace of one brank belonging to Derbyshire—a circumstance which speaks well for its men and women. The latter have for a long period borne exemplary characters. Philip Kinder, in the preface of his projected "History of Derbyshire," written about the middle of the seventeenth century, alludes to them. "The country-women here," says Kinder, "are chaste and sober, and very diligent in their housewifery; they hate idleness, love and obey their husbands; only in some of the great towns many of the seeming sanctificators used to follow the Presbyterian gang, and on a lecture day put on their best rayment, and doo hereby take occasion to goo a gossipping. Your merry wives of Bentley will sometimes look in ye glass, chirpe a cupp merrily, yet not indecently. In the Peak they are much given to dance after the bagpipes—almost every towne hath a bagpipe in it." "The Chesterfield brank," says Mr. Llewellyn Jewitt, "is a remarkably good example, and has the additional interest of bearing a date. It is nine inches in height, and six inches and three-quarters across the hoop. It consists of a hoop of iron, hinged on either side and fastening behind, and a band, also of iron, passing over the head from back to front, and opening in front to admit the nose of the woman whose misfortune it was to wear it. The mode of putting it on would be thus: the brank would be opened by throwing back the sides of the hoop, and the hinder part of the band by means of the hinges, C, F, F. The constable, or other official, would then stand in front of his victim, and force the knife, or plate, A, into her mouth, the divided band passing on either side of the nose, which would protrude through the opening, B. The hoop would then be closed behind, the band brought down from the top to the back of the head, and fastened down upon it, at E, and thus the cage would at once be firmly and immovably fixed so long as her tormentors might think fit. On the left side is a chain, D, one end of which is attached to the hoop, and at the other end is a ring, by which the victim was led, or by which she was, at pleasure, attached to a post or wall. On front of the brank are the initials 'T.C.,' and the date '1688'—the year of the 'Glorious Revolution'—the year of all years memorable in the annals of Chesterfield and the little village of Whittington, closely adjoining, in which the Revolution was planned. Strange that an instrument of brutal and tyrannical torture should be made and used at Chesterfield at the same moment that the people should be plotting for freedom at the same place. The brank was formerly in the old poor-house at Chesterfield, and came into the hands of Mr. Weale, the assistant Poor-law Commissioner, who presented it to Lady Walsham. It is (August, 1860) still in the hands of Sir John Walsham, Bart., and the drawing from which the accompanying woodcut is executed was kindly made and furnished to me by Miss Dulcy Bell, Sir John's sister-in-law."[44]

The Leicester brank is similar to the one at Chesterfield. At the back of the hoop is a chain about twelve inches long. It was formerly kept in the Leicester borough gaol.

In the year 1821, Judge Richardson gave orders for a brank to be destroyed which was kept ready and most probably frequently used at the County Hall, Nottingham. We gather from a note furnished by Mr. J. Potter Briscoe a curious circumstance in connection with this brank—that it was used to subdue the unruly tongues of the sterner sex, as well as those of noisy females. James Brodie, a blind beggar who was executed on the 15th July, 1799, for the murder of his boy-guide, in the Nottingham Forest, was the last person punished with the brank. During his imprisonment, prior to execution, he was so noisy that the brank was called into requisition, to do what he refused to do himself, namely, to hold his tongue.

Here is a picture of a brank formerly in the possession of the late Mr. F. A. Carrington, the well-known antiquary. It is supposed to belong to the period of William III. Mr. Carrington could not give any history of this curious relic of the olden time.

At Doddington Park, Lincolnshire, a brank is preserved, and is of a decidedly foreign appearance. It will be noticed that it bears some resemblance to the peculiar long-snouted visor of the bascinets, occasionally worn in the reign of Richard II. No historical particulars are known respecting this grotesque brank.

In the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford, a curious brank may be seen. It is not recorded in the catalogue of the collection by whom it was presented, or where it was previously used; it is described as "a gag or brank, formerly used with the ducking-stool, as a punishment for scolds." It will be noticed that a chain is attached to the front of this brank, so that the poor unfortunate woman, in addition to being gagged, had the mortification of being led by the nose through the town. The gag is marked a, and b is the aperture for the nose.

A curious engine of torture may be seen in the Ludlow Museum, and we give an illustration of it. It belongs to a class of engines far more formidable than branks. A description of this head-piece appears in the Archaeological Journal for September, 1856, from the pen of Mr. W. J. Bernard Smith. "The powerful screwing apparatus," says Mr. Smith, "seems calculated to force the iron mask with torturing effect upon the brow of the victim; there are no eye-holes, but concavities in their places, as though to allow for the starting of the eye-balls under violent pressure. There is a strong bar with a square hole, evidently intended to fasten the criminal against a wall, or perhaps to the pillory; and I have heard it said that these instruments were used to keep the head steady during the infliction of branding." A curious instrument of punishment, belonging to the same class as that at Ludlow, is described at some length, with an illustration, in "Worcester in Olden Times," by John Noake (London, 1849). The picture and description have been frequently reproduced.

