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Obsolete form of beadsman.
On the king's birthday each bedesman received a new blue gown, a loaf, a bottle of ale, and a leathern purse containing a penny for every year of the king's life.
In 1863 the last payment was paid to a bedesman.
In consequence of its use in this general sense of pensioner, "bedesman" was long used in English as equivalent to "servant."
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