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Robert Luttrell
immigrant to America from Ireland

"Robert Luttrell, son of Simon Luttrell, Gentleman of The Bedchamber to Charles II came to America and settled in Prince William County, Virginia between 1690 and 1706.  He married his cousin, Ann, daughter of Viscount Gormanston.  Robert and Ann had three sons; Richard; Fauquier County, Virginia; Thomas, died early in life; Simon, lived in Prince William and Westmoreland Counties, Virginia."
Dr. Terril Littrell, "The Luttrell Family in Virginia", pg. 9.

Also, according to Littrell, Robert's son Simon was born in 1681 and died in 1723.  Robert's son Richard was born "around 1690 in Prince William County, Virginia.  He married around 1715 and settled in Fauquier County, Virginia."

The "Simon Luttrell" referred to by Littrell as Robert's father is Simon Luttrell (b. 1600) of Luttrellstown, Ireland.  His father was Thomas Luttrell (MP) of Luttrellstown who died in 1634. Thomas was the son of Simon Luttrell, who was the third son (but who inherited Luttrellstown after the death of his two older brothers) of Sir Thomas Luttrell (d. 1554) of Luttrellstown.

Ball states ("History of Dublin - Parish of Clonsilla") that this Simon
was thirty-four years of age when his father died, and had maintained the traditions of his family by his marriage to Mary, daughter of Jenico, fifth Viscount Gormanston, the widow of one of the Luttrell's near neighbours, Sir Thomas Allen of St. Wolstan's.

In "Parish of Clonsilla" there is no record of
"Robert" as a son of this Simon. The only specific reference to a son of Simon is the following reference to Simon's death:

His death took place about 1650, and he left several children, including his heir, Thomas Luttrell, but it was some time before the latter enjoyed the estates to which he had succeded.

It was during this Simon's lifetime that the Parliamentarians under Cromwell seized power in Britain.  Luttrellstown was "seized upon as a country residence, by one of the authorities of the Parliament, Colonel John Hewson, who had been appointed Governor of Dublin." 
In 1663, Luttrellstown was restored toThomas Luttrell.  "During the Commonwealth the Luttrells resided in Dublin".

It is not difficult to understand why any of Simon's "several children" would seek to flee from this new world order and seek a new life in a more promising environment.  I am, however, continuing to seek evidence that Robert Luttrell, the immigrant to America, was one of these "several children".

Obviously, if Robert Luttrell, the immigrant to America, was this Simon Luttrell's son, his birth date would be prior to 1650, (date of Simon's death).


Note:  Due to the multiple "Simon" references on this page, Simon Luttrell (highlighted in green) refers to the same individual.

The information mentioned on this page from "Parish of Clonsilla" by Ball may be accessed from the "Ireland" page of ""
The following references provide for Robert Luttrell, immigrant to America, being the son of Thomas Luttrell, and the brother of Col. Simon and Col. Henry Luttrell of Luttrellstown.  This information is slightly different (by 1 generation) than that from Dr. Terril Littrell (at left).

From "Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography", Vol. IV, ed. Tyler, publ 1915

"Simon Luttrell, son of Thomas and Eleanor (Preston) Luttrell, was made a gentleman of the bed chamber ot Charles the Second.  He married Janice, daughter of the fifth Viscount Gormanston, a cousin, and had sons:  Simon, Henry, Robert.  The last named was the founder of the American family.  Simon (2) and Henry were both prominent in the war between James the Second and the Prince of Orange, Simon at that time being governor of the city of Dublin".

Simon (2) and Henry, shown above, were the sons of Thomas Luttrell, who was the son of Simon Luttrell.  (Per Ball's "History of the County Dublin", "Parish of Clonsilla".  See ", Ireland page, click on "A Timeline of the Luttrells in Ireland").

"The American branch of the famous Luttrell family traces its descent from Robert Luttrell, of the Irish line, who married his cousin Anne, daughter of Viscount Gormanston, and came to America in the early part of the eighteenth century, and settled in Prince William county, Virginia.  He had a large family including three sons:  Simon, Thomas, Richard.  Simon's descendants live in Kentucky. . . .  Thomas died while in search of health in Jamaica, where his cousin, Henry Lawes Luttrell, had acquired lands from his mother.  Richard, son of Robert Luttrell, lived in Fauquier county, Virginia, near Prince William county.  He married a Miss Churchill and had a son Richard."


from "History of the Irish brigades in the service of France, from the revolution in Great Britain and ..."
By John Cornelius O'Callaghan

Simon died in 1650; leaving, as heir to Luttrell'stown, his eldest son, Thomas; who, after the accession of King Charles II., was
restored to his estates by the Act of Settlement; was made a Gentleman of the Bedchamber to the King; and dying, in 1674, left, by his lady, the daughter of William Segrave, Esq., of the County of Dublin, 4 sons; the 2 elder of whom were named Simon and Henry.

Robert is not mentioned by name.  Two sons of Thomas are not named here.  Again, it is not difficult to understand why an unnamed brother of Col. Simon and Col. Henry Luttrell would emigrate with such chaos around him.

F. E. Ball shows the two unnamed siblings of Col. Simon and Col. Henry Luttrell as being sisters.

There is no specific reference in Irish historical sources that I have found to "our" Robert, the immigrant to America.  I would appreciate hearing from you if you should discover such documentation.


Glenn Luttrell, webmaster
This page was last updated on: April 24, 2013
from A Compendium of Irish Biography: Comprising Sketches of Distinguished Irishmen, and of Eminent. . .  By Alfred Webb,M1

He (Col. Simon Luttrell) was attainted (condemned, outlawed, dispossessed of property and privilege) in 1691, as were also his wife,
and Thomas Luttrell described as of Luttrellstown,
and Robert Luttrell of Simonstown,
County of Kildare.

The English army had defeated the Irish army - many Irish say due to the traitor Col. Henry Luttrell, younger brother of Col. Simon Luttrell.  The leaders of the Irish army would lose their property, positions and rights in most cases.

We know that Col. Simon Luttrell - grandson of Simon Luttrell - left the country with the army of James II (the Wild Geese of Ireland) for France.  We do not know what became of Robert Luttrell of Simonstown, County of Kildare, or Thomas Luttrell of Luttrellstown.  Did they relocate also?  If so, where?

Is this Robert Luttrell possibly the uncle of Col. Simon and Col. Henry?  . . .more specifically, the son of Simon Luttrell?
Is this Robert Luttrell the immigrant to America in the late 17th century?

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awaiting the defeated Irish
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