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PIT, fossa. A hole dug in the earth, which was filled with water, and in which women thieves were drowned, instead of being hung. The punishment of the pit was formerly common in Scotland.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Wendy Lively and the last pit pony at Rising Sun colliery, July 1969
Her most famous book was the novel Pit Pony, the story of Willie, an 11-year-old boy in early 20th-century Nova Scotia who is forced to work as a trapper in a Cape Breton coal mine, and Gem, the Sable Island "pit" pony he befriends.
.Below - Bevin Boys attending the Annfield Plain pit school in January 1944 .Bevin Boys at a coal mine in the North east in 1944 .Bevin Boy trainees at a North-east colliery harnessing a pit pony during the war .A group of trainee miners in County Durham - in huts similar to those used George Grainger during the war years
Scotland's last pit pony retired in 1994 and animals have not been used to haul coal wagons anywhere in Britain for more than a decade.
MY WEEK Punting high Backing Black Bear Island for my maximum in a match bet against pit pony Gan Amhras in the Derby.
In the same month you can also visit and meet over 25 horses and ponies at the Pit Pony Sanctuary at Fforest Uchaf Farm.
Production for younger audiences in the region comes from a strong tradition that boasts successful programs such as the CBC's still-going strong Street Sense, Cochrane Entertainment's Theodore Tugboat and Pit Pony, and Salter Street's popular Emily of New Moon.
But Peckham continues to plead for money for his own venture - despite the fact he only appears to have rescued ONE pit pony.
When Polonius the pit pony escapes from the coal mine he's worked in all his life, he joins a family of Travelers.
At the pit pony stables, hardworking ponies will demonstrate how coal tubs were hauled.
The procession is to leave Dangerpoint at 12.30pm for the official unveiling of the Winding Wheel and the Pit Pony and Miner at 1pm.