Among the ancient Persians, in some cases, when the criminal was of high rank, instead of whipping the man himself, it was the custom to whip his clothes. To this head may also be referred the custom which prevails in France and other nations upon the continent of executing criminals in effigy. The feigned punishments inflicted on the effigy is. commonly, I suppose, the same that would have been really inflicted upon the man's person for the same offense; nor is it usual, I believe, to employ this punishment where the delinquent is forthcoming.
In Portugal, several of the persons who were concerned in the attempt upon the late king's life were punished in this manner.RP Book 3 Chapter 3 Section 1