LUTTRELL, Francis I (1628-66), of Dunster Castle, nr. Minehead, Som.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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1661 - 23 Feb. 1666

Family and Education

bap. 1 Nov. 1628, 4th but 2nd surv. s. of Thomas Luttrell (d.1644) of Dunster by Jane, da. of Sir Francis Popham of Littlecote, Wilts.; bro. of Alexander Luttrell. educ. L. Inn 1646, called 1653. m. 8 Oct. 1655, Lucy, da. of Thomas Symonds of Whittlesford, Cambs., 3s. suc. bro. 1655.2

Offices Held

J.p. Som. 1657-9, Mar. 1660-d., commr. for assessment, Som. 1657, Jan. 1660-d., Cornw. 1663-d., militia, Som. Mar. 1660, col. of militia ft. Apr. 1660 commr. for sewers, Aug., Dec. 1660, dep. lt. 1675-d.3


Luttrell’s ancestors had held extensive property in Somerset since 1232, and first entered Parliament in 1360. In 1405 they acquired Dunster, two miles from Minehead, and regularly represented the borough from its enfranchisement in 1563. Luttrell’s father held Dunster Castle for Parliament until forced to surrender to Francis Wyndham, his elder brother served on the county committee during the Civil War and under the Commonwealth, and he himself, despite his youth, found it advisable to sue out a pardon at Oxford in 1644. He qualified as a barrister, but succeeded to the estate two years later, married a granddaughter of John Pym, and represented the county in the second Protectorate Parliament. At the Restoration he was proposed for the order of the Royal Oak, with an income estimated at £1,500 p.a.; but Lord Wharton marked him as a friend both in 1660 and 1661. He was returned to the Convention for the family borough, but he was appointed to no committees and did not speak. He was re-elected to the Cavalier Parliament, in which he was named to only two committees, one, in 1661, for easing sheriffs in their accounts, the other, in 1663, for the better observance of the Lord’s day. He was buried at Dunster on 14 Mar. 1666. He left several young children to the guardianship of (Sir) Charles Pym and Sir Francis Popham.4

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Authors: M. W. Helms / Irene Cassidy


  • 1. New writ.
  • 2. H. C. Maxwell Lyte, Hist. Dunster, 179, 184, 201, 202.
  • 3. Q. Sess. Recs. (Som. Rec. Soc. xxxiv), p. xiv; Merc. Pub. 26 Apr. 1660.
  • 4. Maxwell Lyte, 64, 80, 169, 183, 200, 203; D. Underdown, Som. in the Civil War, 43, 51; W. H. Black, Docquets of Letters Patent, 155.