BELLOW (BELLEW), John (d.1559), of Grimsby and Newstead, Lincs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
Available from Boydell and Brewer



Oct. 1553
Apr. 1554
Nov. 1554

Family and Education

?1st s. of John Bellow of Lincs. m. Ursula, da. of John Appleyard of Heslington, near York, at least 1s.

Offices Held

Servant of Thomas Cromwell by 1534; bailiff of lands of Newstead priory 1545; mayor, Grimsby 1546-7, 1549-50, 1552-3, 1555-6; j.p. Lincs. (Kesteven and Lindsey), and Yorks. (E. Riding) by 1547, rem. 1557; escheator, Lincs. 1547-8; keeper of north park of Burstwick, Yorks. 1549; surveyor, receiver of augmentations, E. Riding: j.p. Lincs. (Lindsey) 1559.


Of a family that moved from Devon to Lincolnshire in the sixteenth century, Bellow made one fortune through trade and another through speculating in monastic lands after he entered the service of Thomas Cromwell. During the Pilgrimage of Grace he was nearly murdered by a Lincolnshire mob.

At his first election to Parliament for Grimsby, Bellow agreed not to ask for any expenses, and in January 1559 he signed a bond to indemnify the corporation for his own costs and those of his prospective colleague, Harington, who in the event did not sit. Bellow died 6 June 1559. The heir, Sylvester, received livery of his lands in December 1561.

C1/734/36; Lincs. Peds. (Harl. Soc. l) 32, 35; LP Hen. VIII, passim; HMC 14th Rep. VIII, 276, 289-90; CPR, 1547-8, pp. 86, 92; 1550-3, p.431; 1558-60, p. 48; 1560-3, p. 431; 1558-60, p. 48; 1560-3, p. 365; CPR, 1553 and App. Edw. VI, passim; Vis. Devon, ed. Vivian, 68-9; Burke, Commoners, ii. 553 n; E371/402(1); C142/127/16; Wards 7/102/190.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N. M. Fuidge