Bellamy, Richard (DNB00)

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BELLAMY, RICHARD (1743–1800), Mus. Bac., one of the chief bass singers of his day, was appointed a gentleman of the Chapel Royal 28 March 1771, and a lay vicar of Westminster Abbey 1 Jan. 1773. Bellamy married Miss Elizabeth Ludford, daughter of a Mr. Thomas Ludford, who died in 1776, leaving considerable property to his grandchidren. In 1777 Richard Bellamy became a vicar choral of St. Paul's Cathedral, and from 1793 to 1800 he was also almoner and master of the choristers. In 1784 he was one of the principal basses at the Handel commemoration in Westminster Abbey. He gave up all his appointments in 1801, and died about the end of August 1813. Bellamy published a few sonatas, a collection of glees, and a Te Deum with orchestral accompaniment.

[Appendix to Bemrose's Chant Book (1882}; Grove's Dictionary. i. 211 a; Chester's Registers of Westminster Abbey, p. 421; Burney's Account

of the Handel Commemoration (1785).]

W. B. S.