Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Chamberdeacon Definition:

An Irish beggar.

Also spelled chamberdekin.

In an unnamed statute dated 1413, Henry 5th of England introduced the term to the common law with this:

"[F]or the quietness and peace within the realm of England, .. it is ordered ... that all Irish clerk beggars called chamberdeadons, be voided out of the realm, betwixt the feast of St. Michael next coming and the feast of All Saints next following, upon pain to lose their goods and to be imprisoned at the King's pleasure; except such as be graduates in the schools, and sergeants and apprentices of the law, and such which be inheritors in England and religous persons professed and except also the merchants born in Ireland of good name...."

REFERENCES:

  • 1 Henry V, Chapter 8 (1413)
  • Rastell, J., Les Termes de la Ley (Boston: J. Johnson, 1812), page 76

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