Simon Luttrell, 1st Earl of Carhampton

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Simon Luttrell, 1st Earl of Carhampton (1713 – 14 January 1787), was an Anglo-Irish politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1754 to 1780.


He was the second son of Henry Luttrell, of Luttrellstown (whose family had held Luttrellstown since the land there had been granted to Sir Geoffrey de Luterel in about 1210 by King John of England) and his wife Elizabeth Jones. His father had been a noted commander in the Jacobite Irish Army between 1689 and 1691. He later received a pardon from the Williamite authorities and was accused by his former Jacobite comrades of having betrayed them. He was murdered when his sedan chair was attacked in Dublin in 1717.

Simon Luttrell served as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Great Britain for four constituencies: Mitchell (1755–1761), Wigan (1761–1768), Weobley (1768–1774) and Stockbridge (1774–1780).[1]

On 13 October 1768, he was created Baron Irnham of Luttrellstown in the Peerage of Ireland. As his title was an Irish peerage, he was able to keep his seat in the British House of Commons. He was elevated to the title of Viscount Carhampton on 9 January 1781 and was made Earl of Carhampton on 23 June 1785. He lived at Four Oaks Hall, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, from 1751 to 1766.[1]

In 1737 he married Judith Maria Lawes, daughter of Sir Nicholas Lawes, Governor of Jamaica, by whom he had eight children:

His rakish behaviour earned him the nickname "King of Hell", "Hell" being a district of Dublin notorious for its brothels.[5] He is reputed to have started the courtesan Mary Nesbitt in her career by seducing her.[6] He had a natural son, Henry Luttrell, possibly by a gardener's daughter. He became known in London as a conversationalist and sometime writer.[2]


  1. ^ a b Brooke, John. "Luttrell, Simon (1713-87)", The History of Parliament
  2. ^ a b "Luttrell, Henry (c.1765-1851)", Dictionary of National Biography, (Leslie Stephens, ed.), Smith, Elder, & Company, 1893
  3. ^ Irish Builder and Engineer, Vol. 35, Howard MacGarvey & Sons., 1893
  4. ^ Devrett, John. Debrett's Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Vol. 2, 1825
  5. ^ Curtis, Maurice. To Hell or Monto: The Story of Dublin's Most Notorious Districts, The History Press, 2015 ISBN 9780750964760
  6. ^ Stevenson, Janet H. (2004). "Nesbitt (née Davis), Mary". Oxford Biography Index. Retrieved 6 April 2009.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Robert Clive
John Stephenson
Member of Parliament for Mitchell
With: Richard Hussey
Succeeded by
John Stephenson
James Scawen
Preceded by
Richard Barry
Sir William Meredith, Bt
Member of Parliament for Wigan
With: Fletcher Norton
Succeeded by
George Byng
Beaumont Hotham
Preceded by
Henry Frederick Thynne
William Lynch
Member of Parliament for Weobley
With: Henry Frederick Thynne 1768–70
Bamber Gascoyne 1770–74
Succeeded by
Sir William Lynch
John St. Leger Douglas
Preceded by
Richard Fuller
James Hare
Member of Parliament for Stockbridge
With: John Luttrell 1774–75
James Luttrell 1775–80
Succeeded by
James Luttrell
John Luttrell
Peerage of Ireland
New title Earl of Carhampton
Succeeded by
Henry Luttrell
Viscount Carhampton
Baron Irnham