'Bellew1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Bellew of Bellewstown, Bellew of Castle Martyr, Bellew of Duleek, Bellew of the Roche, Bellew of Rogerstown

Commoners (vol 2, 'Bellew of Stockleigh Court', p532) reports that "This ancient family, which is supposed to be of Italian origin, the name still existing in Italy, was founded in England, by Bellau, or De Bella Aqua, a Norman baron, who appears on the roll of Battel Abbey, as marshal to the Conqueror's army." Banks's 'Baronies in Fee' (vol 2, 1853, p44) reports that "This family is considered to be of Norman extraction, its name being mentioned in the famous Battle Abbey Roll; but ... that roll is not without suspicion of much falsification". BP1934 reports that "This Anglo-Norman family was seated in Yorkshire in 1100". It is not known how the following Adam was connected to Lord John de Bella Aqua or Bellew of Carlton whom we show here. We hope to source information on the early generations of the family in due course. BP1934 mentions ...
Sir Adam de Bella Aqua (Bellew) (a 1210)
1. ?? de Bella Aqua or de Bellew
  (1) BE1883 suggests that "the common ancestor of the various families of the name" in Ireland was a Roger de Bellew and that "The intermediate Lords of Bellewstown and Duleek inter-married with the D'Arcys, Fitzgeralds (Earls of Kildare), St. Lawrence, Flemings, Gernons, and Prestons."
(2) Uncertain on the number of intervening generations. This was possibly the father of ...
  A. Roger Bellew of Bellewstown "in the Parish of Devilike in Com. Midie in Ireland" the first mentioned by Vivian
  i. John Bellew of Bellewstown
  BP1934 identifies a descendant of the above Sir Adam as John Bellew of Bellewstown, co. Galway, from whom 4th in descent was the undermentioned John (a 1402). The intervening generations are as named by Vivian.
  a. James Bellew
  (1) John Bellew
  m. Alice Dalton
  (A) John Bellew
  There is confusion on this (and the preceding?) and at least the next generation. Vivian shows this John as father of 2 Johns by Mabren Darcy with the elder son John (m. Rose Brytt) as father of a John and a James who, by Isott Creuse, was ancestor of the Bellews in Devon and the younger son John (m. Lady Margaret Howith) as ancestor of the Barons & Baronets. Tuckett's 'Devonshire Pedigrees (p157), shows this John as father by Mabren Darcye of John father, by Rose Brett, of the John who m. Lady Margaret Howith and a James who m. Isott Crews. Vivian seems to have at least 1 generation too many whilst Tuckett has 1 more generation than Vivian! BP1934 reports that "fourth in descent from" the above John of Bellewstown was the following John who had 2 sons both called John.
(i) Sir John Bellew of Castle Roche (a 1402)
  m. Rosyn Byrt (or de Verdon)
  (a) John Bellew of the Roche
  ((1)) Sir Richard Bellew of the Roche and Bellewstown, Sheriff of Uriel (a 1474)
  m. Maud Plunkett of Beaulieu
  ((A)) Sir Walter Bellew of the Roche and Bellewstown (d 1542) - continued below
  ((B)) Jane(t) Bellew possibly fits here
  m. John Barnewall, 3rd Lord Trimlestown (d 07.1538)
  ((2)) daughter possibly of this generation
  m. Walter Plunkett of Bewley (Beaulieu)
  (b) John (or James?) Bellew of Bellewstown (twin with above John)
  m. Isott Creuse or Crews



