The History of Leith

October 2, 2011

Cucking stool

Ducking-stools and cucking-stools are chairs formerly used for punishment of women in England and Scotland (see reference, 1985). The term cucking-stool derives from wyuen pine (“women’s punishment”) as referred in Langland’s Piers Plowman(1378). They were both instruments of social humiliation and censure, primarily for the offense of scolding or back biting[1] and less often for sexual offenses like bearing an illegitimate child, or prostitution. for more click here

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