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The Coat of Arms of
Sir Lionel Luckhoo

 Sir Lionel Luckhoo

Courtesy of Lady Luckhoo
Sir Lionel Alfred Luckhoo, recognized by Guinness Book of World Records as the world's most successful attorney, never lost any of the 245 cases he fought. Twice knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of England, Sir Lionel also enjoyed the distinction of having served as Ambassador to two sovereign nations, simultaneously.


The Luckhoo Dynasty


Adapted from "The Coat of Arms of Sir Lionel Luckhoo,"
American Genealogy Magazine, Vol. 10, Nos. 2 & 3

Luckhoo is the surname of one of the most prominent and influential families of the Caribbean. British Guiana (now Guyana) was the seat of the Luckhoo dynasty, although now branches of the family are established in Great Britain and America.

Seven year-old Lokhooa, along with his brothers, eleven year-old Ruhoman and thirteen year-old Pahalad, were persuaded by a labor recruiter to leave their native India and sail to British Guiana (now Guyana). In five years, the recruiter assured the brothers that they could return to India as rich men. "For Lokooa," said Fred Archer, "the promise of wealth was to come true, but he did not go back to India. He stayed and founded a dynasty."

LOKHOOA [later MOSES LUCKHOO], merchant, born 1859, India—died 1909, Guyana; married Elizabeth Saywack.
Their children:
  • EDWARD ALFRED LUCKHOO, O. B. E., first Indian solicitor in Guyana, Mayor of New Amsterdam, Member of the Legislature; married Evelyn Maude Mungal-Singh.
    Their children:
    • Sir EDWARD VICTOR LUCKHOO, Q. C. High Commissioner for Guyana in India; Chancellor of the Judiciary; Acting Governor General of Guyana; married Maureen Moxlow.
    • Sir LIONEL ALFRED LUCKHOO, K. C. M. G., Kt. Bach., C. B. E., Q. C., Lord Mayor of Georgetown, Judge of Supreme Court of Guyana, Ambassador and High Commissioner, barrister, newspaper columnist, author, broadcast journalist, licensed minister; married (1) Sheila Chamberlin; married (2) Jeanie Willis Carter.
    • CLAUDE LLOYD LUCKHOO, Q. C.; attorney; m. Doreen Ablack.
    • ENA LUCKHOO, married Dr. Peter Byrne.
    • RENEE LUCKHOO, married Dr. Frank Mahabir.
  • JAMES LUCKHOO, died at age 12.
  • JOSEPH ALEXANDER LUCKHOO, K. C.; born 1887, Guyana - d. 1949, Guyana; First Indian Barrister-at-law in Guyana, First Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice of Guyana; married Irene Mahadeo.
    Their children:
    • Sir JOSEPH ALEXANDER LUCKHOO, (1917-1990), Chief Justice of Guyana, Appeal Judge, Jamaica
    • RONALD HEWLEY LUCKHOO, barrister-at-law
  • Dr. DAVID LAURENCE LUCKHOO, Fellow, Royal Faculty of Physicians, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • AMY ELIZA LUCKHOO, married Edgar Adolphus Adams, O. B. E., F. A. C. C. A., Town Clerk of Georgetown, Guyana. Their children:
    • EDGAR WANDSWORTH ADAMS, barrister-at-law
    • BERTRAND OSWALD ADAMS, Q. C., attorney.

    References: H. E. Paston-Bedingfeld, Esq., Rouge Croix, Pursuivant of Arms, The College of Arms, London, England, to Lady Luckhoo, 14 June 1991; Dwaraka Nath, A History of Indians in Guyana (London: the author, 1970), pp. 201-203; Fred Archer, Sir Lionel (Costa Mesa, Calif.: Gift Publications, 1980), pp. 18-19, 116-117; Interviews with Sir Lionel Luckhoo, Fort Worth, Texas, by James Pylant, 1995; Sir Edward Luckhoo, West Liversedge, West Yorkshire, England, to James Pylant, 18 July 1995; J.A. McIlvenna, Calgary, Canada, to James Pylant, 18 March 2005.