Several Shropshire branks remain at the present time. The one at Shrewsbury does not appear to be of any great antiquity. Its form is simple and its character harmless. This bridle was at one time in constant use in Shrewsbury, and there are those yet living whose memories are sufficiently good to carry them back to the days when the effects of the application of the brank in question were to be seen, rather than, as now, imagined. The year cannot be ascertained when this brank was first worn, but it is known to have been last used in 1846.[45]

At Oswestry are two branks, one belonging to the Corporation, and the other is in the store-room of the Workhouse. The Rector of Whitchurch has in his possession a brank, which was formerly used by the town and union authorities. At Market Drayton are two branks: one is the property of the Lord of the Manor, and the other formerly belonged to the Dodcot Union. The Market Drayton brank, and also the one at Whitchurch, have on each a revolving wheel at the end of the gag or tongue-plate. In bygone times, the brank was frequently used for correcting unmanageable paupers.

At Edinburgh, in the Museum of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, is a brank said to be from a town in East Fifeshire, having a rowel-shaped gag. In the year 1560, it was decided by the Town Council of Edinburgh, that all persons found guilty of blasphemy should be punished by the iron brank. In North Britain, it appears to have been used for punishing persons guilty of immorality. On the 7th October, the Kirk-Session of Canongate sentenced David Persoun, convicted of this offence, to be "brankit for four hours," while his associate in guilt, Isobel Mountray, was "banisit the gait," that is, expelled from the parish. Only a week previously, the same Kirk-Session had issued a proclamation that all women found guilty of this lawlessness "be brankit six houris at the croce."

We close this chapter by directing attention to the Bishop's brank, kept at St. Andrews, respecting which a singular story is told. A woman in a humble walk of life, named Isabel Lindsay, stood up in the parish church of St. Andrews, during the time of divine service, when Archbishop Sharp was preaching, and declared that when he was a college student he was guilty of an illicit amour with her. She was arrested for this statement, and brought before the Kirk-Sessions, and by its members sentenced "to appear for a succession of Sundays on the repentance stool, wearing the brank."


[43] Dobson's "Preston in the Olden Time," 1857.

[44] "The Reliquary," October, 1860.

[45] Morris's "Obsolete Punishments of Shropshire."

Riding the Stang.

The ancient custom of riding the stang still lingers in some remote parts of the country. Holding delinquents up to ridicule was a favourite mode of punishment practised by our forefathers, and riding the stang was the means generally employed for punishing husbands who beat their wives, or allowed themselves to be henpecked, or were profligate in their conduct. There are various designations for the custom. In Yorkshire, riding the stang is the name used; in Scotland the same term is applied; in the South of England skimmington-riding is the title generally employed, and on the Continent it is known by other appellations.

The mode of carrying out the ceremony is as follows: A man having beaten his wife, the young men of the village assume the attitude of public censors, and arrangements are made for riding the stang three nights in succession. A trumpeter blows his horn loud and long as day gives way to night, and the villagers are brought together. A pole or a ladder is procured, and the most witty man in the village is placed thereon, mounted shoulder-high, and carried in great state through the streets. In one hand he has a large key or stick, and in the other a dripping-pan, and leads the music of the crowd. Men, women, and children join in the fun, and beat kettles, pans, pots, or anything else that will make a noise; tin whistles, horns, and trumpets are blown, the noise produced being better imagined than described. As soon as all is ready, a start is made, and about every fifty yards the procession stops, and the mounted man proclaims at the top of his voice a rhyme suited to the nature of the offence, somewhat as follows:

"Ran, tan, tan; ran, tan, tan, To the sound of this pan; This is to give notice that Tom Trotter Has beaten his good woman! For what, and for why? Because she ate when she was hungry, And drank when she was dry. Ran, tan, ran, tan, tan; Hurrah—hurrah! for this good wo-man! He beat her, he beat her, he beat her indeed, For spending a penny when she had need. He beat her black, he beat her blue; When Old Nick gets him, he'll give him his due; Ran, tan, tan; ran, tan, tan; We'll send him there in this old frying-pan; Hurrah—hurrah! for his good wo-man!"

