The History of Leith

May 20, 2013

Jougs

It was an iron collar fastened by a short chain to a wall, often of the parish church, or to a tree or to a mercat cross. The collar was placed round the offender’s neck and fastened by a padlock. Time spent in the jougs was intended to shame an offender publicly. Jougs were used for ecclesiastical as well as civil offences. Examples could still be seen in Scotland at the beginning of the 20th century. It may have lent its name to the modern “jug”, slang for prison. for more click here

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