BEGH (BEGA, BEE) (Saint) Virgin (September 6) (7th century) A holy maiden born in Ireland, who crossed over to Cumberland, where the promontory, Saint Bee’s Head, still perpetuates her memory, as does the name of the village Kilbees in Scotland. She received the religious veil from Saint Aidan, and founded a monastery at Copeland, near Whitehaven. Distinguished in life for charity to the poor, for centuries after her death she was in the greatest veneration in the north-west of England, and her fame spread as far as Norway. There were several Saints of the same period with histories not unlike that of Saint Bee. She may possibly be the virgin Hieu, mentioned by Venerable Bede. Baring-Gould distinguishes three Saint Bees; the first, the Irish Saint mentioned above; the second a nun in Yorkshire; and the third the Abbess of Kilbees.