Green’s Dictionary of Slang

wig v.1

[a judge’s wig, i.e. the scolder uses quasi-judicial authority]

to scold, to reprimand.

[Ind]Delhi Sketch Bk 1 Aug. 90/2: Did not the Brigadier find fault with me / And wig me on Parade?
[Ind]Hills & Plains I 285: No one could wig a magistrate, snub a planter, or silence a missionary more courageously than he.
[Ind]‘Aliph Cheem’ Lays of Ind (1905) 23: So he wasn’t removed, wigged, or tried for his life.
[UK]Echo 26 Mar. n.p.: So alarmed at the prospect of being wigged from home [F&H].
[UK]Boy’s Own Paper 30 Sept. 839: We’ve doctored you, wigged you, advised you and trained you.
[Aus]X. Herbert Capricornia (1939) 483: [He] wigged the Government for its ignorance of what it ought to know.