The Bishop of Clogher

The Rt. Honb'le and Rt. Rev. Lord Robert Ponsonby Tottenham - 1773 to 1850

Educated at Christchurch, Oxford. Lord Bishop successively of Killaloe, Ferns, and Clogher. He succeeded to the Tottenham Green estate under the will of his father, the 1st Marquess of Ely, which stipulated that he should re-assume the name and arms of Tottenham. In Ferns Cathedral his name is wrongly given as Lord Robert Tottenham-Loftus. He subsequently acquired the estate of Woodstock, Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow, and Plas Berwyn, Llangollen. His wife, by whom he had ten sons and one daughter, was the third daughter of the third wife of Cornwallis, 1st Viscount Hawarden.


The Bishop's Bath

LORD Ponsonby Tottenham Loftus, the Bishop of Clogher, who bought Woodstock House and estate in 1826, used to have an odd bathing ritual.

The bishop, whose former home is now the elegant clubhouse of Druids Glen Golf Club, Co Wicklow, suffered from a skin condition. The prescribed treatment was to immerse himself in a bath of red wine of an evening. However his porter, whose name is not recorded, believed that pouring the wine down the plug hole was an incredible waste and set about selling it off to the local pub.