Buttock mail, or buttock hire, was the colloquial term for a fine imposed by the ecclesiastical courts in Scotland as a punishment for sexual intercourse outside of wedlock. It could be paid to the church as an alternative to the public humiliation of being confined to the cucking stoolChair used as a punishment for those accused of offences such as drunkenness, sexual impropriety or dishonest trading., or stool of repentance, which was the usual punishment for fornication.
Buttock was a Scottish term for a prostitute; the word mail, in the sense of a tribute or rent, derives from the old Scandinavian word mál, meaning “speech, agreement”, or “payment” in Old English.
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Sibbald, J. “Chronicle of Scottish Poetry, from the 13th Century to the Union of the Crowns, with a Glossary.” The Edinburgh Review, or Critical Journal, Vol. III, Constable, Longman, 1804, p. 206.
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