Luterel, Robert (d. 1246), chancellor of Ireland, was a relative of Sir Geoffrey Luttrell, the favourite minister of King John (qv) and ancestor of the Luttrell family of Dunster castle in Somerset and of the family based at Luttrellstown, Co. Dublin. At an early age he entered clerical orders and served as a clerk: he first appears in Ireland during the 1220s as treasurer of St Patrick's cathedral. On the death in 1228 of the archbishop of Dublin, Henry of London (qv), Robert was briefly entrusted with the custody of the see until the election of Luke (qv) later that year. In 1232 Ralph de Neville (d. 1244), chancellor of England and bishop of Chichester, was given the chancery of Ireland. As he was unable to take up the post in person Neville appointed Geoffrey de Tourville (qv) and Luterel as his deputies successively; Tourville proved the abler of the two, having superior legal and administrative skills, and Robert probably owed his appointment not to his abilities but to the influence of his kinsman Sir Geoffrey. In 1237 Luterel obtained a grant of the archdeaconry of Armagh. He was eventually superseded as chancellor of Ireland by Geoffrey de Wulward in April 1246, and died shortly afterwards.
F. E. Ball, A history of the county of Dublin (1902–20), iv; Ball, Judges, i, 9, 35, 46; NHI, ix, 501