Frank Arthur Bellamy

Frank Arthur Bellamy (17 October 1863 – 15 February 1936) was a British astronomer. He worked on Astrographic Catalogue with his niece, Ethel Bellamy.

Frank Arthur Bellamy
Born17 October 1863
DiedFebruary 15, 1936(1936-02-15) (aged 72)
Oxford, United Kingdom
Nationality British


Frank Bellamy was born at St John Street, Oxford in 1863, the son of the bookbinder Montague Bellamy.

Bellamy attended Magdalen College School, Oxford and a few months before his eighteenth birthday in July 1881 was appointed Second Assistant at the Radcliffe Observatory, a post that had previously been held by his older brothers Frederick and Harry.

Bellamy became a British astronomer who worked on Astrographic Catalogue with his niece, Ethel Bellamy. Together they catalogued over 1,000,000 stars using photographic techniques. He became a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.[1]

Bellamy was the founding Secretary and Treasurer of the Oxford Philatelic Society, which was founded in 1890. For much of the time until his death, he remained in those two posts.[2]

In 1930 Frank Bellamy and his niece Edith moved to 2 Winchester Road, Oxford, and it has a blue plaque in their memory. [3]

Bellamy died in 1936 at 2 Winchester Road after falling out with his colleague H. H. Plaskett. Despite his long partnership with his niece, he left a valuable collection to Cambridge University. This was judged to be him placing his heritage to society higher than that to his family. His niece's finances were helped when Cambridge University refused Bellamy's bequest so that it could be sold.[1]

He was buried in St Sepulchre's Cemetery, Oxford.[4]

Philatelic publications

  • Oxford and Cambridge College Messengers Postage Stamps, Cards, and Envelopes 1871-86. 1921.
  • A Concise Register of the College Messenger Postage Stamps, Envelopes, and Cards used in the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge 1871-95, together with the stamps used by the Oxford Union Society 1859-85. 1925.
  • History of the PCGB 1909-12. (With J.J. Darlow)


  1. Roger Hutchins, ‘Bellamy, Frank Arthur (1863–1936)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 24 July 2015
  2. BELLAMY, Frank Arthur FRAS 1864-1936. in Who was who in British Philately, The Association of British Philatelic Societies. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  3. Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board: Frank & Ethel Bellamy, accessed 8 October 2019
  4. Grave of Frank Arthur Bellamy, retrieved 15 August 2018

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