At the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to a jeweller, James Love.
He was sent as a midshipman on the maiden voyage of the Hartwell from Gravesend to China.
1794 – Bellingham opened a tin factory on London’s Oxford Street.
– The business failed and he was declared bankrupt that March.
Worked as a clerk in a counting house in the late 1790s.
1800 – He went to Archangel in Russia as an agent for importers and exporters.
1802 – He returned to England and worked in Liverpool as a merchant broker.
1803 – Married Mary Neville.
1804 – Bellingham again went to Archangel to work for a short time as an export representative.
A Russian authority was charged him with leaving Archangel in a clandestine manner, and was imprisoned.
1808 – He was in prison until October and was put out onto the streets.
1809 – Permitted to leave and arrived back in England in December.
1812 – In London he renewed his attempts to win compensation.
– On the 11th of May, Bellingham casually remarked that he had some business to attend to, and made his way to Parliament. He waited in the Lobby until Prime Minister Spencer Perceval appeared, then stepped forward and shot him through the heart.
– Bellingham was found guilty and sentenced to death, and hanged in public on 18th of May.