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Butler, Earl of Ormond

Originally spelled "Earl of Ormond".
The Baronies are "Ormond" (Ormond Upper and Ormond Lower).
The spelling "Ormonde" for the Butler title came in in the 17th century.

The Butler arms above the gate of Kilkenny Castle.
Photo 2017. See full size. From here.
See 2004 photo.

Theobald Walter, 1st Chief Butler of Ireland,
also Theobald FitzWalter, or Theobald Walter le Boteler, or Theobald Butler.
He was from Norfolk.
He took part in the Irish invasion and campaign under Henry II and Prince John.
He was created the first Chief Butler of Ireland. The family took their surname from this.
He was granted Baggotrath, Co.Dublin.
Granted the Stein River lands in Dublin, around what is now Trinity College Dublin [Sweeney, 1991].
He founded Abbey of Owney, Abington, Co.Limerick, c.1200.
He built Nenagh Castle, Nenagh, Co.Tipperary, c.1200.
He died February 4, 1206, at Arklow Castle, Arklow, Co.Wicklow.
He was bur Abbey of Owney, Abington, Co.Limerick.
He had issue:

Theobald le Botiller, 2nd Chief Butler of Ireland,
Theobald Butler, born January 1200,
mar 1stly, 1222, to Joan du Marais [or de Marisco, daughter of Geoffrey du Marais],
she died 1225,
he died July 19, 1230, in Poitou, France,
bur Arklow Abbey, Arklow, Co.Wicklow,
had issue by 1st wife:

Theobald Butler, 3rd Chief Butler of Ireland,
born 1224 [age 6 when father died],
mar Margery de Burgh,
Justiciar of Ireland (chief governor) 1247,
died December 26, 1248, bur Arklow Abbey,
had issue:

Theobald Butler, 4th Chief Butler of Ireland,
mar Joan fitzJohn [descendant of Charlemagne],
died 26 September 1285, Arklow Castle,
bur Arklow Abbey,
had issue:

  1. Edmund Butler, Earl of Carrick,
    6th Chief Butler of Ireland,
    died 1321.
    Ancestor of Earls of Ormond.

  2. Thomas Butler, 1st Baron of Dunboyne,
    died 1329.
    Ancestor of Barons Dunboyne.
    Ancestor of Butler of Waterville.

Nenagh Castle, Nenagh, Co.Tipperary.
Photo uploaded 2006. From here.
See more images.
See street view.


Arklow Castle (also called Ormonde Castle) and Arklow Abbey, Arklow, Co.Wicklow.
Seat and burial place of the Butlers.

Arklow Castle, Arklow, Co.Wicklow, on 1887 to 1913 map.

Remains of Arklow Castle today.
From street view.

Abbey Lane and old graveyard, Arklow, on 1887 to 1913 map.
This is the site of the vanished Arklow Abbey.
See modern street view of entrance to Abbey Lane.



Sources yet to be consulted


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