LOFFT, Robert Emlyn

1831 - 1900

Robert Emlyn Lofft, was baptised at Troston, Suffolk in 1831, son of Robert Emlyn Lofft (1783-1847) and his wife Laetitia née Richardson, who married at St James's, Bury St Edmund's on 31 October 1826. Educated at Troston and at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating B.A. in 1854 and was a deacon at his local church, which he restored at his own expense and personally carved the wooden benches. He succeeded his elder brother at the Troston estates in 1866. In 1881, a 49 year old unmarried magistrate & high sheriff, farmer of 1,500 acres, living at Troston Hall, Bury St Edmund's with three servants. He exhibited at the Bury & Suffolk Fine Art Society in 1881, several oil paintings including 'Early Morn' and 'Chalk Pit' and was the author of 'Sonnets' (1879). He died at St Thomas's Home, Westminster, London on 9 October and buried at Troston St Mary Church on 12 October 1900, aged 69, he was unmarried. His sister and beneficiary was Laetitia, who married Revd Hurbert Ashton Holden, Master of Ipswich School.