We have an example noted at Sutton, near Hull, in August, 1877. It was given with great spirit by a youth, mounted after the customary manner on a ladder, to the evident enjoyment of a large gathering of the inhabitants, who were enraged at the brutal treatment of a woman by her husband:

"Here we come with a ran, dan, dang: It's not for you, nor for me, we ride this stang; But for ——, whose wife he did bang. He banged her, he banged her, he banged her indeed: He banged her, poor creature, before she stood need. He took up neither tipstaff nor stower, But with his fist he knocked her backwards ower; He kicked her, he punched her, till he made her cry, And to finish all, he gave her a black eye. Now, all you good people that live in this row, We would have you take warning, for this is our law: If any of you, your wives you do bang, We're sure, we're sure, to ride you the stang."

"Last night," says the Sunderland Daily Post of March 1st, 1887, "some excitement was caused in Northallerton by the celebration of the old custom of 'riding the stang,' which is to expose some one guilty of gross immoral practices, and of a breach of sacred matrimonial rights. Some hundreds of people followed the conveyance, in which two effigies were erected and exhibited through the principal streets. At intervals, a person in the conveyance shouted out in rhyme their object, and said they fully intended to make a complete celebration of the custom, which is to 'ride the stang' three nights in succession, and on the last night to burn the effigies on the green near the church."

The stang was ridden at the ancient town of Hedon, 18th, 19th, and 20th February, 1889.

The house of the culprit is visited several times each night, and the proceedings kept up three nights in succession, and a circuit of the church is also made, as it is believed that those taking part in the ceremony will not be amenable to the law, if they do not omit this part of the custom. If the offence is a very serious one, the offender is burnt in effigy before his own door. In the olden days, the offender himself was often compelled to ride the stang.

Several of the old poets refer to this ancient usage. Allan Ramsay, in one of his poems, published in 1721, says:

"They frae a barn a kaber raught And mounted wi' a bang, Betwisht twa's shoulders, and sat straught, Upon't and rade the stang On her that day."

Mr. Geo. Roberts, of Lyme Regis, forwarded to Sir Walter Scott some interesting notes on skimmington-riding. He informed Sir Walter that in the South of England: "About dusk two individuals, one armed with a skimmer and the other with a ladle, came out of some obscure street attended by a crowd, whose laughter, huzzas, etc., emulate the well-known charivari of the French. The two performers are sometimes in a cart, at other times on a donkey; one personating the wife, the other the husband. They beat each other furiously with the culinary weapons above described, and, warmed by the applause and presence of so many spectators (for all turn out to see a skimmington), their dialogue attains a freedom, except using surnames, only comparable with their gestures. On arriving at the house of the parties represented in the moving drama, animation is at its height: the crowd usually stay at the spot some minutes, and then traverse the town. The performers are remunerated by the spectators: the parties who parade the streets with the performers sweep with brooms the doors of those who are likely to require a similar visitation."

Dr. King, in his "Miscellany," thus refers to the subject:

"When the young people ride the skimmington, There is a general trembling in the town; Not only he for whom the party rides Suffers, but they sweep other doors besides; And by the hieroglyphic does appear That the good woman is the master there."

According to Douce, skimmington is derived from skimming-ladle, used in the ceremony.

In Butler's "Hudibras," considerable attention is paid to the custom. A few of the lines are as follow:

"And now the cause of all their fear, By slow degrees approached so near, Of horns, and pans, and dogs, and boys, And kettle-drums whose sullen dub, Sounds like the hooping of a tub; . . . And followed with a world of tall lads, That merry ditties troll'd and ballads. . . . Next pans and kettles of all keys, From trebles down to double base: . . . And at fit periods the whole rout Set up their throat with clamorous shout."

A notice of an old Welsh ceremony appeared in the Liverpool Mercury on March 15th, 1887, and it will not be without interest to reproduce it. "That ancient Welsh custom," says the writer, "now nearly obsolete, known as riding the ceffyl pren—Anglice, 'wooden-horse'—and intended to operate as a wholesome warning to faithless wives and husbands, was revived on Saturday night in an Anglesey village some three miles from Llangefni. The individual who had drawn upon himself the odium of his neighbours had parted from his wife, and was alleged to be persistent in his attentions to another female. On Saturday night a large party surrounded the house, and compelled him to get astride a ladder, carrying him shoulder-high through the village, stopping at certain points to allow the womankind to wreak their vengeance upon him. This amusement was kept up for some time until the opportune arrival of a sergeant of police from Llangefni, who rescued the unlucky wight."


