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Ely, Earl of (I, 1766 - 1769)


Creation: let.pat. 23 Oct 1766


Extinct: 12 Nov 1769


Family name: Loftus later Hume-Loftus




Quarterly:  1st, Vert a Lion rampant Argent (Hume);  2nd, Sable a Chevron engrailed Ermine between three Trefoils slipped Argent (Loftus);  3rd, Gyronny of eight Argent and Sable a Saltire engrailed between four Fleur-de-lis the stems converging towards the centre all counterchanged (Loftus);  4th, Or a Chevron Gules between three Buglehorns Sable stringed Azure (Crewkern)


A Boar's Head erased and erect Argent langued Gules


On either side an Eagle wings inverted charged on the breast with a Trefoil all proper


 Prend Moi Tel Que Je Suis



Nicholas [Loftus later Hume-Loftus], 2nd Viscount Loftus later 1st Earl of Ely, PC

1st son and heir of Nicholas [Loftus], 1st Viscount Loftus, by his first wife Hon Anne Ponsonby, sister of Brabazon [Ponsonby], 1st Earl of Bessborough, and dau. of William [Ponsonby], 1st Viscount Duncannon



18 Aug 1736 Mary Hume (d. Oct 1740), 1st dau. and cohrss. of Sir Gustavus Hume, 3rd Bt., of Castle Hume, co. Fermanagh, by his wife Lady Alice Moore, dau. of Henry [Moore later Hamilton-Moore], 3rd Earl of Drogheda

only child

1. Hon Nicholas Hume-Loftus, later 2nd Earl of Ely


31 Oct 1766


23 Oct 1766 Earl of Ely

suc. by



Member of Parliament for Bannow 1737-60 and for Fethard 1761-63; suc. his father as 2nd Viscount Loftus 31 Dec 1763; Custos Rotulorum of co. Wexford 1764-63; Privy Councillor [I] 1764


Nicholas [Hume-Loftus], 2nd Earl of Ely


11 Sep 1738


12 Nov 1769


Member of Parliament for Fethard 1759-66 (jointly with his father 1761-63); a Governor of co. Fermanagh 1767-69


On the death of the 2nd Earl of Ely the Earldom of Ely became extinct but the Viscountcy of Loftus, etc., passed to his uncle, Hon Henry Loftus, later created 1st Earl of Ely.


 First written 30 Oct 2003



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