Bede-roll

This was a roll, i.e. list, of all persons of a parish for whom prayers were to be said on the anniversary of their death. Such lists were of great local importance and would refer back a considerable time. They were an integral part of any parish's religious life.
Cf. Bead; Obit [< OldEngl. gebed = prayer]

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