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What Is Branding on Thethumb?

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Branding on the thumb is whereby convicts who successfully pleaded benefit of clergy and those found guilty of manslaughter instead of murder, were branded on the thumb with a T for theft, F for felon, or M for murder. This was done so that they would be unable to receive that benefit more than once.
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Convicts who successfully pleaded benefit of clergy, and those found guilty of manslaughter instead of murder, were branded on the thumb (with a 'T' for theft, 'F' for felon, or 'M' for murder), so that they would be unable to receive this benefit more than once. The branding took place in the courtroom at the end of the sessions in front of spectators.
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