Sir Walter Bellew of the Roche and Bellewstown (d 1542) - continued above
1. ?? Bellew (dvp)
  BP1934 says the following Sir John succeeded his grandfather without providing any information on the intervening generation. BE1883 names the person who succeeded in 1542 as father of the following Sir John, being another Sir John who married Margaret Plunkett, dau of Sir Oliver Plunkett of Beaulieu. BE1883 appears to have confused the generations.
  A. Sir John Bellew of Bellewstown
  m1. (1599) Margaret Plunkett (dau of Oliver Plunkett, 1st Lord Louth)
  i. Sir Christopher Bellew of Bellewstown
  m1. Alice Cussack (dau of Sir Thomas Cussack, Lord Chancellor of Ireland)
a. Sir John Bellew of Bellewstown
  m. Aminet or Aminetta Barnewall (dau of John Barnewall of Drogheda)
  (1) Sir Christopher Bellew of Bellewstown, Governor of Louth (d by 1660)
  m. Frances Plunkett (dau of Mathew Plunkett, 5th Lord Louth)
  (A) Sir John Bellew of Bellewstown, 1st Lord of Duleek (d 12.01.1692/3)
  m. (c1663) Mary Bermingham (d 1694, dau of Walter Bermingham of Dunfert)
  (i) Walter Bellew, 2nd Lord of Duleek (d 1694)
  m. (09.1686) Frances Arabella Wentworth (d 16.03.1723, dau of Sir William Wentworth of Northgatehead)
(a) Mary Bellew
  m. (1702) Denis Kelly of Aughrim
  (b) Frances Arabella Bellew (d 1732)
  m. _ Horncastle
  (ii) Richard Bellew, 3rd Lord of Duleek (d 22.03.1714)
  m. (05.1695) Frances Brudenell (d 23.02.1735, dau of Lord Francis Brudenell)
  (a) John Bellew, 4th Lord of Duleek (b 1702, d 18.08.1770)
  m1. (13.09.1731) Anne Maxwell (d 03.05.1735, dau of William Maxwell, 5th Earl of Nithsdale)
((1)) Mary Frances Bellew (b 1733, dsp)
  m2. (1737) Mary Fitzgerald (d 19.03.1741/2, dau of Maurice Fitzgerald of Castle Ishen)
  ((2)) Emilia Bellew
  m. General Count Taafe of Bohemia
  ((3)) Anne or Mary Bellew
  m. Robert Butler of Ballyraggett (dsp 06.1788)
  m3. (05.1749) Henrietta Lee (b 1726, d 30.04.1752, dau of George Henry Lee, 2nd Earl of Lichfield)
((4))+ issue (d infant)
  (b) Walter Bermingham Bellew (b 1707, d young)
  (c) Dorothea Bellew (b 1696)
  m1. (01.1717) Gustavus Hamilton of Red Wood (d 26.02.1734-5)
  m2. William Cockburn of Redford
  m3. _ Dixon (Captain)
  (iii) Margaret Bellew (d 1700)
  m. (1684) Thomas Nugent, 4th Earl of Westmeath (b 1669, d d 30.06.1752)
  (iv) Jane Bellew probably of this generation
  m. (1688) Thomas D'Arcy of Lisnabin (dvp 1713)
  (B) Matthew Bellew of Rogerstown (d Boyne)
  m. Frances
  (i) Matthew Bellew of Rogerstown
  (a) daughter
  m. Dominick Trant
  (ii) Patrick Bellew
m. Honor Neville (dau of G. Neville)
  (a) Roger Bellew of Castle Martyr
  m. Bryanna Wright of Cork
  ((1)) Patrick Bellew of Bellendines, Castle Martyr
  m. (02.03.1772) Sarah Pratt (sister of Gen. John Pratt)
  ((A)) Robert Bellew
  m. Sophia Fowke (dau of Joseph Fowke)
  ((i)) Francis John Bellew (b 19.01.1799, 2nd son) had issue
  m. (11.1819) Ann Temple (dau of Simon Temple of Hylton Castle)
  ((ii)) Henry Walter Bellew had issue
  m. (1830) Anna Jeremie (dau of Capt. Jeremie)
  ((iii)) Louisa Bellew
  m. John Baker Graves of Fort William
((iv))+ other issue - Patrick Edward (dsp), Christopher, Frances (d unm), Sarah Margaret (d unm)
  ((B)) Patrick Bellew (dsp, Major)
  ((C)) Bryanna Bellew
  m. Richard Fitton of Gawsworth
  ((i)) Sarah Fitton probably of this generation
  m. (23.12.1815) Henry Pratt (b 1787, d 1858, Major)
  ((2))+ 2 daughters
  (iii)+ other issue - Robert of Ballydonell (had issue), Thomas of Gaffney
  b. Ismay Bellew (d by 1631) probably of this generation, presumed of this marriage
  m. Sir William Taaffe of Harleston & Smarmore (d 09.02.1630/1)
  m2. Catherine Sarsfield (dau of Sir William Sarsfield of Lucan)
  ii. John Bellew of Lisrany and Graftonstown
  m. Joan Lynam of Adamstown
  iii. Richard Bellew of Stameen
  m. Margaret Alcock (dau of Nicholas Alcock of Drogheda)
  a. John Bellew
  m. Mary
  (1) Richard Bellew
  m2. Janet Sarsfield (of Lucan family)
  m3. Ismay Nugent

Main source(s): BP1934 (Bellew), BE1883 (Bellew of Duleek) with input/support for the upper section from Visitation (J.L. Vivian (1895), Devon, 1531+1564+1620+additions, 'Bellew of Stockleigh English', p68)
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