A Scold Punished

I’ve been trawling the newspaper archives for cases of scolding women as this seems to be such a minor matter, hardly worthy of dealing with the authorities, but there were cases where they kept whole neighbourhoods up all night shouting and screaming. Some were drunks, others just really really p**d off, though we seldom discover why. This is from 1726

At general session of the peace held for the co. of Middlesex … Rosamond Cole o the parish of St James, Clerkenwell, was convicted by full evidence upon an indictment of her for being a common scold and a common disturber of her neighbours &c. whereupon she was arrested and committed to the House of Correction Clerkenwell for 2 months’ hard labour


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