Richard Bellings

(c. 1603—1677) politician and historian

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(d. 1677), secretary of the supreme council of the Catholic Confederation and an ambassador to France and Italy. In the 1650s he was a pro-Ormond pamphleteer in recriminations between the exiled confederate factions. After the Restoration Bellings regained part of his lands in the Pale and subscribed to the loyal Catholic Remonstrance of 1666. His History of the Irish Confederation and the War in Ireland, published by J. T. Gilbert in seven volumes (1882–91), gives the Catholic politicking of 1641–9 a simplistic ethnic coloration, but uses many confederate records destroyed by fire in 1711.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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