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Sir Augustus William Frederick Spencer Loftus

Bolton, G. (2009) Sir Augustus William Frederick Spencer Loftus. In: Clune, D. and Turner, K., (eds.) The Governors of New South Wales 1788-2010. The Federation Press, Sydney, NSW, pp. 317-331.

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Sir Augustus William Frederick Spencer Loftus (commonly known as Lord Augustus Loftus') was born on 4 October 1817, fourth son of the second Marquess of Ely. He came of an Anglo-Irish landed family who through the skilful manipulation of their rotten boroughs in the 18th century Irish House of Commons were promoted to a higher rank in the peerage than they had the means to sustain. To keep up their position members of the family served as courtiers to the Royal family; Jane, wife of the third Marquess, was Queen Victoria's favourite Lady-in-Waiting for 40 years. Privately educated, Augustus was intended for the diplomatic service and won the patronage of King William N. He was made an Honorary Attache to the court of Prussia in 1837 and achieved salaried office in 1842. In 1845 he married Emma Maria Greville, an Admiral's daughter. They were to have three so us and two daughters.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: The Federation Press
Copyright: 2009 The Federation Press and Contributors
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