Luckock was born (1833 July) at Great Barr, Staffordshire. He was educated at Marlborough College, Shrewsbury School and Jesus College, Cambridge. In 1858 he was awarded a B.A., deaconed in 1860, priested in 1862 and received his M.A.. Vicar of All Saints' church, Cambridge 1862-1862, 1865-1875.Fellow and Dean of Jesus College, Cambridge. In 1875 he was made a Canon of Ely Cathedral, and principal of Ely Theological College. His theological standpoint was Anglo-Catholic. In 1892 he was appointed the Dean of Lichfield Cathedral until his death in 1909.
He married Margret Emma Thompson in Childwall Church April 5, 1866.
Luckock authored the following works:
- Tables of Stone (1867)
- Studies in the History of the Prayer Book (1881)
- An Appeal to the Church not to withdraw her Clergy from Universities (1882)
- Footprints of the Son of Man as traced by St. Mark (1884)
- The Bishops in the Tower
- After Death, the State of the Faithful Dead and their Relationship to the Living (1887)
- The Divine Liturgy, being The Order for Holy Communion, historically, doctrinally, and devotionally set forth (1889)
- The Intermediate State between Death and Judgment (1890)
- John Wesley's Churchmanship (1891)
- Who are Wesley's Heirs? (1892)
- The Church in Scotland (1893)
- History of Marriage, Jewish and Christian, with especial Reference to its Indissolubility and certain forbidden Degrees (1894)
- Footprints of the Apostles as traced by St. Luke in the Acts (2 vols., 1897)
- Four Qualifications for a Good Preacher (1897)
- The Characteristics of the Four Gospels (1900)
- Beautiful Life of an Ideal Priest; or, Reminiscences of Thomas Thellusson Carter (1902)
- Life and Works of Dr. Johnson (1902)
- Spiritual Difficulties in the Bible and Prayer Book: Helps to their Solution (1905)
- Eucharistic Sacrifice and Intercession for the Departed (1907)
Luckock also edited James Russell Woodford's Great Commission: Twelve Addresses on the Ordinal (London, 1886) and Sermons (2 vols., 1887).
- Venn, J.; Venn, J. A., eds. (1922–1958). "Luckock, Herbert Mortimer". Alumni Cantabrigienses (10 vols) (online ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- A short biographical account of Luckock in the Encyclopedia of Living Divines from 1887.