Richard Bellings

Life
1613-1677 [or Bellings]; b. Belingstown; ed. Lincoln’s Inn; composed 6th book of Sidney’s Arcadia (1628); Irish MP, secretary to supreme council of Confederation of Kilkenny, 1642; royalist ambassador, 1645-49; escaped to France and remained there until the Restoration; author of an unpublished History of the Confederation, MSS issued by Sir John Gilbert, 1882; d. Dublin; formerly thought to have written the Vindiciarum catholicorum Hiberniae (1654) of John Callaghan. ODNB DIW

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References
Muriel McCarthy, ed., Hibernia Resurgens [Catalogue of Marsh’s Library Exhibition] (Dublin: Marsh’s Library 1994), corrects false attribution of Vindiciarum to Bellings, cited as Vindication in Cleeve & Brady (A Dictionary of Irish Writers, 1985 Edn.) [see McCarthy p.48.]

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Notes
Brian Cleeve & Ann Brady, A Dictionary of Irish Writers (Dublin: Lilliput 1985) cite Belingstown as the birthplace of the author, following the Dictionary of National Biography. However, there is no Belingsown in the Shell Guide to Ireland (1967 Edn.) [check RIA Atlas].

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