The Burkes of Bekan leased land in the locality and lived in the village. John F. Burke is recorded as holding land in the townland of Bekan at the time of Griffith's Valuation. he was leasing property from the estate of Lady Frederick Beauclerk, who was Charlotte Dillon, daughter of 12th Viscount Dillon of Loughglynn.
Contemporary printed sources
- LEWIS, Samuel. ''A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland''. London: S. Lewis & Co., 1837: Vol 1, 189
- ''GRIFFITH'S VALUATION OF IRELAND'[Primary Valuation of Tenements]', 1850-1858. : Claremorris Union, 128