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- n. Obsolete form of beadle.
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- n. Same as beadle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the medieval universities, a servant of a “nation” or faculty (each of which companies elected two, an upper and a lower, termed the esquire bedel and the yeoman bedel, terms showing the classes from which they were chosen), whose duties were to apportion the “schools” or lecture-rooms and the chapters of the colleges and halls, to cry the days and hours of the lectures, to publish and carry out the decrees of the company, to march before the rector, dean, or proctor with a silver mace on occasions of ceremony, etc. See beadle.
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This allowance was to be suspended during the absence from Oxford of any inferior bedel, whether occasioned by his own affairs or those of the University.
From a notice of the year 1432 it transpires that the bedels received one-twelfth of all fines inflicted for misdemeanours; and, in 1434, prior to the admission of inceptors, the Chancellor announced that each inceptor would be required to pay the ordinary fee of thirty shillings and a pair of buckskin gloves for each bedel, or, in lieu of gloves, five shillings to be divided among the bedels.
The office of bedel was, of course, not confined to the Universities.
Mention has been made of John Came, who for many years held the office of bedel.
Antonio de Almaraz bedel puso en la posesion del dicho salario al dicho padre mº. fray Luis de Leon en la catedra questá en el general mayor de theologia de escuelas mayores, el qual la tomó é apprehendió sin contradicion ninguna, y _en lugar de posesion leyó un poco_.
Almaraz bedel, é otros muchos estudiantes y personas de la universidad
The Rector is to bring one scholar with him, and the Promotor two, to help "ad purgandum bejaunum," and the bajan is to invite a bedel and others.
Salaried officers of the company were a secretary, a bookkeeper, a husband (or as we would say, an accountant), and a bedel or messenger.
Antonio de Almaraz bedel puso en la posesion del dicho salario al dicho padre mÂº. fray Luis de Leon en la catedra questa en el general mayor de theologia de escuelas mayores, el qual la tomo e apprehendio sin contradicion ninguna, y en lugar de posesion leyo un poco.
Pedro de Uceda ... e Antonio de Almaraz bedel, e otros muchos estudiantes y personas de la universidad e yo Bartme.