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 Bead-roll.Beadsman or Bedesman. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Beadle.
 
A person whose duty it is to bid or cite persons to appear to a summons; also a church servant, whose duty it is to bid the parishioners to attend the vestry, or to give notice of vestry meetings. (Anglo-Saxon, bædel, from beodan, to bid or summon.)   1
 


 Bead-roll.Beadsman or Bedesman. 

 
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