BELASYSE, Sir Henry (c.1639-67), of Worlaby, Lincs.
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b. c.1639, o.s. of John Belasyse, 1st Baron Belasyse of Worlaby (d.1689), by 1st w. Jane, da. and h. of Sir Robert Boteler of Watton Woodhall, Herts. m. (1) Rogersa (d.1659), da. and coh. of Richard Rogers of Bryanston, Dorset, s.p.; (2) lic. 20 Oct. 1662, aged 23, (with £8,000), Susan, da. and coh. of Sir William Armyne, 2nd Bt., of Osgodby, Lincs., 1s. KB 23 Apr. 1661.
Capt. of ft. Hull garrison Oct. 1660-2, 1665-d.; lt. Duke of Buckingham’s Horse June-Sept. 1666.1
Commr. for sewers, Lincs. Aug. 1660, corporations, Yorks. 1662-3, assessment, Lincs. and Yorks. (W. Riding) 1664-d.; freeman, York 1664.2
Belasyse’s ancestors had been Yorkshire landowners since the 13th century, expanded their estates at the dissolution of the monasteries, and first sat for Thirsk in 1586. His father, a younger son, settled in Lincolnshire, where he acquired the Worlaby estate of about £800 p.a., but he represented the family borough in both the Short and Long Parliaments until disabled for royalism. A leading commander in the field, he was raised to the peerage in 1645, and compounded on the Newark articles at £2,078. He probably became a Roman Catholic during the Interregnum, but at the Restoration he was nevertheless rewarded for his loyalty with a number of offices, including the lord lieutenancy of the East Riding and the governorship of Hull.3
Belasyse himself was a Protestant like most of his family. A young widower, he was given a commission in the Hull garrison under his father, but his company was disbanded in 1662. He was involved with Lord Buckhurst (Charles Sackville) in the manslaughter of a tanner whom they had mistaken for a highwayman in Waltham forest. ‘Having made some waste in his estate’, he was compelled by his father to marry a girl of 13 worth £1,000 p.a.