Ann, thank you for your note.The ONLY connection to date is that my F told me that his GF came from Chapel en le Frith. At some stage, the name Kirk came into the family.My G/F(John Kirk Beard) was a papermaker in Ballyclare , Co.Antrim, N.I. - moved there from England. It is said that a "Squire" Horrocks (?John) was a cousin of his. He was the Manager in the Mill. There was also said to be a connection with a family called Birchenough in or about Buxton. I may have said elsewhere that three cousins and a second cousin were either W. or J. Kirk Beard, Baird ,Morrison. There must be a strong Kirk link somewhere. I know there were Kirks in Chapel.! Unfortunately I cannot get any further than this. Will be in touch again. David.