Aberdeen, jougs at, 180

Abusing a mistress, 179

Admiralty of the Humber, Court of the, 3-5

Adultery, 232-241

Alban, burnt to death, 98

Aldbury stocks, 200

Alfreton, 143

Alive, gibbeted, 58, 76-77

Altrincham, 284

American punishments, 206-207, 274-275

Anglo-Saxon punishments, 41, 186

Applegirth, jougs at, 183

Aram, Eugene, 53-55

Argyle, Earl of, 132

Ascham, R., 177

Ashby-de-la-Zouch, finger pillory at, 171-172

Ashton-under-Lyne, 174

Athens, books burnt at, 159

Attempted murder, last execution for, 38

Attwood, Wm., 169

Balmerino, Lord, 115

Banishing women, 250

Bank note not to be imitated, 33

Bank Restriction Barometer, 35

Barnsley, whipping at, 216-217

Barrock, gibbet at, 58

Battle Abbey, abbot of, 1

Bawtry, saddler of, 12

Baynard's Castle, 95

Beaudesart, finger-pillory at, 173

Becket, murder of, 227

Beggars' Litany, 118

Beheading, 4, 108-117

Bellman at Newgate, 12

Benefit of Clergy, 139

Beverley stocks, 193

Bewick's gibbets, 78

Bible burnt, 160

Bierton, gibbet at, 55

Black Isle, penance at, 241

Blasphemer in the pillory, 156

Boiling to death, 106-107

Bolas, Robert and William, 46-48

Boleyn, Anne, 109, 111

Boleyn, George, 111

Bowl, St. Giles's, 11

Bradford ducking-stool, 259

Bramhall stocks, 199

Branding, 138-142

Brandreth, Turner, and Ludlam, execution of, 81-85

Brank, or scold's bridle, 276-298

Bridlington jougs, 181, 184; pillory, 152

Brigg, inhabitants of, petitioning against a gibbet, 73

Broadwater ducking-stool, 255

Broughton, Spence, gibbeted, 67

Bullingham Court, 225

Burnham, 218

Burning books, 159-175

Burning to death, 98-105

Bury St. Edmunds, curious epitaph at, 31; execution at, for robbery, 31

Cambridge, ducking-stool, 247; trials at, 89

Candles, flogging with, 209

Canterbury, More's head buried at, 111; pillory, 150

Cart tail, whipping at, 210, 219, 221, 222

Carted out of the town, 182

Cato Street conspirators, 85

Charles I. beheaded, 108

Cheapside pillory, 147, 148

Chelmsford, gibbeting at, 101

Cheshire branks, 279

Chester cucking-stool, 244; thewe, 245

Chesterfield brank, 290; ducking-stool, 262

Chevin, near Belper, gibbets on, 72; set on fire, 72

Children, whipping, at executions, 224

China, Cang in, 157-158

Chippenham, gibbet at, 60

Clever Tom Clinch, 13

Clipping coin, hanged for, 2

Clova, jougs at, 184-185

Cobham, Eleanor, penance of, 228-230

Coffins conveyed with criminals to the gallows, 37

Coleshill whipping-post, 222-223

Colleen Bawn, 17-18

Collingbourne, 161

Collingham, gallows at, 1-2

Congleton brank, 279

Constable, gibbeted at Hull, 43

Cook, James, last man gibbeted, 75

Cornhill pillory, 146

Cornwall, 244

Cost of an Execution, 23-24

Coventry ducking-stool, 252

Cromwell, Thomas, 111

Cruikshank on executions, 31-34

Crusaders punished by drowning, 95

Cucking-Stool, 244

Dame's school finger pillory, 174-175

Danes, mutilation under the, 135

Daventry ducking-stool, 251

Defoe, Daniel, 166-168

Deplorable conduct of hangman, 29

Derby, trial for high treason at, 80-85; curious story, 58; ducking-stool, 262; gibbet, 57-58

