"I ken that baith you and I are owre lang here," replied the beadsman, as he hurried out.
A beadsman was an inmate of an almshouse who was bound to pray for the founders of the house.
Henry followed the beadsman, who hurried on towards Falconcleugh.
What can be better touched than the figures of the beadsman and the old nurse Angela?
Henry's silence was probably meant as a quickener of the beadsman's garrulity.
The one lair, as a beadsman of Pittenweem, you may have experienced ere now; the other you stand in small fears of.
A beadsman, it is scarcely requisite to remark, is an individual who is bound to pray for the person by whom he is supported.
From the title "Sir" being applied to Henry's beadsman, it seems that he was a priest, and we learn that he received 40s.