Bellamont, Or Bellomont, Richard Coote, earl of, royal governor of New York and Massachusetts, born in 1636, died in New York, March 5, 1701. He was the second Baron Coote in the Irish peerage, was a member of parliament, and one of the first to espouse the cause of the prince of Orange. For this he was attainted in 1689, but was in the same year made earl of Bellamont in the Irish peerage by William III., and appointed treasurer and receiver general to Queen Mary. In May, 1695, he was appointed governor of New York, but did not arrive there till May, 1698, having meantime received a commission also as governor of Massachusetts, to which New Hampshire was adjoined in 1699. He went from New York to Boston in May, 1699, and was received by 20 companies of soldiers and a vast concourse of people. He took every means to ingratiate himself with the people, and obtained a larger salary than any of his predecessors had been able to get. Though but 14 months in the colony, the grants made to him were £1,875. His administration was occupied in the pursuit of the pirates who jnfested the coast, one of whom, the notorious Kidd, he secured and sent to England in 1700. Hutchinson speaks of Bellainont as being a hypocrite in a pretended devotion to religion.
It appears, however, that while living at Fort George, in New York, he passed much time in meditation and contrition tor his youthful excesses. His earldom expired with him, but was afterward revived in his family, and finally expired in 1800.