beadle (n.)
parish constable
2H4 V.iv.1[stage direction] Enter Beadles dragging in Hostess Quickly and Doll Tearsheet
2H6 II.i.137[Mayor to attendant] go fetch the beadle hither straight
H8 V.iv.65[Porter to Man, of the punishment to be given to trouble-makers] the running banquet of two beadles that is to come [i.e. public flogging]
KL IV.vi.161[Lear to imaginary people] Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand
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