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Bellomont, Earl of (I, 1689 - 1766)


Creation: let.pat. 2 Nov 1689


Extinct: 10 Feb 1766


Family name: Coote




Argent a Chevron Sable between three Coots proper


A Coot proper


On either side a Wolf Ermines


 Vincit Veritas



Richard [Coote], 2nd Baron Coote later 1st Earl of Bellomont

2nd but 1st surv son and heir of Richard [Coote], 1st Baron Coote, by his wife Mary St George, 2nd dau. of Sir George St George, of Carrickdrummuske, co. Leitrim



19 Aug 1680 Catharine Nanfan (b. 9 Feb 1665; mar. (2) 1 Apr 1702 Rear Admiral of the Red William Caldwall, of St James's, Westminster (d. 1718), (3) 24 Nov 1720 Samuel Pytts, of Kyre, co. Worcester, and (4) 3 Dec 1737 William Bridgen, Lord Mayor of London 1763 (d. Oct 1779); d. 12 Mar 1737/8; bur. at Birtsmorton, co. Worcester), dau. and hrss. of Bridges Nanfan, of Birtsmorton and Berrow, co. Worcester, by his wife Catharine Hastings, dau. of Hon Sir George Hastings (by his wife Seymour Pryn, dau. and cohrss. of Sir Gilbert Pryn), brother of Henry [Hastings], 5th Earl of Huntingdon, and 2nd son of Hon Francis Hastings, styled Lord Hastings (by his wife Sarah Harington, sister of John [Harington], 1st Baron Harington of Exton, and dau. of Sir James Harington, of Exton, co. Rutland), 1st son and heir ap. of George [Hastings], 4th Earl of Huntingdon


1. Hon Nanfan Coote, later 2nd Earl of Bellomont

2. Hon Richard Coote, later 3rd Earl of Bellomont


5 Mar 1700/1


2 Nov 1689 Earl of Bellomont "in our Kingdom of Ireland"

suc. by



suc. his father 10 Jul 1683 as 2nd Baron Coote; one of the first to join the Prince of Orange in 1688, he was attainted by the Irish Parliament in May 1689; Governor of Leitrim 1689; Member of Parliament (Whig) for Droitwich 1689-95; on being created Earl of Bellomont he was granted over 77,000 acres of forfeited Irish lands; Treasurer to Queen Mary II 1689-93; Governor of Massachusetts 1695-97 and of New York 1697-1700/1


Nanfan [Coote], 2nd Earl of Bellomont


c. 1681


17 Feb 1705/6 Lucia Anna de Nassau, styled Countess of Nassau (d. 4 Sep 1744; bur. in St James's Church, Piccadilly, Westminster), sister of Henry [D'Auverquerque], 1st Earl of Grantham, and yst. dau. of Henry of Nassau, Lord of Auverquerque (by his wife Frances van Aersen, dau. of Cornelius van Aersen, Lord of Sommeladyck and Plaata), son of Louis de Nassau, Lord of Auverquerque (by his wife Elizabeth van Hoorn), illegitimate son of Maurice, Count of Nassau and Prince of Orange

only child

1. Lady Frances Coote (dspm. 14 Apr 1733; bur. at Clifton, co. Nottingham), mar. 28 Jun 1723 as his first wife Sir Robert Clifton, 5th Bt. KB, of Clifton, co. Nottingham, and had issue


s.p.m. 14 Jun 1708 (bur. in Bath Abbey, co. Somerset)

suc. by




Richard [Coote], 3rd Earl of Bellomont


mar. (1)

Judith Wilkinson (dvp. 6 Apr 1719; bur. in Christ Church, Dublin), dau. and hrss. in her issue of Francis Wilkinson, of Southwark, co. Surrey. "a dealer in coney wool"

children by first wife

1. Capt Hon Richard Coote, styled Lord Coloony (dvp. 23 Oct 1740)

2. Hon Thomas Coote, styled Lord Coloony (b. 15 Apr 1710; dvp. and sp. 24 Mar 1765; bur. in St Anne's Church, Soho), mar. Elizabeth Bond (d. 9 Jul 1763; bur. in St Anne's Church, Soho), 1st dau. of Thomas Bond, of Dublin, merchant

1. Lady Mary Coote

2. Lady Judith Coote, on her death she left the Birtsmorton and Berrow estates to her second cousin Charles [Coote], 1st Earl of Bellomont, to the exclusion of the descendants of her first cousin, Lady Frances Clifton, who were the representatives of the family of Nanfan, from whom the Coote family had inherited the estates (d. 10 Jan 1771)

mar. (2)

4 May 1721 Anne Oxenden (widow of Sir Henry Oxenden, 4th Bt., of Dene Court, co. Kent; dspms. 13 Feb 1723/4; bur. in St Anne's Church, Soho), dau. of John Holloway, of Oxford, barrister


s.p.m.s. 10 Feb 1766 (bur. at Birtsmorton, co. Worcester)


sold the family estate in Coloony, co. Sligo, for almost 17,000 in 1729; inherited the estate of Birtsmorton, co. Worcester, from his mother 1737/8


On the death of the 3rd Earl of Bellomont the 1689 Earldom of Bellomont became extinct, but the Barony of Coote passed to his first cousin once removed, Charles Coote, who was created Earl of Bellomont on 4 Sep 1767.


Last updated 4 Apr 2006



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