from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birkbeck research.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1524, 1589, 1776, 1841, 1584, 1656, 1696, 1717, 1696 and 1771 are included under the topic Early Birkbeck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Translation and spelling were non-standardized practices in the Middle Ages, so scribes had only their ears to rely on. This was a practice of extremely limited efficiency, and spelling variations
in names, even within a single document, were the result. Over the years, Birkbeck has appeared Birkbeck, Birbeck, Birbecke, Birbeke, Birkbeke and many more.
Notable amongst the family at this time was Simon Birckbek or Birkbeck (1584-1656), an English clergyman and controversialist from Hornby, Westmorland; and Christopher Birbeck (1696-1717), an English... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birkbeck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
The fertile east coast of what would become US and Canada was soon dotted with the farms of Scottish settlers. Some of them remained faithful to the crown and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others had the chance to pay back their old oppressors in the American War of Independence
. That brave spirit lives on today in the highland games that dot North America in the summer. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Birkbeck family came to North America quite early: Willliam Birbeck who settled in Jamaica in 1774.