FOWNES LUTTRELL, John II (1787-1857), of Dunster Castle, Som.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1812 - 1832

Family and Education

b. 26 Aug. 1787, 1st s. of John Fownes Luttrell I*, and bro. of Henry Fownes Luttrell*. educ. Eton 1802; Oriel, Oxf. 1805. unm. suc. fa. 1816.

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Luttrell was returned for the family borough by and with his father in 1812 and listed a supporter by the Treasury. No speech of his is known before 1820. It was most probably he, rather than his father, who opposed Catholic relief throughout in 1813. He certainly took three weeks’ leave of absence on 18 Mar. 1813, after serving on the Haslemere committee; and he opposed relief in 1816 and 1817. In other respects, when present, he voted only with ministers: on the civil list, 8 May 1815, 6 and 24 May 1816; on the public revenue bill (unless ‘S. F. Luttrell’ was his brother), 17 and 20 June 1816; on the finance committee and on the Admiralty establishment, 7 and 25 Feb. 1817. Thereafter his attendance was sparse. He took leaves of absence in March and April 1819 and it is difficult to be certain whether it was he or his brother who voted against Tierney’s censure motion, 18 May, and for the foreign enlistment bill, 10 June 1819.

Luttrell seems to have been on much the same terms with government as his father: on 22 May 1819 he applied to Lord Liverpool for military promotion for his brother in the Guards. He retained his seat until Minehead was disfranchised, an event he stoutly resisted. In 1833 he contested West Somerset unsuccessfully on the Tory interest. He died 11 Jan. 1857.

Add. 38277, f. 138; Sir H. C. Maxwell Lyte, Hist. Dunster, i. 270-2; The blessings of boroughmongering (1833) (pamphlet in BL).

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: R. G. Thorne