Sir Edward Bellingham, 5th Baronet

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For the Lord Deputy of Ireland, see Edward Bellingham.

Brigadier-General Sir Edward Henry Charles Patrick Bellingham, 5th Baronet CMG, DSO, DL (26 January 1879 – 19 May 1956)[1] was a British and Irish soldier, politician and finally diplomat.

Background and education[edit]

Bellingham was the eldest son of Sir Alan Henry Bellingham, 4th Baronet and his wife Lady Constance Noel, the second daughter of Charles Noel, 2nd Earl of Gainsborough.[2] He was educated at The Oratory School and went then to the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.[3] In 1921, he succeeded his father as baronet.[2]


In 1899, Bellingham was commissioned as ensign into The Royal Scots[4] He fought with his regiment in the Second Boer War and after short time was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal.[5] In 1902 he received the King's South Africa Medal together with three clasps.[5] During the First World War Bellingham was wounded and mentioned in despatches three times.[5] He was decorated with the Distinguished Service Order in 1916[6] and was promoted to major in 1917, while serving as temporary brigadier-general.[7] In the New Year's Honours 1918, he was invested as a Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George[8] and a year later he was advanced to a brevet lieutenant-colonel.[9] He retired in 1922.[10]

Bellingham was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Louth in 1921, a post he held for only one year until the establishment of the Irish Free State.[11] In 1925, he was elected to the Seanad Éireann with the ninth highest number of first preference votes nationwide of the 76 candidates, and he sat there until its abolition in 1936.[12]

With the outbreak of the Second World War he joined the Royal Air Force.[13] He was promoted to a flight officer in 1941[14] and later led a squadron.[13] After the war he served in the Commission of Control in Germany until 1947.[5] In his last years he was vice-consul at the British embassy in Guatemala.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Bellingham was a breeder of pedigree pigs and Aberdeen Angus cattle.[5] On 11 June 1904, he married Charlotte Elizabeth; she was the daughter of Alfred Payne and widow of Frederick Gough.[1] They had an only daughter.[1] Bellingham died in 1956 and was survived by his wife until 1964.[13] He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his nephew Roger.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Who was Who (1961), p. 90
  2. ^ a b Fox-Davies (1929), p. 132
  3. ^ Who's Who (1951), p. 212
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27110. p. 5251. 22 August 1899. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d e Who's Who (1951), p. 213
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29968. p. 2205. 2 March 1917. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30443. p. 13435. 21 December 1917. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30450. p. 4. 28 December 1917. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31759. p. 1218. 27 January 1920. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 32738. p. 6020. 15 August 1922. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  11. ^ "Lieutenants and Lords-Lieutenants (Ireland) 1831–". Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Seanad Members Database". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  13. ^ a b c d Burke (2003), p. 338
  14. ^ The London Gazette: no. 35301. p. 5798. 7 October 1941. Retrieved 6 January 2010.


  • Who's Who 1951. London: Adam & Charles Black Ltd. 1951. 
  • Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1929). Armorial Families. vol. I. London: Hurst & Blackett. 
  • Who was Who, 1951–1960. London: Adam & Charles Black Ltd. 1961. ISBN 0-7136-2598-8. 
  • Burke, John (2003). Charles Mosley, ed. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage: 107th Edition. vol. I. Wilmington, Delaware: Burke's Peerage. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Alan Bellingham, Bt
Lord Lieutenant of Louth
Office abolished
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Bellingham
(of Castle Bellingham)
Succeeded by
Roger Bellingham