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Sir William Bellingham, 1st Baronet (c. 1756 – 27 October 1826) was an Irish-born British politician and the "controller of the storekeepers' accounts" for the Royal Navy. Bellingham was charged with organizing and procuring provisions for the Vancouver Expedition. Though he never saw the Pacific Oceanmarker, it is he after whom Bellingham Baymarker and the city of Bellingham, Washingtonmarker are named.

Early life

William Bellingham was the son of Col. Alan Bellingham (of Castlebellinghammarker) and Alice Montgomery, daughter of Rev. Hans Montgomery of Grey Abbeymarker House, Co. Down. Bellingham was one of four siblings (O'Bryen, Thomas, and Alan).

He attended Trinity College, Dublinmarker, graduating in 1778 as a Bachelor of Arts. In 1783 he married Hester Frances Cholmondeley (1763-1844), granddaughter of George Cholmondeley, 3rd Earl of Cholmondeley.


Bellingham moved to Reigatemarker, Surreymarker, and from 1784 through 1789 held the elected office of Member of Parliament in the House of Commonsmarker.

In 1789 he was appointed commissioner for the victualling of the Navy, with the specific designation of "Controller of the Storekeepers' Accounts". During this time he oversaw the provisioning of George Vancouver's expedition along the West Coast of North America. Bellingham Baymarker (and subsequently Bellingham, Washingtonmarker) was named by Vancouver in his honor.

He became the private secretary of the Right Honourable William Pitt, and was created Baronet ,of Castle Bellingham on 19 April 1796 . He was also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and was "Receiver General of the Land and Assessed Taxes" of Londonmarker.


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