LOFFT, Robert Emlyn

1831 - 1900

Robert Emlyn Lofft was baptised at Troston, Suffolk on 4 September 1831, son of Robert Emlyn Lofft (9 November 1783-20 September 1847) and his Danish born wife Letitia Niel Richardson (1800-7 December 1889), youngest daughter of Col. Francis Richardson of 1st Regt. of Foot Guards, who married at St James's, Bury St Edmund's on 31 October 1826. Young Robert was educated at Troston and at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating B.A. in 1854 and was a deacon at his local church at Troston, which he restored at his own expense and personally carved the wooden benches. On the death of his elder brother, Henry Capel Lofft Moseley (1828-1866), of Troston and Great Glemham House, who died intestate on 29 December 1866, Robert succeeded in the Troston estates. His brother Henry had assumed the additional name of Moseley on inheriting the Great Glemham estates of John Moseley who died on 10 November 1863. In 1881, Robert was 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 St Edmunds Fine Art Society in 1881, several oil paintings including 'Early Morn' and 'Chalk Pit' and was the author of 'Sonnets' (1879). Robert Emlyn Lofft died at St Thomas's Home, Westminster, London on 9 October 1900 and buried at Troston St Mary Church on 12 October 1900, aged 69, he was unmarried. His sister and beneficiary was Letitia (1829-1920), who married Revd Hurbert Ashton Holden, Master of Ipswich School.

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