BELFIELD, John (1669-1751), of Primley Hill, Paignton, and Exeter, Devon.
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Family and Education
b. 21 Dec. 1669, 2nd s. of Allen Belfield of Lower Knoll, Rattery, nr. Totnes, Devon, barrister-at-law, by Mary Savory. educ. Oriel, Oxf. 1688; I. Temple, called May 1695, serjeant at law 1716. m. Jaquetta, da. of Samuel Finney, rector of Exbourne, 1s. 2da.
Dep. recorder, Totnes 1700; freeman of Exeter 1711; recorder, Exeter 1728-d.
Of an old Devonshire family settled at Paignton since the sixteenth century, Belfield acquired Primley Hill on his marriage.1 Returned for Exeter as a Tory in 1728, he voted consistently against the Government, lost his seat in 1734, and did not stand again. As recorder he signed a loyal address during the rebellion in 1745.2 On 19 Oct. 1751 he was overturned in his coach, dying from his injuries the following day.3