The History of Leith

October 29, 2011

The public place of repentance

27 Februarie 1640.—Archbald Lowrie in ye Cannogett is ordained to be ressaived from ye place of publict repentance and he hes given to ye poore in all 20 Kb.
(Note.—The censure of the Session was administered in three different ways according to the degree of scandal involved. Sometimes the culprit stood up in his own seat, confessed his sin, and was
rebuked. At other times he presented himself in front of the pulpit for admonition. And when the scandal was great he had to mount an elevated stand, technically called the public place of repentance, and commonly known as the “pillar” or “stool.” It was not once only that offenders had to appear in public, but they had to undergo a course of repentance. The offender here for his charity to the poor was first released from appearing in sackcloth and then he had his course of repentance shortened.)

source-South Leith Records

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