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 Tarred.Tarrinzean Field. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Tarring and Feathering.
The first record of this punishment is in 1189 (1 Rich. I.). A statute was made that any robber voyaging with the crusaders “shall be first shaved, then boiling pitch shall be poured upon his head, and a cushion of feathers shook over it.” The wretch was then to be put on short at the very first place the ship came to. (Rymer Fœdera, i. 65.)   1

 Tarred.Tarrinzean Field. 


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