Gaud and fetter locks

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From the Old Tolbooth Jail, Edinburgh

Postcard of Gaud and fetter locks.
© National Museums Scotland

Gaud and fetter locks

This 'gaud', or iron bar, from the Old Tolbooth Jail in Edinburgh, dates from the 16th century. Criminals condemned to death were secured to the gaud by fetter locks for the ankles.

Chain and fetters for ankles by which condemned criminals were secured to the gaud or iron bar in the Old Tolbooth, Edinburgh, 17th century

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Online ID: 000-100-001-339-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MR 6
Date: 16th century
17th century
Material: Iron
Dimensions: 300 mm H x 3840 mm L x 160 mm W
What: Gaud / fetters
Subject: Instruments, of torture (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh (Old Tolbooth)
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