scavenger’s daughter

scavenger's daughter as displayed in the torture museum in Freiburg im Breisgau; photographed by Flominator, 22 July 2005; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

An instrument of torture used in England during the reign of some of the Tudor monarchs. It was invented by Sir W Skevington, lieutenant of the Tower in the reign of King Henry VIII. Its action was the opposite to that of the rack; it compressed the body of the tortured so that blood sometimes exuded. Saint Luke Kirby and Blessed Thomas Cottam suffered torture by this cruel machine. It’s also known as the cicogna (Italian for stork), Duke of Exeter’s daughter, the iron shackle, Skevington’s daughter, a Skevington’s gyves, a Spanish A-frame, and a stork.

MLA Citation

  • “scavenger’s daughter”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 November 2016. Web. 17 June 2021. <>