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Information on the Parish of Mertoun in Scotland.

The Jougs and the Loupin-on-Stane

The Jougs

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.

The Loupin-on-Stane

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