1) An instrument of punishment, often for women, evidently one on which a person might be carried.

c.1450 schall within the Burgage ordan a pelory and a thew lawfull and strang, New Malton

1575 Thomas Haxoppes wife a skold ... to be caryed throughe the cyttie of York ... in the market tyme upon the thewe heretofore used in this behalf.

places York New Malton
dates 1450 1575

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