Beadsman



a person who prays for another as a duty, especially when paid.
an inmate of a poorhouse; almsman.
Historical Examples

“I ken that baith you and I are owre lang here,” replied the beadsman, as he hurried out.
Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Various

A beadsman was an inmate of an almshouse who was bound to pray for the founders of the house.
English Narrative Poems Various

Henry followed the beadsman, who hurried on towards Falconcleugh.
Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Various

What can be better touched than the figures of the beadsman and the old nurse Angela?
Life of John Keats Sidney Colvin

Henry’s silence was probably meant as a quickener of the beadsman’s garrulity.
Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Various

The one lair, as a beadsman of Pittenweem, you may have experienced ere now; the other you stand in small fears of.
Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Various

A beadsman, it is scarcely requisite to remark, is an individual who is bound to pray for the person by whom he is supported.
The Privy Purse Expenses of King Henry VIII from November MDXXIX, to December MDXXXII Nicholas Harris Nicolas

From the title “Sir” being applied to Henry’s beadsman, it seems that he was a priest, and we learn that he received 40s.
The Privy Purse Expenses of King Henry VIII from November MDXXIX, to December MDXXXII Nicholas Harris Nicolas

noun (pl) -men
a person who prays for another’s soul, esp one paid or fed for doing so
a person kept in an almshouse
n.

“one who prays for another’s benefit,” early 13c.; see bead (n.) + man (n.).

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