Charles Loftus, 1st Marquess of Ely
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. He became Marquess of Ely on 29 December 1800 and was appointed a Knight of the Order of St Patrick on 12 December 1794. 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.
- Ross, Charles (1859). Correspondence of Charles, First Marquis Cornwallis, Volume 2. London: John Murray. p. 449.
- Rayment, Leigh. "Knights of the Order of St Patrick". Retrieved 2008-12-13.
- Killarney, Co. Kilkenny (a townland), as per her Memorial at Bath Abbey
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Charles Loftus, 1st Marquess of Ely
|Parliament of Ireland|
| Member of Parliament for
With: Robert Hellen 1776–1779
Ponsonby Tottenham 1779–1783
Richard Le Hunt
| Member of Parliament for Wexford Borough
With: Richard Nevill
|Peerage of Ireland|
|New creation|| Marquess of Ely
| 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)
|Baronetage of Ireland|
(of Loftus Hall, Wexford)
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