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One of the most famous people to be pilloried was Titus Oats, a 17th century perjurer who fabricated a fraudulent Catholic plot to kill King Charles II of England and caused much trouble and hysteria. He was eventually thrown in prison and examined. When James II acceeded to the throne, he had Oates retried and sentenced for perjury to annual pillory, loss of clerical dress, and imprisonment for life. The judge said that Oates was a "Shame to mankind". Oates was taken out of his cell wearing a hat with the text "Titus Oates, convicted upon full evidence of two horrid perjuries". He was taken to the pillory at the gate of Westminster Hall and the next day to London. The third day he was stripped, tied to a cart, and whipped from Aldgate to Newgate.

27th Aug 2007 by Diane Earl


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