Derbyshire, gibbets in, 42; women, 289

Devil's punch bowl, 61

Devonshire, 215

Diary of a lady of quality, 224-226

Dinners after executions, 25

Ditton, penance at, 238

Doddington Park, brank at, 293

Doncaster whipping-post, 115

Dowe, Robert, 12

Driffield, pillory at, 152

Driven in own carriage to execution, 16

Drowning, 95-97

Drummed out of a town, 181

Drunkard's cloak, 201-208

Drunkards put in stocks, 191-198

Ducking-Stool, 243-275

Duddingston, jougs at, 185

Dudley, Lord, 109

Dumfries, hangman's dues, 25-29; jougs at, 179

Dundee, 240

Durham, penance at, 232

Duval, Claude, 13

East Ardsley ducking-stool, 259

East Clevedon, penance at, 238

Edinburgh branks, 297; penance at, 240

Essex, Earl of, 113

Executed for leaving open a gate, 2-3

Exeter, executions at, 2-3

Farewell address, strange, 22-23

Feasting at funerals, 24

Fenwick, jougs at, 183

Ferrers, Earl, 17

Finger-Pillory, 171-175

First Book of Discipline, 239

First instance of hanging, drawing and quartering, 80

First private execution, 38

Fisher, John, 111

Floyde, Edward, 148

Forest laws, 135

Galashiels, jougs at, 183

Galston, 182

Gardner, Ralph, 202

Gaveston, Piers, 223

Germany, drunkard's cloak in, 205

Gibbeted alive, 58, 76-77

Gibbet and gallows in Ogilby's book, 39

Gibbet, cost of, 56

Gipsies, 138

Glasgow brank, 276

Gloucester, Duke of, 228

Godly butchery, 79

Gretton stocks, 195

Grey, Lady Jane, 109

Grinrod's ghost, 51-53

Haddon Hall, curious relic at, 208

Halifax gibbet, 118-127

Hanging, 1-38

Hanging, drawing, and quartering, 79-86

Hanging in chains, 39-78

Hangman's dues, 25-29

Hardwick, forest of, 118-127

Harris, Phoebe, 104

Harvest workmen and stocks, 200

Hayes, Catherine, 101

Hedon, riding stang at, 303; thewe at, 245

Helsby Tor, gibbet on, 64

Henry II., penance of, 226

Henry IV. of Germany, 228

Henry VIII., hanging reign, 3

Hereford, executions at, 30

Hertfordshire, gibbets in, 42, 50

Hind Head, gibbet at, 61-63

Holinshed's Chronicle, 118-119

Holland, drunkard's cloak in, 205

Horne, W. A., 16

Hornsea pennels, 55

Howard, Katherine, 109, 111

Hoyle's drawing of Halifax gibbet, 124

Hull ducking-stool, 256; gibbet, 43; Mayor, 4; penance, 232; pillory, 151; Prayer Book burnt, 163

Humber, Admiral of, 4

Insufficiency of pillory, action for, 157

Ipswich ducking-stool, 262-264, 265

Jarrow, gibbet at, 73-75

Jedburgh, 240

Jeffreys, Judge, 217

Jews hanged, 2

Johnson, Dr. S., 243

Jougs, the, 176-185

Keach, Benjamin, 164-166

Killed in the pillory, 156

Kilmarnock, Earl of, 115

Kilmaurs, jougs at, 183

King of the Peak, 5

King's Lynn, boiling to death, 106-107; burning to death, 99; ducking-stool, 266

Kingston-upon-Thames ducking-stool, 270

Kirkby ducking-stool, 261

Kirkham brank, 285

Kirton-in-Lindsey whipping-post, 223-224

Knaresborough Forest, Aram gibbeted at, 55

Labienus, 160

Lancaster Castle, 140

Last person burnt, 104

Last public execution, 38

Laud, Archbishop, 114

Leeds ducking-stool, 257

Legend of the hare, 8

Leicester brank, 292; cucking-stool, 244; ducking-stool, 271; gibbet, 75

Leighton, Dr., 162

Leominster ducking-stool, 271

Lesmahagow, jougs at, 182

Lichfield brank, 287

Lilburne, 163

Lincoln, burning to death at, 100

Lingard, Anthony, gibbeted, 68-71

Littlecote Hall, finger-pillory at, 172

Liverpool ducking-stool, 268

Lochcarron, penance at, 242

London, jougs at, 177

Lovat, Lord, 116-117

Ludlow brank, 295

Lynch law, 5

Macclesfield brank, 276, 282, 284

Mails, gibbeted for robbing, 60, 64, 70, 72

Manchester brank, 285; ducking-stool, 268; pillory, 152

Maritime laws, 3-5

Marlowe, Christopher, 161

Market Drayton brank, 297; stocks, 194

Mary Queen of Scots, execution of, 109

Melton Ross, gallows at, 8-11

Merrington, gibbet at, 44

Merton, jougs at, 183

Methven, Paul, 240

Midgley, Dr. S., 124

Miles's gibbet, 64-67

Milton's books burnt, 162

Misson on the ducking-stool, 246

Monasteries and the poor, 209

Monmouth, Duke of, 115

More, Sir Thomas, 111

Morley brank, 277; ducking-stool, 259

Morpeth brank, 286

Morton, Earl of, 128-131

Murphy, last person burnt, 105

Mutilation, 134-137

Nayler, Jas., 138-139

Neglecting to attend church, 183

Nevison, 278

Newbury stocks, 197

Newcastle-on-Tyne, brank at, 202; cruel magistrates, 204; drunkard's cloak at, 201-205; pillory, 150

Newcastle-under-Lyme brank, 287-288

Norfolk, Duke of, 112

North Aston, penance at, 234

North Briton, the, 169

North Cave, penance of Vicar, 232

Northallerton, riding stang at, 302

Northampton, branding, 141; hanging, 37; woman burnt to death, 101

Northumberland, Duke of, 112

Norwich ducking-stool, 264

Not raising his bonnet, 178

Nottingham brank, 292; ducking-stool, 265; funeral sermons, 34; hanging, 16; whipping, 219

