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Dule tree

Dule trees, or dool trees, in Britain were used as gallows for public hangings.[1] They were also used as gibbets for the display of the corpse for a considerable period after such hangings. These "trees of lamentation or grief" were usually growing in prominent positions or at busy thoroughfares, particularly at crossroads, so that justice could be seen to have been done and as a salutary warning to others. Place names such as Gallows-Hill, Gallows-See, Gallows-Fey and Hill of the Gallows (Tom Nan Croiche) record the site of such places of execution.[2][3]

Tom Nan Croiche (Hill of the Gallows) at Dalmally in Scotland
  1. ^ Rodger, Donald, Stokes, John & Ogilve, James (2006). Heritage Trees of Scotland. The Tree Council. ISBN 0-904853-03-9
  2. ^ Train, Joseph (1844). The Dule Tree of Cassillis. The Ayrshire Wreath MDCCCXLIV. Kilmarnock : R. Crawford & Son. pp. 40-46
  3. ^ Dalmally, Places of Historical Interest. Dalmally Historical Association.