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Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde



Effigies of 8th Earl of Ormonde and Margaret Fitzgerald, St.Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny.
From exhibition at NMI.
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See low-light image. Posted by Simon Dowling.




Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde (see here and here), born c.1467,
mar 1485 to Margaret Fitzgerald [descendant of Edward I],
built Neigham Castle, near Gowran, Co.Kilkenny, c.1487,
succ 1515,
in Feb 1528 (regarded at the time as the end of 1527) he was forced to give up Earldom of Ormonde to his relation Anne Boleyn's father, after Henry VIII fell for her,
in return he was cr 1st Earl of Ossory,
after the fall of Anne Boleyn 1536, he succeeded in regaining Earldom of Ormonde 1538,
always numbered as 8th Earl (Boleyn not counted),
set up original Kilkenny College 1538, one of Ireland's oldest surviving schools,
he died 1539, bur St.Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny, SE corner, impressive effigy,
Margaret died 1542, bur impressive effigy beside husband,
had issue:


  1. Ellice Butler,
    mar Gerald Fitzgerald and had issue.


  2. James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormonde, born c.1496.


  3. Richard Butler, 1st Viscount Mountgarret (see here), born 1500,
    died 1571, bur St.Canice's, Kilkenny, SC wall, effigy.


  4. Helen Butler, Ellena,
    mar Donnchadh O'Brien, 2nd Earl of Thomond and had issue.






(Foreground) Effigies of 8th Earl of Ormonde and Margaret Fitzgerald, St.Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny.
(Background) Supposed to be effigy of 9th Earl of Ormonde.
Photo 2004. See full size. See other shot.



(Foreground) Effigies of 8th Earl of Ormonde and Margaret Fitzgerald.
Photo 2007. See full size.
From here. Creative Commons.



Effigy of Margaret Fitzgerald.
From Irish Archaeology, which notes: "angels defaced by 17th century iconoclasts".




Tomb of Richard Butler, 1st Viscount Mountgarret



Effigy of 1st Viscount Mountgarret, St.Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny.
Photo 2004. See full size.



Other view of above.
Photo 2004. See full size.



Inscription above effigy of 1st Viscount Mountgarret, St.Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny,
listing his parents, Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde, and Margaret Fitzgerald, dau of 8th Earl of Kildare.
Photo 2004. Light adjusted. See full size.




Neigham Castle, Co.Kilkenny



Neigham Castle, near Gowran, Co.Kilkenny.
From 1887 to 1913 map.
See modern satellite view.



Neigham Castle.
Screenshot from Google street view.



Distance shot of Neigham Castle.
Photo 2007. See full size.



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