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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a class of paupers or pensioners, or licensed beggars, in Scotland, to whim annually on the king's birthday were distributed certain alms, including a blue gown; a beadsman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a former order of paupers in Scotland, also called the king's beadsmen, to whom the king annually distributed certain alms on condition of their praying for his welfare.

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