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John Belasyse (Bellasis), 1st Baron Belasyse of Worlaby (circa 1615-1689), Royalist army officer; MP for Thirsk

Sitter in 7 portraits
Belasyse was a soldier and administrator, who during the Civil War raised six regiments for the king. He was imprisoned by the Parliamentary side on four occasions and was shot in the head during one battle, but recovered and remained a loyal royalist throughout the wars and Interregnum. At the Restoration his career was frustrated by his Catholicism, he was forced to resign as Governor of Tangier, and was implicated in the alleged Popish Plot (1678) for which he was was imprisoned for six years.

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John Belasyse (Bellasis), 1st Baron Belasyse of Worlaby

by Robert White, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D29422

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John Belasyse (Bellasis), 1st Baron Belasyse of Worlaby

by Robert White, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D29423

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John Belasyse (Bellasis), 1st Baron Belasyse of Worlaby

by Robert White, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D12225

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John Belasyse (Bellasis), 1st Baron Belasyse of Worlaby

by Robert White, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, circa 1675-1700
NPG D19068