Numa Pompilius, 159

Oates, Titus, 149

Ockam in the pillory, 145

Old Greyfriars, Edinburgh, 239

Ordeal of touch, 7

Oswestry brank, 296

Oxford brank, 294

Paisley, books burnt, 170; execution, 25; penance at, 241;

Parish registers at Halifax, 125

Paulmy, pillory at, 145-146

Peine forte et dure, 87-94

Pendleton Moor, gibbet at, 51-53

Pentrich, plot planned at, 80

Pepys, S., 148

Pillory, the, 143-158

Pirate gibbeted at Hornsea, 55

Plymouth ducking-stools, 266-268

Popish plot, 149

Prayer Book burnt, 163

Prayers at St. Sepulchre's Church, 13

Pressing to death, 87-94

Preston brank, 286; pillory, 152

Prynne, W., 163

Public executions, 38

Public penance, 227-238

Punishing Authors and Burning Books, 159-170

Pythagoras, 159

Raleigh, Sir Walter, 113

Ratcliff Highway, 247

Refusing to plead, 87-94

Repentance stool, 239-242

Riddle, a grim, 58

Riding the stang, 299-306

Ridware Beaudesart brank, 287

Rioting at executions, 14-16

Rizzio, murder of, 131

Rochester, Bishop of, 106-111

Rochford, Viscountess, 111

Rome, books burnt at, 159

Romilly, Sir Samuel, advocates humane reforms, 86

Roose boiled to death, 106

Ross, Sir William, 9

Rothesay, 179

Roxby, penance at, 233

Rugby ducking-stool, 254

Rushmere Heath, burning to death on, 103

Rye, gibbeting at, 48; pillory 154

Sabbath-breaking, 190

Sack-cloth, 239

Saddler of Bawtry, 12

Salisbury, Countess of, 112

Sancton, penance at, 237

Sandwich, drowning at, 96; ducking-stool, 248

Scarborough ducking-stool, 262-263

Scotch pedlars whipped, 216

Scotland, drowning, 96; gibbeting, 43; stocks in, 190

Scottish Maiden, 128-133

Scrooby, gibbet at, 59

Second statute of labourers, 187

Selby ducking-stool, 258

Servants, whipping, 224-226

Seymour, Lord, 112

Shakespeare and the stocks, 188-189

Shelley on an execution, 84

Shooting at a gibbeted man, 59

Shore, Jane, penance of, 230-232

Shrewsbury brank, 296

Shropshire Assizes, 136; gibbet, 46

Shrouds of condemned criminals, 34

Silken rope, 17-18

Sixteen-string Jack, 14

Skimmington-riding, 303

Skipton ducking-stool, 260; stocks, 198

Slaves branded, 138

Slight offences, executions for, 30

Somerset, Duke of, 112

Southam ducking-stool, 251

Splicing the rope, 25

St. Andrews, boy punished, 178; brank, 298

St. Paul's Churchyard, books burnt in, 160

St. Giles's bowl, 11

Stafford, Viscount, 114

Staffordshire branks, 287

Stanfield, Philip, 43

Stanningley stocks, 196

Stockport brank, 282; stocks, 200

Stocks, the, 186-200

Stokesley, penance at, 235-237

Stow, penance at, 241

Strafford, Earl of, 114

Strangeways, Major, 92-93

Stubbs, 161

Suffolk, Duke of, 112

Surrey, Earl of, 112

Sutton, riding stang at, 301

Swimming a witch, 50

Taylor on Halifax law, 122; on whipping-posts, 211

Thewe, 245

Thurlow, Lord, on the pillory, 155

Tolbooth, Edinburgh, 129

Tower of London, 110

Tring, gibbet at, 50-51

Tudor manners, 177

Tumbrel, 268

Tutor's Assistant, drawing by Cruikshank, 226

Tyburn, 11

Tyrwhitt, Robert, 9

Uckington Heath, gibbet on, 46

Upton Common, gibbet, 63

Vagrancy, 210

Vernon, Sir George, 5

Wakefield ducking-stool, 258; jougs, 184; penance, 234; whipping, 220

Wallingford pillory, 244

Walsall brank, 287, 288

Waltham Abbey whipping-post, pillory and stocks, 211-214

Walton-on-Thames, brank at, 278

Wardlow, gibbet at, 71

Warrington brank, 285; museum, 67

Warton, 165

Warwick, tumbrel at, 270

Wedding clothes, executed in, 17

Welsh customs, 305

West Calder, 239

Whip-cord, torturing with, 89

Whipping Act, 210

Whipping and Whipping-Posts, 209-226

Whiston stocks, 192

Whitchurch brank, 297

Whitfield, notorious highwayman, 58

Wigtown, hangman at, 18; last execution at, 21; jougs, 179

William the Conqueror introduces beheading, 108

Williams, bookseller, 169-170

Wilson, Alexander, 170

Winchester, coiners punished at, 135

Wirksworth, penance at, 233

Witchcraft, 50; burning to death for, 99

Wolsey, Cardinal, in the stocks, 193

Women drowned, 95; whipped, 218

Wootton Bassett, tumbrel at, 268-269

Worcester, 115, 217-218, 296

Worsborough ducking-stool, 259

Yarmouth, pirate gibbeted at, 67

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CONTENTS:—When Wigs were Worn—Powdering the Hair—Men Wearing Muffs—Concerning Corporation Customs—Bribes for the Palate—Rebel Heads on City Gates—Burial at Cross Roads—Detaining the Dead for Debt—A Nobleman's Household in Tudor Times—Bread and Baking in Bygone Days—Arise, Mistress, Arise!—The Turnspit—A Gossip about the Goose—Bells as Time-Tellers—The Age of Snuffing—State Lotteries—Bear-Baiting—Morris Dancers—The Folk-Lore of Midsummer Eve—Harvest Home—Curious Charities—An Old-Time Chronicler.

