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MOUNT LUCAS IRELAND

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

THE LUCAS/BALL CONNECTION

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 1900’s 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.

Please contact by e-mail drumcaw@yahoo.ie and copy to webmail@lucasfamily.uk



1841 Benjamin Lucas was a deputy lieutenant for Kings County.

Mount Lucas

Thomas Lucas was born before his father's marriage with Elizabeth Leighton. His father purchased for him the manor of Lexden, Essex, from the heirs of Robert Ratcliffe, earl of Sussex.


Lucas obtained the command of an English troop in the Dutch service, and was knighted by Charles I on 14 April 1628. In December 1638 Wentworth, Earl of Strafford gave him the command of a troop in the Irish army. He was one of the officers in whom Ormonde most confided during the Irish Rebellion of 1641, and held the rank of commissary-general of the horse. He distinguished himself at the Battle of Kilrush (15 April 1642), and was badly wounded at the Battle of New Ross on 18 March 1643.


From 1642 Lucas was a member of the Irish Privy Council, took part in negotiating the cessation of hostilities in 1643 and the treaty of 1646, and was consequently held a delinquent by parliament. He was, however, allowed to compound for his estate on paying a fine of £637 in 1648, and died before October 1649.

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