Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Bewpers is the old name for bunting.
from L&M's Large Glossaryv. 289 bunting, fabic used for flags; origin unknown (?Beaupreau, Fr. town) (elsewhere 'blufers' and other variants) 1592.
OED has no entry for Bewper[s]
flag ...bunting\ a. 'An open-made worsted stuff, used for making flags' (Ure Dict. Arts); also in general, a flag, or flags collectively.
644 H. MANWAYRING Sea-mans Dict. s.v. Flaggs, At sea to lower or strike ones Flagg in fight is a token of yeelding, but otherwise of great obedience and respect.
Errata: OED beaupers, bewpers
A fabric, apparently linen; used for flags.1592 Wills & Inv. N.C. II. (1860) 211 Lawne cufes 3s.,peace of bowpres 16s. 1660 Act 12 Chas. II, iv. Sched., Beaupers the piece jl. vs.
1664 PEPYS Diary (1879) III. 56 Among the Linnen Wholesale Drapers..to see what can be done with them for the supplying our want of Bewpers for flaggs. Ibid. 16 June, Supplying us with bewpers from Norwich.
1720 Stow's Surv. (1754) II. V. xviii. 382/2 Bolters and Bewpers the dozen pieces 1d.
This Life, which seems so fair,Is like a bubble blown up in the airBy sporting children's breath,Who chase it everywhere
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