Bellew (No. 1.) family genealogy


Arms: Sa. fretty or. Crest: An arm embowed in armour holding a sword all ppr. Motto: Tout d’en haut.

According to A. Crossly’s Peerage, this family is a long time in Ireland. In 1445 Philip Bellew, Esq., was Bailiff of the City of Dublin. From him descended James Bellew, who in 1598 was Mayor of Dublin; and from him descended Sir John Bellew, Bart., P.C. to King James II., and Colonel in his Army; he was the first Peer in the Bellew family. Baron Bellew married a daughter of Lord Athenry, and had two sons: 1. Matthew, who died s.p.; and 2. Richard, who succeeded his father, and had a son John, who was a minor in 1724. This Captain the Honble. Richard Bellew commenced his military service as Lieutenant in Dongan’s Horse, and served through the war of the Revolution. After the Battle of Aughrim, he was appointed to the command of Tyrconnell’s Horse vacant by the death in that fight of his relative Colonel Walter Nugent. On the termination of the war in Ireland, in 1691, Col. Bellew brought his regiment to France, where it was called “The King of England’s Dismounted Dragoons.” During his service in France, being as he considered, unjustly deprived of his command,[1] Col. Bellew returned to Ireland, where, on the death of his elder brother in 1694, he became third Lord Bellew. Next year he married the widow of the second Earl of Newburgh, with whom he got a fortune of £17,000; conformed to the Protestant religion; took his seat in the House of Peers; and died in 1714, leaving a son John, who became the fourth Lord Bellew, and who died in 1770 without male issue, when the title in this immediate line became extinct.


[1] Command: Bellew was deprived of his command in favour of Thos. Maxwell, a Scot.