Sir Henry Bellingham, 4th Baronet

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Sir Alan Henry Bellingham, 4th Baronet, (23 August 1846 – 9 June 1921) was an Anglo-Irish Conservative Member of Parliament. He was Justice of the Peace, High Sheriff of Louth and Lord Lieutenant of Louth. He was Senator of the Royal University of Ireland and Private Chamberlain to popes Pius IX, Leo XIII and Pius X. He was the father of the diplomat Sir Edward Bellingham, 5th Bt. and the uncle of Sir Evelyn Wrench, editor of The Spectator.[1]


Castle Bellingham, County Louth; seat of the Bellinghams since 1660.

Born at Dunany House, Castlebellingham, County Louth, he was the eldest son of Sir Alan Bellingham (1800-1889), 3rd Bt., and his wife Elizabeth, only daughter of Henry Clarke, of West Skirbeck House, Lincolnshire.[2]

He was educated at Harrow School and Exeter College, Oxford, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1869 and a Master of Arts three years later.[2] He succeeded his father as baronet in 1889.[3] In 1900, he inherited the Castlebellingham estate from his uncle, Sydney Robert Bellingham. In 1909, he received a Honorary Doctorate of Law from the Royal University of Ireland and became one of its senators.[4]


In 1875, he was called to the bar by Lincoln's Inn.[2] Bellingham served in the British Army and captain in the 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles.[2] He entered the British House of Commons in 1880, representing County Louth as Member of Parliament (MP) until 1885.[5] He was High Sheriff of Louth in 1897, Justice of the Peace for this county[4] and, having been previously a Deputy Lieutenant was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Louth in 1911, an office he held until his death in 1921.[6] Bellingham was Commissioner of National Education for Ireland and was successively Private Chamberlain to the three popes, Pius IX, Leo XIII and Pius X.[7] He was also High Sheriff of Louth for 1897.


On 13 January 1874, he married firstly Lady Constance Julia Eleanor Georgiana Noel, daughter of Charles Noel, 2nd Earl of Gainsborough at St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Exton.[8] She died in 1891, and Bellingham married secondly Hon. Lelgarde Harry Florence Clifton, younger daughter of Augustus Wykeham Clifton and his wife Bertha Clifton, 22nd Baroness Grey de Ruthyn at the Church of Our Lady, St John's Wood on 11 June 1895.[8] Bellingham had two sons and two daughters by his first wife.[3] He died aged 74 and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his older son Edward.[1] His second daughter Augusta married John Crichton-Stuart, 4th Marquess of Bute.[8] He was the uncle of Sir Evelyn Wrench, editor of The Spectator


  1. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment - Baronetage". Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d Debrett, John (1881). Robert Henry Mair, ed. Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench. London, UK: Dean & Son. p. 16. 
  3. ^ a b Debrett, John (1893). Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage. London: Oldhams Press. p. 41. 
  4. ^ a b Walford, Edward (1919). The County Families of the United Kingdom. vol. LIX. London: Spottiswoode, Ballantyne and Co. Ltd. p. 98. 
  5. ^ "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Louth County". Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Institute of Historical Research - Lieutenants and Lords-Lieutenants of Ireland from 1831". Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  7. ^ Who is Who 1914. London: Adam & Charles Black Ltd. 1914. p. 149. 
  8. ^ a b c "ThePeerage - Sir Alan Henry Bellingham, 4th Bt". Retrieved 18 February 2007. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alexander Martin Sullivan
Philip Callan
Member of Parliament for County Louth
With: Philip Callan
Constituency abolished
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Bellew
Lord Lieutenant of Louth
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Bellingham, 5th Bt
Baronetage of Ireland
Preceded by
Alan Bellingham
(of Castle Bellingham)
Succeeded by
Edward Bellingham