The History of Leith

October 29, 2011

Sackcloth or linen sheets

6 Februarie 1640.—Arshbald Lawrie in ye cannoget is ordained to «nter 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.)

source-South Leith Records

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