Luke White (Irish politician)

For other people named Luke White, see Luke White (disambiguation).

Luke White (circa 1750 – 25 February 1824)[1] was an Irish bookseller, operator of a lottery and Whig politician.

He started as an impecunious book dealer,[2] first in the streets of Belfast, then from 1778 at an auction house in Dublin buying and reselling around the country.[3] By 1798, during the Irish Rebellion, he helped the Irish government with a loan of 1 million pounds (at £65 per £100 share at 5%).[4] He then purchased Luttrellstown Castle from Henry Luttrell, 2nd Earl of Carhampton in 1800, and changed its name to Woodlands to eradicate the memory of its previous owner.[5] White was High Sheriff of County Dublin for 1804 and High Sheriff of Longford for 1806.[6] He entered the British House of Commons for Leitrim in 1818 and sat as Member of Parliament (MP) for it until his death in 1824.[1]

On 7 February 1782, he married Elizabeth de la Mazière, by whom he had four sons and three daughters.[6] He later married secondly, in 1800, Arabella Fortescue, daughter of William Fortescue, and had by her one son.[6] White died in Park Street, Mayfair.[3] He left properties worth £175,000 per annum which eventually devolved to his fourth son Henry,[4] who was elevated to the Peerage of the United Kingdom as Baron Annaly.[7] His second son Samuel represented the same constituency as his father and his third son, Luke White Jr. was MP for Longford.[1]

Titles published by L. White


  1. 1 2 3 "WHITE, Luke (c. 1750–1824), of Woodlands, (formerly Luttrellstown), co. Dublin and Porters, Shenley, Herts.". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  2. "Luke White". French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe Project, 1769–1794. University of Leeds. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  3. 1 2 Sylvanus, Urban (1824). The Gentleman's Magazine. London: John Harris and Son. p. 642.
  4. 1 2 BiblioBazaar (1878). Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science. 22nd. London: BiblioBazaar. p. 90. ISBN 1-4264-7699-X.
  5. "Ongar, Official Website – History" (PDF). Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  6. 1 2 3 "ThePeerage – Luke White". Retrieved 22 February 2007.
  7. Debrett, John (1870). Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage. London: Odhams Press. p. 20.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Latouche
Henry John Clements
Member of Parliament for Leitrim
1812 – 1824
With: John Latouche 1812–1820
John Marcus Clements 1820–1824
Succeeded by
John Marcus Clements
Samuel White

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