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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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John Bold, an impassioned reformer but also a suitor of Harding's daughter, discovers that money that has been going directly to Harding should be going to the bedesmen whom Harding looks after.
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.
But Beede refers most pointedly to the medieval bedesmen, ascetics who were authorized by the Scottish king to roam the land begging in exchange for their prayers.