Bess o' Bedlam

A female lunatic vagrant. Bedlam is a common name for a madhouse, and Bess is a national name for a woman, especially of the lower order. The male lunatic is a Tom o' Bedlam.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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