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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. 

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", eventually.  The Cromwellians dispossessed all Catholics from their estates.  "In the case of Thomas Luttrell, of Luttrelstown, in the
county of Dublin, we have a proprietor reduced, with his 
family, to occupy the stables while taking the last crop, and
thence transplanted to Connaught."
from The Cromwellian settlement of Ireland. By John P. Prendergast, esq.

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 following assertion that Robert Luttrell was the brother of Col. Simon & Col. Henry Luttrell has been shown to be incorrect.

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".

"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."


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.

Jan. 2020 UPDATE - 
In "Calendar of Inquisitions Formerly In The Office Of The Chief Remembrancer of The Exchequer Prepared From The MSS Of The Irish Record Commission"
by Margaret C. Griffith,
a record has been found that shows this Robert (of Simonstown, co. Kildare) to be the uncle of Col. Simon Luttrell of Luttrellstown!  However, I still have found no official record, other than family history, that confirms this Robert Luttrell came to America.


Glenn Luttrell, webmaster
This page was last updated on: January 13, 2020
from A Compendium of Irish Biography: Comprising Sketches of Distinguished Irishmen, and of Eminent. . .  By Alfred Webb

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?

This Robert Luttrell is the uncle of Col. Simon and Col. Henry  . . .and, more specifically, the son of Simon Luttrell, as described by 
Dr. Littrell but. . .

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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