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jougs

pl n
  1. Scot history an iron ring, fastened by a chain to a wall, post, or tree, in which an offender was held by the neck: common in Scotland from the 16th to 18th century

Word Origin

C16: probably from French joug yoke
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Examples from the Web for jougs

Historical Examples

  • The jougs belonging to the parish of Galashiels are preserved at Abbotsford.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews

  • At Merton, Berwickshire, the jougs may be seen at the church.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews

  • This may be safely assumed that formerly the jougs were affixed at the end of the chain.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews

  • "On the look of the man I would give him the jougs," said he.

    Doom Castle

    Neil Munro

  • Disregarding parental authority in Scotland was frequently the cause of young folk being punished by the jougs, and in other ways.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews