Loftus, Adam, Dd

Loftus, Adam, D.D.

an Irish prelate, was born at Swinshead, in Yorkshire, and was educated at the University of Cambridge. In 1561 he was rector of Painstown, in the diocese of Meath. In 1562 he was appointed to the see of Armagh, and was consecrated by Hugh, archbishop of Dublin, at the close of that year. In 1564 he was elected dean of St. Patrick's. In August 1567, he was promoted to the see of Dublin. In 1568. this prelate consecrated Dr. Lancaster as his own successor in Armagh, at Christ Church. In 1573 he was. appointed chancellor. In 1582 Loftus was one of the lords justices of Ireland. In 1583 he was the unjust judge that illegally sentenced the Roman Catholic archbishop of Cashel, Dermot Hurley, to the cruelties, of death on Osmantown Green. In 1597 Loftus was again one of the lords justices of Ireland, and also in 1599. At the close of that year he was named as one of the assistant councillors to the lord president of Munster, and in 1603 had pardon of intrusion and alienation in reference to the manors, etc. He died April 5, 1605. See D'Alton, Memoirs of the Archbishops of Dublin, page 240.

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