Lastly, a common scold, communis rixatrix, (for our law-latin confines it to the feminine gender) is a public nuisance to her neighbourhood. For which offence she may be indicted; and, if convicted, shall be sentenced to be placed in a certain engine of correction called the trebucket, castigatory, or cucking stool, which in the Saxon language signifies the scolding stool; though now it is frequently corrupted into ducking stool, because the residue of the judgment is, that, when she is so placed therein, she shall be plunged in the water for her punishment.
I've been having difficulty finding the mens rea, or mental element, of this offence. Has the mental element of this offence ever been determined or discussed? For example, is it a general intent crime (for which the defendant must simply have been generally aware of what they were doing and intended to do those things), or is it a specific intent crime in which the defendant must have specifically intended their behavior to annoy others or go beyond customary community standards?
For example, an answer might look like,
In the case [cite], Mary Smith appealed from her conviction for being a common scold on the basis that the judge had not apprised the jury of mens rea. Held, a specific intent to impair community cohesion was an essential element of the offence of being a common scold and failure to instruct the jury was reversible error. Remanded for retrial.
To be clear, I am aware that this offence has been obsolete for almost a hundred years and was finally and formally abolished in 1967. I'm thus asking about what the mental element of this crime was during the time period in which it was actively prosecuted. If there are cases outside of England and Wales that have specifically ruled on the mental element of this specific offence as received under common law, I would accept that as an answer. I am specifically asking about the offence of being a common scold for which the punishment is the cucking stool and not about modern laws on disturbing the peace or disorderly conduct for which the penalties are typically a fine, jail time, and/or probation.
For those who might say that this is too old an offence to have a mens rea, I note that the mental elements of larceny and murder were well-established hundreds of years before the offence of being a common scold became obsolete.