Col. Simon Luttrell
Luttrellstown, Co. Dublin, Ireland
b.    d. 1698  d. s. p.
m. Catherine Newcomen (dau. of Sir Thomas Newcomen)

Colonel Simon Luttrell was a man of handsome stature at the time he entered into possession of his ancestral estates. . .he found a wife in Catherine, daughter of Sir Thomas Newcomen of Sutton.  Miss Newomen had been brought up as a Protestant, and the marriage was celebrated first by a clergyman of the Established Church, although subsequently by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin.

Colonel Simon Luttrell appears for many years to have suffered from ill health.  In a letter written by him in London on Christmas Eve, 1688, to the young Duke of Ormonde, he states that he had been sick for ten years, and had symptoms of paralysis.   He had not been in Ireland for eighteen months, and on the strength of the friendship shown his father by the Duke's father and grandfather, begged the Duke to obtain license for him to go abroad, where he said he desired to be out of the way until things should come to a settlement, and where, if his health permitted, he would seek military employment.

Not many months later he threw in his lot with James II, and in September, 1689, we find him in Dublin, of which he had been appointed Governor, busily preparing the city against the danger of invasion, and "chaining up the streets and making breastworks in order to secure that naked place".

He raised a regiment of dragoons for James, and was appointed by the latter Lord Lieutenant of the County Dublin, which he represented in James' parliament, as well as a privy councillor.  He appears to have gone to France before the battle of the Boyne, but returned to Ireland for a short time during the siege of Limerick.  He died abroad in 1698. 

To Colonel Simon Luttrell's confiscated estates and possessions his brother, Colonel Henry Luttrell, whose life, both public and private, brought his family into great disrepute, succeeded.  (3) Part IV.

The following is excerpted from "The History and Antiquities of Dublin" by Harris in 1766.

Regarding Col. Simon Luttrell, Gov. of Dublin, 1688, and barbarity toward the Protestants

The brutish and barbarous behaviour of Sir Thomas Hacket, lord mayor of Dublin, to the protestants, laid many under the necessity of getting out of his power by leaving behind them their estates and concerns, and transporting themselves and what effects they could carry with them into England.  Colonel Luttrell, governor of Dublin, did not fall short of his lordship in barbarity....  February following the protestants of Dublin were obliged by military force to deliver up their arms and horses; and the same practice was soon after carried into execution through the greater part of the kingdom.

The earl of Tyrconnel filled the churches with soldiers, and made them store houses for the arms of protestants.  They were again seized in September, the monuments and graves opened, and dead bodies tumbled out of their coffins, under pretence of searching for arms.

March 12.  King James landed at Kinsale, marched to Dublin the 24th, and - next day called a parliament;  this parliament sat till the 20th of July, and passed an act of repeal of the act of settlement, and by an act of attainder attaints near 3,000 protestants.  (pronounces them guilty of treason, without trial)

The following is excerpted from "History of a Noted Irish Family", publ. in THE SHAMROCK, pgs. 811-812, abt 1895 and posted to Genforum by Juanita Luttrell Berrian

Simon Luttrell was appointed Governor of Dublin, Ireland and discharged his duty in a very satisfactory manner.  He was an advocate of toleration at a time when it seemed a sign of weakness to be tolerant, and in spite of Tyrconnell's violent measures, he allowed the follows of Trinity College to depart with their personal chattels in safety.  Simon Luttrell continued to act as Governor until the announcement of the battle of Boyne, when King James, with characteristic ingratitude, having fled to Dublin, Ireland called together his chief advisors and declared that he owed his defeat to the "cowardice" of the Irish soldiers.  On the 12th day of July, 1690, the Jacobites quitted Dublin and marched toward Limerick.  Simon Luttrell was the last to leave his post.

Simon Luttrell left Ireland before the treaty of Limerick was signed; and we find in the fourth of the articles his name mentioned as "one of the officers belonging to the regiments of the Irish army beyond the seas," who were offered pardon and the restoration of their estates on condition of taking the oath of allegiance and returning to Ireland "within the space of eight months."  He did not think fit to avail himself of this stipulation in the treaty, rightly suspecting, no doubt, that it would not be honorably adhered to; and his brother Henry easily induced Ginkell, the Williamite commander, to put him in possession of the mansion and demesne of Luttrellstown at the expiration of the period affixed in the articles for the exile's return.
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