Lord Robert Tottenham

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The Lord Robert Tottenham
Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora[1]
In office
Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin
In office
1820 – 1822[2]
Bishop of Clogher
In office
1822 – 1850[3]
Personal details
Born 5 September 1773
Died 28 April 1850
Nationality Irish

Hon. Alicia Maude
8th child and 6th daughter of

Cornwallis Maude, 1st Viscount Hawarden[4]
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

Robert Ponsonby Tottenham (Robert Ponsonby Loftus until 1806) was an Irish Anglican Bishop in the first half of the 19th century.[5]

He was born the younger son[6] of Charles Loftus, 1st Marquess of Ely and Jane Myhill, daughter of Robert Myhill of Killarney, in Woodstock, County Wicklow [7] on 5 September 1773 [8] and educated at Christ Church, Oxford.[9] He was Precentor of Cashel from 1798 until 1804[10] when he was elevated to the Episcopate[11] as Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora.[12] Upon his father's death, he inherited the Tottenham Green estate, changing his surname to Tottenham.[9] In 1820 he was translated[13] to Ferns [14] and two years later to Clogher.[15] He died in post[16] on 28 April 1850.[17]


  1. ^ Church of Ireland- Clare
  2. ^ “Enniskellen long ago” Bradshaw,W.H: Dublin, George Herbert, 1878
  3. ^ Ireland Old News
  4. ^ ” A General and heraldic dictionary of the peerage and baronetage of the British Empire” Burke,J London, Colburn,H/ Bentley, R 1832
  5. ^ Burke's Peerage 1967 p1201
  6. ^ Clare Library
  7. ^ National Archives
  8. ^ thePeerage.com
  9. ^ a b Tottenham name
  10. ^ The Morning Chronicle (London, England), Wednesday, December 5, 1804; Issue 11091
  11. ^ National Library of Ireland
  12. ^ "A New History of Ireland" Moody, T.M; Martin, F.X; Byrne, F.J; Cosgrove, F:Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-821745-5
  13. ^ RDS
  14. ^ Fryde, E. B; Greenway, D. E; Porter, S; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third Edition, revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  15. ^ Cotton, Henry (1849). The Succession of the Prelates and Members of the Cathedral Bodies of Ireland. Fasti ecclesiae Hiberniae. Vol. 3, The Province of Ulster. Dublin: Hodges and Smith. pp. 73–77
  16. ^ Clogher Anglican
  17. ^ The Times, Wednesday, May 01, 1850; pg. 8; Issue 20477; col B Ireland
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Nathaniel Alexander
Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora
Succeeded by
Richard Mant
Preceded by
Percy Jocelyn
Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin
Succeeded by
Thomas Elrington
Bishop of Clogher
Succeeded by
Archbishops of Armagh