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Dudley Loftus, Sir Kt.

Also Known As: "Sir Knight"
Birthplace: Rathfanham Castle, County Limerick, Ulster Province, Ireland
Death: Died in Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster Province, Ireland
Place of Burial: Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster Province, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Most Rev. Adam Loftus, Archbishop of Dublin and Jane Loftus
Husband of Anne Loftus
Father of Nicholas Loftus; Sir Adam Loftus; Sir John Nicholas Loftus and Edward Loftus
Brother of Sir Thomas Loftus, Twin; Anne Catherine Blayney; Isabella Ussher, of Donnybrook; Adam LOFTUS, Captain of Horse; Edward Loftus and 11 others

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About Dudley Loftus, Sir Kt.

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Dudley Loftus (1619 – June 1695) was an Irish jurist and noted orientalist.

Loftus was born the second son of Sir Adam Loftus, into a family of 17 siblings on his great-grandfather’s estate of Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin. He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin when 18, then entered Oxford University in 1639 on the advice of Bishop Usher, taking his Master of Arts degree in 1641. In his lifetime he was acclaimed as a linguist, and his reputation as an orientalist was unrivalled thanks to his Latin translations from Ethiopic, Armenian, Syriac, Hebrew, Arabic, and Persian texts. He served four times as a Member of Parliament and represented Fethard (County Wexford) between 1692 and 1693. He was also Vicar General of Ireland, Judge of the Prerogative Court of Ireland, and Senior Master of Chancery.

Despite his many accomplishments, Archbishop Marsh wrote of him that "he never knew so much Learning in the Keeping of a Fool". (Even so, the archbishop collected the majority of Loftus' manuscripts and housed them a public library next to St. Patrick's Cathedral, where they can be seen to this day.) Jonathan Swift for his part described Loftus thus: "Let him be hailed amongst the junior fellows, with his short feet and rhinoceros nose …..Because of his looks and eloquence we name him Ulysses; for Ulysses was not handsome but he had the gift of tongues. No Tartar is more fair, no Athenian better hung, / Sol varnish’d o’er his face, and Mercury his tongue. For his height let us salute him as Ajax, for his scrawniness as Tithonus, for his shaking head as the palsied Priam, for his swiftness as Achilles and finally (for his giant shanks), as the Colossus."

Loftus is interred in the family vault in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.

Sir Dudley Loftus of Rathfarnham, Knt.

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Dudley Loftus, Sir Kt.'s Timeline

County Limerick, Ulster Province, Ireland
Age 9
County Limerick, Ulster Province, Ireland
February 1, 1592
Age 31
April 6, 1616
Age 55
Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster Province, Ireland
Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster Province, Ireland