"I doubt the black stool, an’ the sack gown, or maybe the juggs wad hae been my portion"

These are all means of punishment popular during the 16th to 18th centuries. The black stool served a similar function to the stocks – sinners were made to sit upon it as a means of public humiliation. Likewise, the juggs was an iron ring which an offender wore around his or her neck and which was fixed by a chain to a wall, post or tree. Sack gowns were made of coarse cloth that abraded the skin.

A sack gown of St. Louis in the church of St. Aspais of Melun, France
GNU Free Documentation LicenseA sack gown of St. Louis in the church of St. Aspais of Melun, France - Credit: LecomteB