The History of Leith

July 22, 2011

Sackcloth or linen

6 Februarie 1640.—Arshbald Lawriein ye cannoget is ordained to enter to ye sak cloath on Sonday nixt.
(Note.—The gravity of an offence was indicated by the dress in which the culprit appeared for rebuke. As a rule, people came up for admonition in their very best church clothes, but in cases of grievous scandal they were required to appear in sackcloth or linen sheets.)

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