Belling (or Beling) Richard
Belling (Or Beling) Richard son of sir Henry Belling, was born near Dublin, and became distinguished among the Confederated Irish Roman Catholics. He was secretary to the council established at Kilkenny in 1641, and was sent to Rome to solicit aid. He died at Dublin in September, 1677. During the usurpation of Cromwell he retired into France, where he composed Vindiciarum Catholicorum Hibernice libri 2, under the assumed name of Philopater Irenceus. The first book treats of the affairs of Ireland, from 1641 to 1649. The second contains the refutation of a letter written by Paul King, a Franciscan, concerning those affairs. John Poncius, also a Franciscan, wrote against this work of Belling, who replied to him. The authorship of this work is also attributed to Dr. Callaghan. — Landon, Eccles. Dict. s.v.