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Devices Developed by
and Articles Written by Albert Knight

Albert Knight passed away on 6 March 2018 at the age of 92

Albert Knight, Gormanston 1997, Photo... Micheál Mac Giolla Coda Albert Knight is one of those beekeepers that there are not enough superlatives to describe. He has been a stalwart member of BIBBA for many years and has held many posts in that organisation. He is a retiring sort of guy and he will be embarrassed by the praise that I am heaping on him in this text, but credit has to be given where it is due and there are very few that deserve as much as Albert Knight.

Albert is pictured at right while he was at Gormanston during 1997, he was a regular attendee of the Gormanston Summer school, supported and accompanied by his wife Sylvia, he has been unable to attend since 2005 (In fact he attended once more. R.P.) owing to health problems, his cheery face is missed by those that gather every year at that venue.

Micheál Mac Giolla Coda, Albert Knight, BIBBA AGM 2006, Photo... Marshall Pugh Albert retired as Honorary Secretary of BIBBA after 19 years of outstanding service to BIBBA and its members. However he carried on as group secretary until finally handing over to Sandra Unwin. The image below or left shows Albert being presented with a crystal vase at the BIBBA AGM 2006 in recognition of the outstanding service he has given over many years.

Morphomtric confirmation of findings made by assessing behavioural characters is strong on Albert's list of involvement. The links in the menu above attest to his aspirations in this direction. There are other morphometry files that are due to Albert Knight and his colleagues on my Downloads page.

In addition to the documents and articles, Albert has freely passed on many tips on all aspects of beekeeping, but especially in grafting, queen raising and introduction.


Soon after the announcement of Albert Knight's passing there were many tributes to his contribution to beekeeping. Two appear here.

Albert Knight – an appreciation.

Albert Knight first became involved in BIBBA in the winter of 1977 when Adrian Waring was running a beekeeping course at Broomfield College, Derbyshire. He joined BIBBA in 1978 and took over from Adrian as secretary in 1979, and remained in this role for many years. He became the voice of BIBBA and was indefatigable in promoting the native bee, queen rearing, and BIBBA. Apart from fulfilling his secretarial duties, he produced numerous leaflets and computer programs. In 1981, following a beekeeping tour of Germany, he was involved in the establishment of an isolated mating site at Spurn Point. At this time, he was the driving force behind a surge of publications and, eventually, the publication of Bee Improvement magazine. It was Albert who suggested the British Isles Bee Breeders Association be changed to Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association, as a more inclusive title!

He was a knowledgeable beekeeper & queen breeder, who was always ready to share his experience to help others. Albert wrote to me: "The committee members took BIBBA forward with renewed vigour and surprised many who had expected BIBBA to fall by the wayside when they heard of Beo’s (Beowulf Cooper) death (in 1981). We followed Beo’s aims and I think we have a new status for BIBBA in beekeeping circles. Much of what was achieved resulted from Albert’s involvement.

My fondest memory of Albert is when we attended the Summer Course at Gormanston, Ireland. At the ceilidh he recited from memory A.B. (Banjo) Paterson’s poem The Man from Snowy River – all 13 verses without hardly a hesitation. Perhaps the last lines are appropriate:

The man from Snowy River is a household word to-day,

And the stockmen tell the story of his ride.

Brian P. Dennis.

Albert Knight

I often come across beekeepers with fond memories of Albert Knight that usually mention the kindness and help he had given them. Albert came into beekeeping relatively late, but quickly gained a reputation for his enthusiasm of our native honey bee Apis mellifera mellifera. Although he never wrote a book he was a prolific writer of articles, leaflets and booklets. He compiled and edited the booklet "BIBBA Guide to Managing Apidea Mini-nucs" that is still relevant and popular.

Albert was a very competent bee breeder and queen rearer who spoke and demonstrated this side of the craft widely. On several occasions I have had beekeepers show me a handout they had obtained from one of Albert's presentations many years before.

Old documents show how much Albert did for BIBBA, including a 19 year stint as secretary. At the 2006 BIBBA AGM Albert was presented with a crystal vase in recognition of many years outstanding service by BIBBA President Micheál Mac Giolla Coda.

Failing eyesight unfortunately curtailed Albert's beekeeping, but he still retained a keen interest in what was happening. He, along with the late John Dews, persuaded me to join the BIBBA committee. Dave Cushman dedicated a page on his website to Albert, where he also lists a small selection of Albert's writings and inventions.

I am unsure of the year, but probably around 2011/2 I was asked to collect Albert from Dublin Airport to take him to the bus that was going to the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Association's Gormanston summer course. He was brought from the aircraft in a wheelchair, but his eyesight was so bad he couldn't see me. Despite that, on the "social night" Albert stood up and fluently recited the poem "The Man From Snowy River".

Roger Patterson.

Originally written by Dave Cushman. Edited by Roger Patterson.

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