An English variant of procurator is proctor, which has the basic meaning ‘one who represents or acts for another’, and is used in various legal, Church of England and university contexts. One of the most unusual appears on the plaque above the door of the Six Poor Travellers’ House in Rochester , a 16th-century almshouse. As the inscription on the plaque says, it was erected to provide food and lodging every night to six poor travellers, provided they were neither ‘rogues nor proctors’. Apparently a statute of Edward VI allowed lepers and bedridden people to appoint others to beg on their behalf, and these proxy beggars were technically known as proctors.
(The Six Poor Travellers fulfilled its function faithfully, exactly as its founder had prescribed - every evening the warden went down to Rochester Bridge and waited there till he had found six poor travellers needing a bed for the night - for 354 years, till in 1940 the whole area around Chatham naval dockyard was barred to casual travellers until the end of WWII.)