Charles Loftus, 1st Marquess of Ely

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Charles Tottenham pastel portrait

Charles Tottenham Loftus, 1st Marquess of Ely KP, PC (23 January 1738 – 22 March 1806) was an Irish peer and politician.

Born Charles Tottenham, he assumed the surname of Loftus in 1783, after inheriting the estates of his uncle Henry Loftus, 1st Earl of Ely. He was the only son of Sir John Tottenham, 1st Baronet of Loftus Hall, County Wexford, (died 1786), by Henry Loftus' sister Elizabeth (died 1747).

He represented Fethard (County Wexford) in the Irish House of Commons from 1776 to 1783. In the latter year, he stood as Member of Parliament for Wexford Borough, a seat he held until 1785, when he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Loftus of Loftus Hall, County Wexford. From 14 January 1789 until 1806 Loftus was one of the joint Postmasters General of Ireland.[1] He became Marquess of Ely on 29 December 1800 and was appointed a Knight of the Order of St Patrick on 12 December 1794.[2] In 1801 he was made Baron Loftus of Long Loftus, Yorkshire in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, which entitled him and his successors to a seat in the House of Lords.

He married in 1766 Jane Myhill (died 1807), daughter of Robert Myhill, of Killarney, Co. Kilkenny[3], and Mary Billingsley, and had two sons, John, his heir, and Robert, Bishop of Clogher.


  1. ^ Ross, Charles (1859). Correspondence of Charles, First Marquis Cornwallis, Volume 2. London: John Murray. p. 449.
  2. ^ Rayment, Leigh. "Knights of the Order of St Patrick". Retrieved 2008-12-13.
  3. ^ Killarney, Co. Kilkenny (a townland), as per her Memorial at Bath Abbey

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Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
John Tottenham
Arthur Loftus
Member of Parliament for

With: Robert Hellen 1776–1779
Ponsonby Tottenham 1779–1783
Succeeded by
Ephraim Carroll
Ponsonby Tottenham
Preceded by
Richard Le Hunt
Richard Nevill
Member of Parliament for Wexford Borough
With: Richard Nevill
Succeeded by
Richard Nevill
Francis Leigh
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Marquess of Ely
Succeeded by
John Loftus
Earl of Ely
Viscount Loftus
Baron Loftus
(of Loftus Hall, Co. Wexford)

Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Loftus
(of Long Loftus, Yorkshire)

Succeeded by
John Loftus
Baronetage of Ireland
Preceded by
John Tottenham
(of Loftus Hall, Wexford)
Succeeded by
John Loftus