The History of Leith

October 2, 2011

Scold’s bridle

A scold’s bridle, sometimes called “the branks”, was a punishment device for men and women, also used as a mild form of torture. It was an iron muzzle in an iron framework that enclose the head. The bridle-bit (or curb-plate) was about 2 inches long and 1 inch broad, projected into the mouth and pressed down on top of the tongue . The “curb-plate” was frequently studded with spikes, so that if the tongue remained lying calmly in place, it inflicted a minimum of pain[. for more click here

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