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"An excellent and entertaining book, which we commend to the attention not only of those who are specially interested in the subject of bells, but to all lovers of quaint archaeological lore."—Glasgow Herald.

"The book is well printed and artistic in form."—Manchester Courier.

"'A Book About Bells' is destined to be the work of reference on the subject, and it ought to find a home on the shelves of every library."—Northern Gazette.

"The task Mr. Tyack has set himself, he has carried out admirably, and throughout care and patient research are apparent."—Lynn News.

"We heartily recommend our readers to procure this volume."—The Churchwoman.

"An entertaining work."—Yorkshire Post.

"'A Book About Bells' will interest almost everyone. Antiquaries will find in it an immense store of information: but the general reader will equally feel that it is a book well worth reading from beginning to end."—The News, Edited by the Rev. Charles Bullock, B.D.

"An excellent work."—Stockton Herald.

"It is a well-written work, and it is sure to be popular."—Hull Christian Voice.

"Covers the whole field of bell-lore."—Scotsman.

"Most interesting and finely illustrated."—Birmingham Daily Gazette.

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Historic Dress of the Clergy.


Author of "The Cross in Ritual, Architecture, and Art."

Crown, cloth extra, 3s. 6d.

The work contains thirty-three illustrations from ancient monuments, rare manuscripts, and other sources.

"A very painstaking and very valuable volume on a subject which is just now attracting much attention. Mr. Tyack has collected a large amount of information from sources not available to the unlearned, and has put together his materials in an attractive way. The book deserves and is sure to meet with a wide circulation."—Daily Chronicle.

"This book is written with great care, and with an evident knowledge of history. It is well worth the study of all who wish to be better informed upon a subject which the author states in his preface gives evident signs of a lively and growing interest."—Manchester Courier.

"Those who are interested in the Dress of the Clergy will find full information gathered together here, and set forth in a lucid and scholarly way."—Glasgow Herald.

"We are glad to welcome yet another volume from the author of 'The Cross in Ritual, Architecture, and Art.' His subject, chosen widely and carried out comprehensively, makes this a valuable book of reference for all classes. It is only the antiquary and the ecclesiologist who can devote time and talents to research of this kind, and Mr. Tyack has done a real and lasting service to the Church of England by collecting so much useful and reliable information upon the dress of the clergy in all ages, and offering it to the public in such a popular form. We do not hesitate to recommend this volume as the most reliable and the most comprehensive illustrated guide to the history and origin of the canonical vestments and other dress worn by the clergy, whether ecclesiastical, academical, or general, while the excellent work in typography and binding make it a beautiful gift-book."—Church Bells.

"A very lucid history of ecclesiastical vestments from Levitical times to the present day."—Pall Mall Gazette.

"The book can be recommended to the undoubtedly large class of persons who are seeking information on this and kindred subjects."—The Times.

"The work may be read either as pastime or for instruction, and is worthy of a place in the permanent section of any library. The numerous illustrations, extensive contents table and index, and beautiful workmanship, both in typography and binding, are all features of attraction and utility."—Dundee Advertiser.

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The Miracle Play in England,

An Account of the Early Religious Drama.


Crown 8vo., 3s. 6d. Illustrated.

In bygone times the Miracle Play formed an important feature in the religious life of England. To those taking an interest in the history of the Church of England, this volume will prove useful. The author has given long and careful study to this subject, and produced a reliable and readable book, which can hardly fail to interest and instruct the reader. It is a volume for general reading, and for a permanent place in the reference library.

