Who's Who in Illyria
The Essential Guide to all our Influential Citizens
The Belch family has been well known in Illyria for many years though not always for the best of reasons.
Who is he?:
Sir Toby Belch is related to the gracious Countess Olivia. He is her uncle and lives at her house as her guest. His friend, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, is been staying with him at the countess’s mansion. Sir Toby loves drinking and having fun, sometimes there are stories about him that you would not expect to hear about an honourable knight – reports of riotous nights at Olivia’s house which are not quite in keeping with her high status and which people think are Sir Toby's responsibility.
Sir Toby professes himself a connoisseur of food and drink, especially drink. He is an expert in wines and beers, and enjoys eating to the full. His fondness for cakes and other sweet things is legendary and probably responsible for his weight issues. Sir Toby is well-known as a prankster. He is always ready for making mischief and he can create elaborate practical jokes, making fun of friends and foes. His friend Sir Andrew is not safe from these plots and jokes, but his main target is Malvolio - the serious and upright steward at Countess Olivia’s house.
While well known as a bachelor, Sir Toby is so often in the company of Maria, Countess Olivia’s gentlewoman, that some people expect a relationship is on the cards. The general view is that if Sir Toby needs to drink less to convince Maria he could be a partner for life.