Information on the Parish of Mertoun in Scotland.
The Jougs and the Loupin-on-Stane
Jougs are described in the "Concise Scots Dictionary" as:
"an instrument of public punishment consisting of a hinged iron collar attached by a chain to a wall or post and locked around the offender's neck". And that is what is still there on the exterior wall of the church.
A 'loupin-on-stane' is a mounting stone, used to allow the riders of horses to reach a comfortable height for easy mounting. The Mertoun one, on the driveway up to the church, has a set of steps up the back allowing the rider to come forward some 4 feet above ground level. They were particularly appreciated by ladies who rode side-saddle.
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