The Burkes were established in Bekan by the mid 18th century when Francis Burke of Bekan married Mary Kirwan of Gardenfield, near Tuam, Co Galway. A descendant John Francis Burke was the Coroner for Co Mayo in 1844 and had a son Patrick M.D. Robert Burke in his book 'Annie's Letter' gives an account of tracing his ancestors, the Burkes of Bekan.
|Burke (Bekan)||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.|