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beadsman

(ˈbiːdzmən) or

bedesman

n, pl -men
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a person who prays for another's soul, esp one paid or fed for doing so
2. (Historical Terms) a person kept in an almshouse
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Noun1.beadsman - a person who is paid to pray for the soul of another
supplicant, prayer - someone who prays to God
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Not many people know what Bedesmen are and she was always happy to tell people about our role, which dates back to a time when the poor were offered the role in exchange for praying for benefactors who had died, with the word 'Bede' coming from the old English word 'biddan' - to pray.
Bedesmen were thus pensioners who, in return for alms, prayed for the souls of their benefactors; in Scotland this meant primarily the monarch.