E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A beadle who whips all dogs from the precincts of a church. At one time there was a church officer so called. Even so recently as 1856 Mr. John Pickard was appointed
dog-whipper in Exeter Cathedral, in the room of Mr. Charles Reynolds, deceased. (Exeter Gazette.)