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Benjamin granted Mt Lucas by Cromwell. Ordered by the lord protector to “put to the sword every man and boy of an area in Ireland that had resisted the English invasion “Benjamin replied “I will not be his Highness’ butcher”

Cromwell relented and spared the people


Elizabeth Lucas (bapt. 15/08/1702) heiress and daughter of John Lucas and Elizabeth Wakeley (married 1853)  married ( in 1871) Benjamin Manly Ball  son of Edward and Ann Ball of Dublin. Benjamin was educated in Trinity collage and was called to the bar in 1886, he was also a member of Kings County Grand Jury and a Magistrate.

They had one daughter Deborah Elizabeth (b. 1873 ) who never married and after her parents deaths in the early 1900s Deborah inherited the Mount Lucas estate.

Deborah lived in Mount Lucas House with her aunt Eleanor Lucas until 1922 when they moved following an attack on the house during the troubles. A Witnesses Account  to this attack Ann Smyth {Birmingham} who worked in the house as a cook said that “the attackers entered the house threatened the staff and locked them in a room before taking Deborah and Eleanor out of the house the attackers then set fire to a large room at the rear of the house which was used for entertaining {this part of the house was later demolished} when the staff escaped from the burning house they found Miss Ball tied to a tree naked and her head had been shaved

Any one that has any information on Mount Lucas estate , Ballyhugh, Springfield, Drumcaw, Eskrmore, Ballycon and Esker Beg or the Lucas family of Mount Lucas Daingean(Philipstown) Offaly (King’s County) Ireland can e-mail Kenneth Smith at  drumcaw@yahoo.ie

1841 Benjamin Lucas was a deputy lieutenant for Kings County.

Mount Lucas