Henchman. Henchboy

The Anglo-Saxon hinc is a servant or page; or perhaps henges-man, a horse-man; henges or hengst, a horse.

I do but beg a little changeling boy
To be my benchman.

Shakespeare: Midsummer Night's Dream. ii. 1.

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