Luttrell family genealogy

Of Luttrellstown, Ireland

Arms: Ar. a fesse sa. betw. three otters of the last, in the mouth of each a fish ppr. Crest: An otter pass. sa. in the mouth a fish ppr. Motto: En Dieu est ma fiance.

Luttrell,[1] of Luttrellstown, had:

  1. Luttrell, of Luttrellstown.
  2. Luttrell, of Magaddy.

2. Luttrell, of Magaddy, m. and had:

3. William Luttrell (d. 1676), of Corn Market, who m. Mary English, and had:

4. Thomas, who m. Alice Warren, and had two sons and two daughters:

  1. William Luttrell, of Belgad, who d. 1730.
  2. Thomas Luttrell, merchant.
  3. Mary Luttrell, who m. Thomas Fitzwilliam (see No. 4 on the “Fitzwilliam” pedigree, ante), who d. 1736.
  4. Anne Luttrell, who m. Talbot of Malahide.

5. William Luttrell, of Belgad, who d. 1730: son of Thomas.


[1] Luttrell: This Luttrell m. the Honble. — St. Lawrence, dau. of the Earl of Howth, and had: Thomas Luttrell, who m. and had: 1. Richard (d. 1698), the Great Law Wit; 2. Henry, who m. Eliza Jones, and had Simon, Lord Irnham and Earl Carhampton. This Simon m. and had two sons: 1. Henry Luttrell, the second Earl of Carhampton, who d.s.p.; and 2. John Luttrell, the third Earl of Carhampton, who also d.s.p.—MS. Library, Trin. Coll. Dub. Colonel Henry Luttrell, son of Thomas Luttrell, of Luttrellstown, near Lucan, county Dublin (by a daughter of William Segrave of Cabra, also of the county Dublin), was born about the year 1655, and held several important offices in Ireland under King James II.; in whose behalf he raised at his own expense a regiment of horse, at whose head he fought at Aughrim and Limerick. The loss of the battle of Aughrim is principally attributed to his treason; as is also the surrender of Limerick. Lord Macaulay says that the Government of the day attributed the death of Henry Luttrell, “The Traitor” (d. 1717), to revenge, on the part of the “Papists.”

According to O’Callaghan, eighty years after the death of said Henry Luttrell, his grave, near Luttrellstown, was violated, and his skull was broken to pieces with a pickaxe.

The following extract is from Watty Cox’s Magazine, July, 1809:


“The account of Brigadier General Kane, who served in the army under Ginckle before Limerick, we give in his own words: ‘Our general marched in the greatest haste to Limerick, where we found the enemy had taken up the same ground on the Thomond side of the river, they had done the preceding year, and for the convenience of being supplied with necessaries we were obliged to take up the ground on the other side, but our general soon found that Limerick was not to be taken in any reasonable time unless he could dislodge the enemy and to invest it round. Now the difficult matter was, in passing the river upon them at this place, for he could not quit the ground he was on for the above reason, and the enemy being sensible of this, they kept strict guards constantly patrolling by night on the river side, but drew out of reach of our cannon by day.

“However our general found means to have a correspondence with Colonel Luttrell, who, having a plentiful fortune in the kingdom, and loth to lose it, promised when he had the guard of the river to give us an opportunity of laying bridges over it, and when the night came that he had the guard he gave us notice, and ordered his patroles to a different way from the place where the bridges were to be laid, so that we laid our bridges and passed part of our army before day; and the morning proving foggy we marched up to the enemies’ camp, and were the first that carried the news of our passing, which was such a surprise to them, that the foot, most of them naked, without making the least resistance, fled to the town, where the gates being shut against them, great numbers were killed, from the walls, and also a great many of ours killed from the walls, by their too eager pursuit of them.

“The horse also fled half naked, most of them without bridle or saddle, towards the farthest part of the county Clare, and now he invested Limerick, which brought on the capitulation, by which they surrendered both town and kingdom! and put an end to the wars in Ireland.’”

After the war, the same Magazine states that Henry Luttrell had great influence with Ginckle and King William, and obtained a grant of his elder brother’s estates, and amongst them of Luttrellstown. He continued outwardly to profess the Catholic religion, till his death. In 1702, King William appointed him a Major-General in the Dutch Service; but after the death of William, he retired to Luttrellstown, where he lived in constant fears of assassination, and at length actually was assassinated. On the evening of the 3rd November (others say on the 22nd October) 1717, as he was returning from a coffee-house, in passing through Stafford-street, Dublin, in a Sedan Chair, he was shot. According to the reports circulated at the time, it was a blacksmith of his own name, residing in Bridge-street, Dublin, who did so, in the hope of succeeding to his estates; believing that the Colonel was not married to the mother of his children. These children were afterwards acknowledged as his heirs, and the eldest son was the father of Lord Carhampton.

See same Magazine, for the anecdote of “The Limerick or Aughrim Pass.” Luttrell possessed the confidence of King William till his death.

Luttrell’s eldest brother Simon died in 1698, childless; and the line became extinct in 1829, on the death, s.p. of the Traitor’s grandson, Earl of Carhampton, who sold Luttrellstown to Luke White, who gave it the name of Woodlands.—See the Cork Remembrancer, 1718; and Playfair’s British Family Antiquity.