says Blackstone, is “persona ecclesiae,” one that hath full rights of the parochial church. (See Clerical Titles.)
Among wyves and wodewes ich am ywoned sute [wont to set], Yparroked [impaled] in puwes. The person hit knoweth.
“God give you good morrow, master, person” (i.e. Sir
Nathaniel, a parson). —
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894