Charles Coote, 1st Earl of Bellomont

The Earl of Bellomont

Portrait of Charles Coote, 1st Earl of Bellomont
by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Born Charles Coote
(1738-04-06)6 April 1738
Died 20 October 1800(1800-10-20) (aged 62)
Cause of death Inflammation of the lungs[1]
Title Earl of Bellomont
Tenure 1767—1800
Other titles Baron Coote
Offices Joint Postmaster General of Ireland
Spouse(s) Lady Emily Maria Margaret FitzGerald
Issue Charles: died 1786
Parents Charles Coote (1695–1750) and Prudence Geering

Charles Coote, 1st Earl of Bellomont KB PC(I) (6 April 1738 – 20 October 1800)[2] was an Irish peer.[1][3] He held the political position as one of joint Postmasters General of Ireland.


Charles was the son of Charles Coote MP (1695–1750) and Prudence Geering of Cootehill, County Cavan was born 6 April 1738 and baptised six days later.[2][3]

He was wounded while fighting a duel with the Marquis Townshend on 2 February 1773.[4]

Coote was the representative for County Cavan in the Irish House of Commons from 1761–66.[2]

He married Lady Emily Maria Margaret FitzGerald, the daughter of James FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster and Emily FitzGerald, Duchess of Leinster, in Blackrock on 20 August 1774. The couple had five children: one son, Charles, who died in 1786, and four daughters, Mary, Prudentia, Emily and Louisa.[3]

Between 1789 and 1797 he was one of the joint Postmasters General of Ireland with Charles Loftus, 1st Marquess of Ely.[5]



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Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Hon. Barry Maxwell
Hon. Brinsley Butler
Member of Parliament for Cavan County
With: Hon. Brinsley Butler
Succeeded by
Hon. Brinsley Butler
William Stewart
Political offices
Preceded by
The Viscount Clifden
William Ponsonby
Postmaster General of Ireland
With: The Earl of Ely
Succeeded by
The Earl of Ely
The Marquess of Drogheda
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Custos Rotulorum of Cavan
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Sneyd
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl of Bellomont
Preceded by
Richard Coote
Baron Coote
Baronetage of Ireland
New creation Baronet
(of Donnybrooke)
Succeeded by
Charles Coote
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