Green’s Dictionary of Slang

harmans n.

also harmin, hartmans
[fig. use of harman n. or ? SE hard + -mans sfx, thus lit. a ‘hard state of being’]

(UK Und.) the stocks.

[UK]Harman Caveat for Common Cursetours in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 86: So may we happen on the Harmanes and cly the Jarke or to the quyerken [...] So we may chance to set in the stockes eyther be whypped eyther had to prison house.
[UK]Groundworke of Conny-catching n.p.: [as cit. c.1566].
[UK]Dekker Belman’s Second Nights Walk B2: He cuts, bing to the Ruffmans, Or else he swears by the Light-mans, To put our stampes in the Harmans.
[UK]Rowlands Martin Mark-all 39: Harmons the stockes.
[UK]Middleton & Dekker Roaring Girle V i: O I wud lib all the lightmans,/ O I wud lib all the darkmans, / By the salomon, under the ruffmans, By the salomon, in the hartmans.
[UK]Dekker Canters Dict. Eng. Villainies (8th edn) .
[UK]Dekker Canters Dict. Eng. Villainies (9th edn).
[UK]A Beggar I’ll Be in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 36: And if from the Harmans I keep out my Feet, / I fear not the Compter, King’s Bench, nor the Fleet.
[Ire] ‘The Beggars Curse’ Head Canting Academy (1674) 14: [as cit. 1608].
[UK]R. Holme Academy of Armory Ch. iii item 68c: Canting Terms used by Beggars, Vagabonds, Cheaters, Cripples and Bedlams. [...] Harmans, the Stocks.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Harmans the Stocks.
[UK]Hell Upon Earth 5: Harmin, Stocks.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Scoundrel’s Dict. 19: Stocks – Harmans.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[UK]Duncombe New and Improved Flash Dict.