Such characters were also taken to the ducking stool and thoroughly doused in the water.
In 1741, old Rugby paid 2s 4d for a chair for the ducking stool.
The ducking stool on Herring Creek had just been equipped, the year before, with new irons and so was in good repair.
The suggestive and usual place of storing the ducking stool, when not in use, was the church-yard.
The ducking stool was used for punishing common scolds, refractory women and dishonest tradesmen, especially brewers and bakers.
The early Virginians did not hesitate to subject gossiping women to the harsh punishment of the ducking stool.
Stop her mouth, some of you; or, if she will scream, take her to the ducking stool.
A ducking stool was a sort of a chair in which “common scolds” were formerly tied and plunged into water.
The ducking stool seems to have been placed on the lowest and most contempt-bearing stage among English instruments of punishment.
The ducking stool was specially designed for scolding women, though also used for other offenses.