bedesman


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bedesman

(ˈbiːdzmən)
n, pl -men
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a variant spelling of beadsman
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Noun1.bedesman - a person who is paid to pray for the soul of another
supplicant, prayer - someone who prays to God
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Joan Bayne had been a lady Bedesman at Durham Cathedral for three years when she died suddenly this autumn.
Julie said: "Joan helped me learn the ropes when I first started as a volunteer lady Bedesman and she was such a lovely lady, I loved working with her.
Both are beggars with strong links to Catholicism: Edie's social status as a "King's Bedesman" links to a Catholic past no one in The Antiquary knows directly, an order of paupers partly maintained by Scottish kings "in conformity with the ordinances of the Catholic Church, and who were expected in return to pray for the royal welfare and that of the state" (Scott, qtd.