The History of Leith

April 19, 2009

Ancient court record shows thieves faced hangman’s whip

EVEN for those who accuse modern judges of being too soft on crime, it’s a punishment that probably goes a little far.
A whipping at the hands of the local hangman was the kind of treatment thieves in Musselburgh could expect 500 years ago however, according to newly uncovered records. for more click here

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