CONTENTS:—The Origin of Drama—The Beginnings of English Drama—The York Plays—The Wakefield Plays—The Chester Plays—The Coventry Plays—Other English Miracle Plays—The Production of a Miracle Play—The Scenery, Properties, and Dresses—Appendix—The Order of the York Plays—Extract from City Register of York, 1426—The Order of the Wakefield Plays—The Order of the Chester Plays—The Order of the Grey Friars' Plays at Coventry—A Miracle Play in a Puppet Show—Index.

"Mr. Clarke has chosen a most interesting subject, one that is attractive alike to the student, the historian, and the general reader.... A most interesting volume, and a number of quaint illustrations add to its value."—Birmingham Daily Gazette.

"The book should be useful to many."—Manchester Guardian.

"An admirable work."—Eastern Morning News.

"Mr. Sidney Clarke's concise monograph in 'The Miracle Play in England' is another of the long and interesting series of antiquarian volumes for popular reading issued by the same publishing house. The author briefly sketches the rise and growth of the 'Miracle' or 'Mystery' play in Europe and in England; and gives an account of the series or cycle of these curious religious dramas—the forerunners of the modern secular play—performed at York, Wakefield, Chester, Coventry, and other towns in the middle ages. But his chief efforts are devoted to giving a sketch of the manner of production, and the scenery, properties, and dresses of the old miracle play, as drawn from the minute account books of the craft and trade guilds and other authentic records of the period. Mr. Clarke has gone to the best sources for his information, and the volume, illustrated by quaint cuts, is an excellent compendium of information on a curious byeway of literature and art."—The Scotsman.

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Legal Lore: Curiosities of Law and Lawyers.


Demy 8vo., Cloth extra, 7s. 6d.

CONTENTS:—Bible Law—Sanctuaries—Trials in Superstitious Ages—On Symbols—Law Under the Feudal System—The Manor and Manor Law—Ancient Tenures—Laws of the Forest—Trial by Jury in Old Times—Barbarous Punishments—Trials of Animals—Devices of the Sixteenth Century Debtors—Laws Relating to the Gipsies—Commonwealth Law and Lawyers—Cock-Fighting in Scotland—Cockieleerie Law—Fatal Links—Post-Mortem Trials—Island Laws—The Little Inns of Court—Obiter.

"There are some very amusing and curious facts concerning law and lawyers. We have read with much interest the articles on Sanctuaries, Trials in Superstitious Ages, Ancient Tenures, Trials by Jury in Old Times, Barbarous Punishments, and Trials of Animals, and can heartily recommend the volume to those who wish for a few hours' profitable diversion in the study of what may be called the light literature of the law."—Daily Mail.

"Most amusing and instructive reading."—The Scotsman.

"The contents of the volume are extremely entertaining, and convey not a little information on ancient ideas and habits of life. While members of the legal profession will turn to the work for incidents with which to illustrate an argument or point a joke, laymen will enjoy its vivid descriptions of old-fashioned proceedings and often semi-barbaric ideas to obligation and rectitude."—Dundee Advertiser.

"The subjects chosen are extremely interesting, and contain a quantity of out-of-the-way and not easily accessible information.... Very tastefully printed and bound."—Birmingham Daily Gazette.

"The book is handsomely got up; the style throughout is popular and clear, and the variety of its contents, and the individuality of the writers gave an added charm to the work."—Daily Free Press.

"The book is interesting both to the general reader and the student."—Cheshire Notes and Queries.

"Those who care only to be amused will find plenty of entertainment in this volume, while those who regard it as a work of reference will rejoice at the variety of material, and appreciate the careful indexing."—Dundee Courier.

"Very interesting subjects, lucidly and charmingly written. The versatility of the work assures for it a wide popularity."—Northern Gazette.

"A happy and useful addition to current literature."—Norfolk Chronicle.

"The book is a very fascinating one, and it is specially interesting to students of history as showing the vast changes which, by gradual course of development have been brought about both in the principles and practice of the law."—The Evening Gazette.

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Transcriber's note:

Corrections to the Index have been made without note.

Significant changes to the text are listed below.

p. 21, 'Frazer' changed to Fraser.

p. 35, 'detroyed' changed to destroyed, 'Fictitious Capital and False Credit destroyed.'

p. 37, '12th' changed to 15th, 'Monday, the 15th of March.'

p. 85, 'On same night ...' changed to On the same night ...

p. 125, 'empanneled' changed to empanelled (twice).

p. 155, 'Mr. Llewellynn Jewitt' changed to Mr. Llewellyn Jewitt.

p. 160, 'Dioletian' changed to Diocletian.

p. 271, 'Scolding-car' changed to Scolding Cart, 'Scolding Cart is another name ...'

p. 294, 'described as a "a gag or brank ..."' changed to described as "a gag or brank ..."


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