The Bellingham Diary.

Covering the years 1688-89-90.


About Colonel Thomas Bellingham.
Thomas Bellingham was born about 1646 and died on the 15th of September, 1721. In 1671 married Abigail, daughter of William Handcock, of Twyford, in Co. Westmeath.

Thomas Bellingham, the diarist, was connected with the forces of William III. He was quartered with his regiment for some time in Lancashire - chiefly at Preston. In August, 1689, he left Preston with his regiment, and, joining the forces named, at Hoylake, sailed with them to Ireland. In November, 1689, he returned to Preston, and remained there till May, 1690, when he again left - embarking with soldiers, &c., at Hoylake - for Ireland.

He acted as a guide or A.D.C. when William's army marched from Dundalk to the Boyne, was consulted by both William and the Duke of Schomberg before the battle of the Boyne took place, was at that battle, ranked as Colonel then or shortly afterwards, and went with the King to Duleek. Later he withdrew from military life.

On the 15th of September, 1721, he died, at the age of 75, and his remains were interred under the Protestant Episcopal Church at the village of Castlebellingham, in a vault which it is said he had "caused to be made for himself and his parents."

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Updated: 24th March, 2014.
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