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Marquess of Ely, of the County of Wexford, is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1800 for Charles Loftus, 1st Earl of Ely. He was born Charles Tottenham, the son of Sir John Tottenham, 1st Baronet, who had been created a baronet, of Tottenham Green in the County of Wexford, in the Baronetage of Ireland in 1780,[1] by Elizabeth, daughter of Nicholas Loftus, 1st Viscount Loftus, sister and heiress of Henry Loftus, 1st Earl of Ely (see Viscount Loftus and Earl of Ely for earlier history of the Loftus family). In 1783 he succeeded to the Loftus estates on the death of his maternal uncle the Earl of Ely and assumed the same year by Royal licence the surname of Loftus in lieu of his patronymic. In 1785 he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Loftus, of Loftus Hall in the County of Wexford.[2] It was sold by the family in 1917 and is today owned by the Quigley family.

Marquessate of Ely
Coronet of a British Marquess.svg
Arms of the Marquess of Ely
Arms: Gules, three Bars dancetty Argent. Crest: A Lion rampant Gules, armed and langued Azure. Supporters: On either side an Eagle with wings inverted Argent, beaked and legged Or, charged on the breast with a Trefoil slipped Vert.
Creation date29 December 1800
Monarch George III
PeeragePeerage of Ireland
First holderCharles Loftus, 1st Marquess of Ely
Present holderJohn Tottenham, 9th Marquess of Ely
Heir presumptiveLord Timothy Tottenham
Subsidiary titlesEarl of Ely
Viscount Loftus
Baron Loftus (I)
Baron Loftus (UK)
Baronet ‘of Tottenham Green’
Seat(s)Loftus Hall
(I follow to the stars)
Arms of Loftus, 1st - 7th Marquess: Sable, a Chevron engrailed Ermine, between three Trefoils slipped Argent.

Lord Augustus Loftus, fourth son of the second Marquess of Ely and perhaps the most prominent member of the Loftus family.

He was further honoured when he was made Viscount Loftus, of Ely, in 1789,[3] Earl of Ely, in the Kingdom of Ireland, in 1794,[4] and Marquess of Ely, of the County of Wexford, in 1800,[5] all in the Peerage of Ireland, becoming one of the few persons to rise to the rank of Marquess without having inherited any peerages. In 1801 he was created Baron Loftus, of Long Loftus in the County of York, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom,[6] by which title the Marquesses of Ely sat in the House of Lords until the passage of the House of Lords Act 1999. Lord Ely also succeeded his father as second Baronet in 1786.

Lord Ely was succeeded by his eldest son, John, the second Marquess. He had previously represented County Wexford in both the Irish and British Parliaments. On his death the titles passed to his eldest son, John, the third Marquess. He briefly represented Woodstock in Parliament in 1845. This line of the family failed on the early death of his son, John, the fourth Marquess, in 1889. The late Marquess was succeeded by his first cousin John Loftus, the fifth Marquess. He was the eldest son of Reverend Lord Adam Loftus, third son of the second Marquess. The fifth Marquess died childless in 1925 and was succeeded by his youngest brother, George, the sixth Marquess. The latter's only surviving son, George, the seventh Marquess, was High Sheriff of County Fermanagh. On his death in 1969 without surviving children the line of the second Marquess failed. The late Marquess was succeeded by his third cousin once removed, Charles Tottenham, who became the eighth Marquess. He was the great-grandson of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles John Tottenham, DL, JP, eldest son of the Right Reverend Lord Robert Tottenham (who had not assumed the surname Loftus), second son of the first Marquess. The eighth Marquess lived in Canada. As of 2014 the titles are held by his eldest son, the ninth Marquess, who succeeded in 2006. As of 28 February 2014 the present Baronet has not successfully proven his succession and is therefore not on the Official Roll of the Baronetage, with the baronetcy considered dormant since 2006.[7]

Several other members of the family may also be mentioned. Charles Tottenham, father of the first Baronet, represented New Ross in the Irish House of Commons. Charles Tottenham, brother of the first Baronet, also represented New Ross in the Irish Parliament. The aforementioned the Right Reverend Lord Robert Tottenham, second son of the first Marquess, was Bishop of Clogher. Jane Loftus (1820-1890) was wife of the second Marquess, and Lady of the Bedchamber and great friend of Queen Victoria. Henry Loftus Tottenham (1860–1950), son of John Francis Tottenham, son of Lord Robert Tottenham, was an admiral in the Royal Navy. Sir Alexander Robert Loftus Tottenham (1873–1946), son of John Francis Tottenham, was administrator of Pudukkottai in British India. The Very Reverend George Tottenham (1825–1911), son of Lord Robert Tottenham, was Dean of Clogher. Lord Augustus Loftus, fourth son of the second Marquess, was a prominent diplomat. The Right Reverend Ann Tottenham, daughter of the eighth Marquess, was a bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada.

The title refers to Ely in County Wicklow, not to the City of Ely in Cambridgeshire, and the second syllable is pronounced to rhyme with "lee" rather than "lie" (the title is not pronounced in the same way as the first name Eli).

The similar title Marquess of the Isle of Ely was created with the Dukedom of Edinburgh in 1726.

The family seat was Loftus Hall, near Hook, County Wexford.


Tottenham, later Loftus, later Tottenham baronets, of Tottenham Green (1780)Edit

  • Sir John Tottenham, 1st Baronet (1714–1786)
  • Sir Charles Loftus, 2nd Baronet (1738–1806) (created Baron Loftus in 1785, Viscount Loftus in 1789, Earl of Ely in 1794 and Marquess of Ely in 1800)

Marquesses of Ely (1800)Edit

The heir presumptive is the present holder's brother Lord Timothy Craig Tottenham (born 1948).
The heir presumptive's heir apparent is his elder son Scott Craig Tottenham (born 1977).
The next in line is the heir presumptive's heir apparent's son Charles Craig Luis Tottenham (born 2007).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "No. 12140". The London Gazette. 2 December 1780. p. 3.
  2. ^ "No. 12661". The London Gazette. 5 July 1785. p. 322.
  3. ^ "No. 13156". The London Gazette. 12 December 1789. p. 773.
  4. ^ "No. 13630". The London Gazette. 11 March 1794. p. 215.
  5. ^ "No. 15326". The London Gazette. 10 January 1801. p. 40.
  6. ^ "No. 15327". The London Gazette. 13 January 1801. p. 55.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-06. Retrieved 2016-02-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)


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