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Pain in the neck:

These nasty-looking and very heavy neck-irons were made in much the same way as the more commonly seen leg-irons. Law-breakers would have been shackled by the neck via an iron chain to a fixed post which was usually driven into the ground near the kirk door, with the resultant public shaming believed to act both as a social deterrent and a call to piety for transgressor and the viewing public alike.