Beeke was born in Kingsteighnton, Devon on 6 January 1751, the son of a vicar, and died at Torquay on 9 March 1837. He entered Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1769 (BA 1773, MA 1776) and went on to study divinity (BD 1785, DD 1800). Ordained in 1782, he was vicar of St Mary the Virgin, Bristol (1782–9), rector of Ufton Norcot, Berkshire (1789–1789) and Dean of Bristol from 1813 until his death. At the same time he was a fellow of Oriel College from 1775, and in 1801 took up the post of professor of modern history at Oxford.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.