Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BED(D)RAL(L), Beddrel, bedril(l), Betherel, n. A bedridden, maimed or crippled person. [′bɛdrɑl, ′bɛdrəl, ′bɛdrɪl Sc.; ′beðərəl, ′bɛdrɪl Ant., Dwn.] Sh. 1877  G. Stewart Sh. Fireside Tales (1892) vi.:
I'm ta be petied, left here . . . a puir beddral.
Bnff. 1933 2 :
The form with which I am most familiar is “Beddral.”
Abd. 1909  J. T. Jeannie Jaffray 177:
“Remember in prayer Jean Hunter, bedril,” — though she had been remembered for twenty years, Jean had never risen.
Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 58:
Bedrall. A person so lame or disordered that he is obliged to remain constantly a-bed.
Uls. 1880  W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.:
Bedrill, a bed-ridden person; same as Betherel.
Uls. 1898  A. McIlroy Auld Meetin'-Hoose Green vi.:
Drivin' a puir lass tae her grave, — an' her wi' a pair o' beddrels dependin' on 'ir.

[Prob. a metathetic form of Bedlar, q.v.]

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