Luttrell’s of Luttrellstown
The Luttrell’s who owned Kindlestown settled in Ireland when Sir Geoffrey Luttrell was granted lands of Luttrellstown by Prince John. He was succeeded by Sir Andrew Luttrell of Chilton Co Devon and Luttrellstown and who married Elizabeth daughter of the Earl of Devon. Their son and heir was Sir Hugh Luttrell who resided at Dunster Co Somerset. He was an MP for Somersetshire. Sir Hugh married Catherine the daughter of Sir John Beaumont. Their heir was Sir John Luttrell, who was of Dunster Castle in the County of Somerset, while another son Robert acquired Luttrellstown.
Robert Luttrell was the second son of Sir Hugh Luttrell. Robert’s son and heir was Christopher Luttrell. Christopher had a son named Thomas Luttrell, who married Catherine the daughter of Thomas Rochfort. Thomas’s son and heir was Thomas Luttrell who was married to Ellen nee Bellew.
The Luttrell’s gained land in the area when Robert (son of Sir Hugh) married Anne the daughter of Sir Elias de Ashbourne. With this marriage he came into the possession considerable lands in the County of Dublin. This included the lands of Kindlestown now in the County of Wicklow.
Sir Elias de Ashbourne
Sir Elias de Ashbourne, Knight of Devon, his son would appear to be Sir Thomas de Ashbourne who was around in 1356. Elias was granted as Chief justice of Ireland in 1342. The earliest reference to sir Elias de Ashborne was found to be in 1335.
Elias de Ashbourne or de Assheburne was chief justice of the Kings Bench, he was the son of Roger de Ashbourne, who had been the Mayor of Dublin at the end of the 13th century. Elias was ambitious and went to England and there he went into the service of John, Bishop of Ely, the Treasurer of England. He was sent to Ireland reputedly to superintend the seizure of the land on behalf of the King. To carry out this he was appointed Constable of the castle of Swords. He was an active person in Ireland and was mentioned on the rolls as leader of the county levies; as constable of the castle of Arklow, commander at Newcastle. In 1342 he was appointed as chief justice. He had two son Thomas and Robert and one of his daughters was Elizabeth, who married William Marward.
Ashbourne was granted the custody of Ballygunner Co Dublin in December 1328, and in 1332 was converted into a heritable grant. Ballygunner represented an area in the parish of Delgany and gave de Ashbourne control of Kindlestown and its castle.
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