Descendants of John DE BELASIS



She brought the estates of Smithells into the Belasyse family.

99. Thomas BELASYSE Viscount Fauconberg

He was one of the Privy Council of Charles II and Ambassador to the Italian States.

After his death, the Earldom became extinct, but the other titles devolved on his nephew, Thomas.

82. Lord John BELASYSE

Lord John Belasyse won his title through his steadfastness to King Charles I.  He raised six regiments and commanded a tertia in the Royal army.  He fought at the battles of Edgehill, Newbury, Naseby and Selby; and at the sieges of Reading, Bristol (eventually marching in through the Lawford gate) and Newark. (In the middle of all this, in 1661, his nephew, Thomas Belasyse, Viscount Fauconberg, married Oliver Cromwell's daughter Mary.) John was made Lieut. General of forces in the counties of York, Nottingham, Lincoln, Derby and Rutland.  He was Governor of York and Newark.  He was one of the six members of the Sealed Knot, conspiring for the return of the King.  In the reign of Charles II, he was Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Governor of Hull, General of Forces in Africa, Governor of Tangiers and Captain of His Majesty's Guard of Gentleman Pensioners.  In 1678, he was imprisoned in the Tower of London with four other Lords in connection with the Titus Oates Plot and they were impeached for high treason but they were released in 1685 on the accession of James II.  Lord John was then made 1st Lord Commissioner of the Treasury.

88. Sir Richard BELLASIS

Sir Richard Bellasis of Ludworth, Owton, Bleatarn and Haswell.

89. Col William BELLASIS

Colonel William Bellasis left £50 per annum each to his second wife and to Hugh.

93. George BELLASIS

This note should be read in conjunction with the Document at

The George Bellasis who was born in Co. Durham was registered by the College of Arms as being one and the same as he who died in Co. Westmorland (possibly on the balance of probability).  A discrepancy arises owing to the fact that George Bellasis of Westmorland mentions his brother Lancelot in his Will.  The brothers Stephen and Lancelot and son/nephew George, were tenants of Lord Wharton in 1580 and mentioned again in 1598.  The George from Co.Durham was assumed to be the tenant of another Lord Wharton in 1681.  It is likely that the Bellas family, as they became known, found their way to Westmorland through the estate of Bleatarn or Blentarn (neither of which are on the map now, or Blencarn, which is) which was owned by Richard Belasyse (whose maternal grandfather was Lancelot), Constable of Durham Castle and Commissioner of the North for Henry VIII. Byland Abbey in Yorkshire had lands in Westmoreland and this was likely on of them when it was dissolved. Richard passed Bleatarn to his son Richard Jnr, who never married. Richard Jnr settled lands on his nephews, Bryan, Charles and James (but not Nicholas who was living in 1564).  Charles was at Houghton-le-Spring. James was at Stanton.  Bryan got the Bleatarn estate, but it is not clear what his grandson, George's brother Sir Richard, did with it.  So, Bleatarn may have been sold and Sir Richard's younger brother by ten years, George, may have had a caretaker role.

On the other hand, George may have been the son of a Westmorland Bellesse, Nicholas, who is known to have had a son Lancelot.  Nicholas was the elder son of George Bellesse of Long Marton, who was the son of Lancelot Belles, who was the son of Elizabeth Bellas of Long Marton who made a Will in 1580.  Since 'Robert' is such a strong name through the Bellas of Westmorland, it is feasible that Elizabeth was married to one of the Brancepeth brothers' predecessors, one of whom was Robert, just five generations back and more or less matching Elizabeth's generation, though her birth date is not known; giving reason to suppose that she was not born in the area.  Nothing is known of Robert (or his brother William) and he may have been much younger than his brother Thomas, who received all of their father's inheritance.

If Robert's family (if he had one) helped with Westmorland estates and stayed close to the Durham family, they would very likely have emulated the christian names as they arose.  For example, Richard  Belasyse died in 1540.  Richard Bellas died in 1597.  Nicholas and James were new names in the Durham family in the 1560s, and they also became new names among the Westmorland Bellas families just a little bit later.  The names Robert and John, on the other hand, which were strong family names from Norman times, continued in Westmorland, but were dropped from the Durham branch; this almost appears as a disassociation in the other direction.

There is a plaque in the church in Appelby that lists the Vicars since 1250. This list is further evidence of the interests in Westmoreland from the east side of England. St Michael's was owned by the Convent of St Mary's, York, and it's 12th Vicar, in 1579, was Thomas Fairfax. (Thomas Bellas was its 21st Vicar in 1823.) It is worth noting that George's (Durham) great-grandfather, Sir William Belasyse (1523-1604), married Margaret Fairfax. This period coincides with Elizabeth Bellas.

This note has used the pedigree of Augustus Bellasis and the Path notes of Sydney Bellas on the web, and the plaque in St Michael's Appelby.  More research should be possible.  For the time being, the two Georges will remain one and the same.

Marriage Notes for George BELLASIS and Elizabeth PARKER

This was George's second marriage.

This was George's second marriage.

137. William BELLAS

William Bellas was the son by his father's 1st wife; the dates and details are unknown.