The Talhouk family was one of the first to settle in Baissour, as early as the 1500s.
Hammoud Khattar Talhouk was appointed by Daoud Basha to assess properties in the area.
Khattar Hammoud Talhouk was Director of The North West District in 1900.
Born in Baissour, Mohammed Mustafa Aridi (1911-1991) was a journalist, linguist, poet, editor-in-chief of “Al-Zaman” (Time), director of the newspaper “Al-Binna”, the mouthpiece of the Syrian National Social Party, and he also ran the magazine “Good Morning”.
Farhan Mohammed Al-Aridi (1910-1990) was a master of colloquial poetry, he created the “Lebanese Zajal” choir.
Feres Molaeb, calligrapher, painter and musician, was born in Baysour in 1938. He was the first man from the East to be named in the Guinness Book of Records. He engraved a complete book in Arabic of 160 pages on a piece of silver the size of a personal card. He was awarded the Medal of Cedars.
Today, Baysour still boasts many famous faces – including artists and politicians.
Jamil Molaeb is one of Lebanon’s better-known modernist artists. His son, Ribal Molaeb, is an internationally acclaimed violinist. At certain times of the year, the Molaebs hold spectacular music and art events at their Museum/Gallery in Baysour.
Another famous artist, born in Baysour, now living in America, is Marwan Aridi. An Arabic calligrapher, his designs are incorporated in books, magazines, advertisements, and a plethora of commissioned artwork around the globe.
Baysour was the birthplace of Wadih Youssef Molaeb (1914-1984) – prominent journalist, poet and politician, and founder of the Arab National Action League in the 1940s.
Baysour is also home to Lebanese politician, Ghazi Aridi.