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Simon Luttrell (Lord Carhampton) of Luttrellstown
b. 1713     d. 1787

son of Col. Henry Luttrell of Luttrellstown

m. Judith Maria Lawes
(sole heiress of Sir Nicholas Lawes, Governor of Jamaica)

Children of Simon and Judith:

2nd Earl of Carhampton

3RD Earl of Carhampton  d. 1829 - Title became extinct

(m. Henry Frederick, Duke of Cumberland, brother of George III)

imprisoned for gambling debts and pickpocketing -
poisoned herself after being condemned to clean the streets chained to a wheelbarrow.

d. 1803 in Paris

CAPT. JAMES LUTTRELL - b. 1751  d. 1788
Capt. in Royal Navy and M. P.

LUCY LUTTRELL (m. Capt. Moriaty)

resided at Four Oaks in Warwickshire 1744 - 1778

Was created Baron Irnham (of Ireland) in 1768 and Earl of Carhampton in 1785

In 1774 he was returned to Parliament together with no less than three of his sons.

From Ball's History of County Dublin, Parish of Clonsilla

Simon Luttrell, who was created Baron Irnham and Earl of Carhampton, titles which he took from property belonging to the English Luttrells, and who became father-in-law of George the Third's brother the Duke of Cumberland, attained to a great position, but his public life was passed in England, and relates to the history of that country.

His establishing his principal residence in England is said to have been due to a desire to escape from his unpopularity in this country, but it is probable that it was in part due to the wider field for political life and to his marriage to an English lady, a daughter of Sir Nicholas Lawes, sometime Governor of Jamaica.  This lady brought to him additional wealth, including property in the country of which her father had been Governor, and it was not long after his marriage to her that he purchased, in 1744, a handsome seat in Warwickshire known as Four Oaks.

Ten years later he was returned to Parliament as member for the borough of Michael, in Cornwall, and became a strenuous supporter of the Duke of Newcastle, and subsequently of the Earl of Bute.

While sitting for Michael he entered upon a long and arduous contest for the borough of Wigan, in Lancashire.  In a number of letters written from Four Oaks, and his London house in South Audley Street, to the Duke of Newcastle, Luttrell describes the efforts made my him and his brother candidate to secure the corporation of Wigan, with whom the result rested, and the Duke of Newcastle, in, reply to one of these letters, acknowledged the great obligations the Government were under to Mr. Luttrell for the part he had taken, and expressed a high sense of the value of his friendship.

Luttrell's candidature was crowned with success, and he was returned in 1761 for Wigan, which he represented until 1768, when he was returned for Weobley, in Hereford.  In the latter year he was created Baron Irnham, but as an Irish peer, and thus was not deprived of his seat in the English House of Commons.

A year later the contest between Wilkes and his eldest son took place, but the vituperation to which he and his son were exposed only stimulated Lord Irnham to further political exertion, and at the General Election of 1774 he was returned to Parliament (as a member for the borough of Stockbridge, in Hampshire), together with no less than three of his sons.

A viscounty in 1780 and an earldom in 1785 under the title of Carhampton were only fitting rewards for such devotion to his party.  Towards the close of his life Lord Carhampton resumed his residence at Luttrellstown.

He became then a constant attendant in the Irish House of Lords, of which his contemporary, Francis Hardy, Lord Charlemont's biographer, says he was for many years a distinguished member.  In the opinion of Hardy the accounts which political writers of that day published with regard to Lord Carhampton ought to be regarded, almost without exception, as the mere fabrications of party, and in the social relations of life Hardy speaks of him as an agreeable companion, brilliant conversationalist and excellent scholar.

Lord Carhampton, who died in 1787, and was buried at Kingsbury, in Warwickshire, was succeeded by his eldest son, the well-known Henry Lawes, second Earl of Carhampton, who exhibited in his life many of the failings of his grandfather, Colonel Henry Luttrell.

. . .

