Historic treatment of parents of bastard children

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  1. Guy

    Guy Whose knowledge is boundless

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    Regarding historic treatment of parents of bastard children

    Both sexes were punished in much the same way though it must be said often only the mother was punished.

    From Nottingham County Records, 17th century :

    One of the punishments for a woman who had a bastard child was to be stripped to the waist, tied behind a cart and whipped from one end of the village to the other.

    On 16th April 1604, Robert Vittye and Frances for their incontinence were ordered to be stripped and whipped at South Collingham.

    On 12th July 1615, there is a Recognisance that Cecilia Bower, of
    Clipstone, charged with incontinence with Richard Hancock shall be from henceforth "in eternum" of modest and honest behaviour and also that she will live at least 6½ (six and a half) miles from the town of Clipstone and that Richard Hancock shall not keep company with her.

    On 2nd April 1638, Robert Taylor of Stapleford was sent to gaol for "wandering abroad with Margaret Henson and living incontinently with her leaving his wfe and children to be a charge on the parish

    On 11th January, 1655, a warrant of good behaviour was issued against Moses Pharoah of Claworth for being seene in bed with one Sarah Hooton.

    On 13th January, 1657, Wm. Greene was sent to gaol in default of
    sureties for incontinencecy with John Richardson's wief and "inveighing" her from her husband, with him in his own house.

    Prostitution was dealt with as a seperate offence, as was Adultery (a capital offence in the 17th century).
    From the records it seems that Incontinence became Adultery when a
    child was born.

    Cheers
    Guy
     
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    After working years in nursing homes it seems strange seeing the word "incontinence" used to describe being promiscuous.
     
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  3. Guy

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    Yes, I can understand that but the the word really means failure to restrain.

    That in a sexual context would be a failure to restrain sexual appetite.
    Or in a medical context a failure to restrain the evacuative functions (urination / defecation)
    Cheers
    Guy
     
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    Ouch :eek:
     
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