Record Office at Preston hold microform copies of parish registers
and Bishop's Transcripts for the whole county. Most have been
transcribed in a continuing series published by the Lancashire Parish
Register Society. [
None of the family entries have been checked
with the original Parish Registers or Bishop Transcripts.
published references it seems likely that the first Lancashire member
of the family was the son of one Bimme the White (or Bimme
). The word Bimme would have had the Anglo-French
pronunciation, phonetically "Bamm", which led to such local
names as Bamber Bridge. Many of his descendants adopted the name
Bimson (son of Bimme), and others probably became White, but one of
his sons, Robert, seemingly went on a Crusade, and instead adopted
his nickname from that expedition as his surname - "
a herald or messenger. As this Robert's son, also Robert, was
involved in a land dispute at Lancaster Assizes on 14 January 1305,
the Crusade in question was most likely the eighth Crusade in 1270.
References to Lancashire members of the family are then sparse until
the introduction of parish registers in 1538, but they lived mainly
at Chipping in the Forest of Bowland from the 14th to 17th Centuries.
[Ref Startifant Farm??] The Lancashire line appears to have died out
in the mid-19th Century. The following early references are known:
and his wife Eleanor involved in a court case at Preston re land on
Ribchester on 2 May 1356.
of Macclesfield, Cheshire [
a neighbouring county
], and his son
John, are referred to in legal documents known as Banco Rolls in
was involved in a dispute over lands in Yorkshire and Lancashire, in
Early Chancery Proceedings 1468 - 1485. [
no exact date given
, a priest at Slaidburn, Lancs was involved in a
dispute over the manor of Boland, in Early Chancery Proceedings 1500
- 1515 [
no exact date
]. When visited in the 1990s, his name
does not appear in a list of incumbents in the Slaidburn parish
church, which has a gap around that period.