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- n. One who guards (or keeps) a bridge.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
But the story of the musical requires Camelot in the end, and the bridgekeeper sequence doesn't appear to complete the swallow joke at the beginning, which I missed a little.
BRIDGE´WARD (_Peter_), the bridgekeeper of Kennaquhair ( "I know not where").
Friends and beneficiaries of the bridgekeeper protest that such a rule would interfere with the "free market."
But the bridge is not much of a market-and permitting the bridgekeeper to do these things actually distorts the other marketplace that depends upon it, as farmers with inferior produce gain an advantage just because they have gained favor with the bridge keeper and can bring their vegetables across more cheaply.