(After the usual fashion of satirizing any unpopular character, the first Lord Irnham was introduced in a satirical ballad, in which the Devil is represented as summoning before him those who had the strongest claim to succeed him as King of Hell.  Having summoned amongst others Lord Lyttleton, the ballad concludes

But as he spoke there issued from the crowd
Irnham the base, the cruel, and the proud
And eager cried, "I boast superior claim
To Hell's dark throne  and Irnham is my name.")

This favorite of fortune had married the heiress of one Nicholas Lawes, Governor of Jamaica; and had a family of five sons and three daughters, handsome of person, charming in manner, brilliant, reckless, and depraved.

Strange stories were current of the revels at Luttrellstown, of the high play and ruinous wagers; of the duels that ensued, and the hushing up of compromising details; of the family quarrels between father and sons, brothers and sisters.

Ref to Colonel Luttrell (Henry Lawes), the eldest son.  He and his father, being alike fierce in temper, quarreled perpetually.  On one occasion they disputed as to some furniture in Lord Carhampton's house in Merrion Square, which he had made over to his son.  The quarrel could only be adjusted by a law suit;  father and son conducted each his own suit in a manner not unworthy of a trained counsel.


from The Annual Register
edited by Edmund Burke

He was a distinguished member of the House of Lords in Ireland for many years, though by no means young when he took his seat in that assembly. Whilst he was there, he spoke with his accustomed wit and humour, great perspicuity, spicuity, adroitness, knowledge of mankind, quickness in perceiving, and rallying the foibles of his adversaries, stimulating, if it suited his purpose, a warm temper to warmth still greater, with a general vigilance and command of his own. To oratory he had no claim.
He was well versed in the proceedings of parliament, as, for the best part of his life, he had sat in the English House of Commons, where, though he did not press forward as a constant debater, he was a most keen and accurate observer of all that passed. As a
companion, a more agreeable man could scarcely be found. He was the delight of those whose society he frequented, whilst he resided in Dublin, as he did almost constantly towards the close of his life. His conversation (for I had long the honour and happiness of partaking of it) was charming; full of sound sense, perfect acquaintance with the histories of the most distinguished persons of his own age, and that which preceded it; without the least garrulity pursuing various narratives, and enlivening all with the most graceful original humour. In many respects it resembled that species of conversation, which the French, at a period when society was best under stood ,distinguished above all other colloquial excellence of that day, by the appropriate phrase oft'Esprit de Morteniart.  Gay, simple, very peculiar, yet perfectly natural, easy, and companionable; unambitious of all ornament, but embellished by that unstudied and becoming air, which a just taste, improved by long familiarity with persons of
the best manners, can alone bestow. Lord Carhampton was an excellent scholar; but as the subjects which engaged his attention in general were either political, or such as an agreeable man of the world would most dwell on in mixed companies, his literary acquirements were only, or more peculiarly, known to those who lived in greater intimacy with him. 'to enter into an idle and unskilful paflegync of this nobleman, is not the part of these memoirs; but they can state with propriety, that he was friendly and good-natured; and it is only doing bare justice to his memory to add, that the accounts which political writers of the day, especially at the period of the Middlesex election, published with regard to him, are almost without exception to be regarded as the mere fabrications of party.


from Dictionary of National Biography
The story goes that when challenged to a duel by his father (referring to Henry Lawes Luttrell and his father Simon, Lord Carhampton), he refused the summons because it was not given by a ' gentleman.'


Lord Carhampton and the Hell-Fire Club

Sketches of Old Dublin   By Ada Peter,M1

Sir Compton Domville, of Templeogue, was uncle to Lord Santry, and from him has come into the possession of the National Gallery in Merrion Square a remarkable picture, entitled " The Hell-Fire Club." It was painted by James Worsdale, stated to be, with Lord Rosse, one of the original founders, and the portraits given five in number are full-length likenesses of the most prominent members, namely Henry Barry, 21st Lord Santry ; Colonel Clements, Colonel Henry Ponsonby, who was killed at Fontenoy in 1745 ; Colonel St. George, and Simon Luttrell, late Earl of Carhampton. The scene of the picture is believed to be laid at Santry Court, Co. Dublin