Bedesman



noun (pl) -men
a variant spelling of beadsman
Historical Examples

A medieval underling writing to his superior often signs himself “your servant and bedesman.”
The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley

Then he came out, and made his way to old Jenkins the bedesman.
The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood

Life’s sweet to us a’, an’ it’s unco hard to leave our master’s bedesman just to be sacrificed.
The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 1 (of 3) James Hogg

I never knew of a bedesman who behaved so gallantly, nor have I seen a knight behave better.
The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 1 (of 3) James Hogg

The bedesman also fell; but he our friend, the Hector of the hills, wrought his o’erthrow, and circum-mured him.
The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 2 (of 3) James Hogg

bedesman, one who says prayers for another, humble servant; III.
Arden of Feversham Anonymous

In consequence of its use in this general sense of pensioner, “bedesman” was long used in English as equivalent to “servant.”
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4 Various

But bide ye, ye shall hear what cam o’t, and how far I am bund to be bedesman to the Ravenswoods.
Bride of Lammermoor Sir Walter Scott

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