Colonel Henry Luttrell

From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878

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Luttrell, Henry, Colonel, younger brother of preceding, born about 1655, also commanded a regiment of horse in James's army, and also formed one of the deputation to James II. at St. Germain's, to seek Tirconnell's removal. He served with distinction at Sligo, but was afterwards believed to have carried on a treasonable correspondence with De Ginkell, and to have betrayed an important post at Limerick. He brought over his regiment to William III.'s service after the fall of Limerick, had the family estates and a pension of £500 settled on him, and became a major-general in the Dutch army. On the death of William III. he returned to Luttrellstown, where he thenceforward chiefly resided.

In 1793 he was employed as agent for the Venetian government to enlist 2,000 Irish Catholics for service against the Turks. He was murdered in his sedan chair in the streets of Dublin, 3rd November 1717,[186] aged 62. We are told that he possessed "a great deal of talent, a great deal of intrigue, a great deal of courage," and was "a good officer, capable of everything in order to bring about his own ends." His memory has always been held in especial hatred by the Irish people, for having "sold the pass" at Limerick. O'Callaghan quotes a pungent epigram on his death, and says: "He was a bad man, the father of a bad man, and the grandfather of a bad man." The last was the Earl of Carhampton, who sold the family estate to Luke White, by whom its name was altered from Luttrellstown to Woodlands.

Sources

186. Irish Brigades in the Service of France: John C. O'Callaghan. Glasgow, 1870.

197b. James II.—Irish Army List: John D'Alton. 2 vols. London, 1861.

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