Apparently a plural form of taw, though attested earlier.
tawse (plural tawses)
- (chiefly Scotland) A leather strap or thong which is split into (typically three) tails, used for corporal punishment in schools, applied to the palm of the hands or buttocks.
- Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967
- Corpun.com, a specialized website on Corporal Punishments