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James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond

Figures of (left) a Butler lord, and (right) his Fitzgerald wife.
Jerpoint Abbey, near Thomastown, Co.Kilkenny.
These are dated c.1400, so must be 3rd Earl of Ormond and 2nd wife (rather than Edmund Butler and Joan Fitzgerald).
Photos 2007. (Left) See full size and other shot. (Right) See full size.
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James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond.
See wikipedia and genealogics.
He succ as Earl in 1382 when his father died.
He built Gowran Castle, Gowran, Co.Kilkenny, in 1385.
He was called "The Earl of Gowran".

He mar 1stly, pre-1386, to Anne Welles.
Governor of Ireland 1391.
He purchased Kilkenny Castle 1391.
Anne died on 13 November 1397.

He mar 2ndly, 1399, to Katherine FitzGerald.
Governor of Ireland 1405.
He died 7 September 1405, Gowran Castle.
He was buried in St. Mary's Collegiate Church, Gowran.
He had issue by 1st wife:

  1. James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormond, had issue:

    1. John Butler, 6th Earl of Ormond, had illegitimate issue:

      1. James Butler, "Black James",
        skirmish with 8th Earl of Kildare 1492.

    2. Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond, had issue:

      1. Margaret Butler,
        mar Sir William Boleyn and had issue.
        They were grandparents of Anne Boleyn and great-grandparents of Elizabeth.
        The Earldom of Ormond was granted to this line during the brief period of favour of Anne Boleyn. After her fall it returned to the male-line Butler family.

  2. Sir Richard Butler,
    born at Kilkenny Castle, 1395,
    named in honour of the visiting King Richard II,
    later of Polestown Castle (or Paulstown Castle), a bit S of the village of Polestown (or Paulstown), Co.Kilkenny,
    mar Catherine O'Reilly [dau of Gildas O'Reilly, Lord of East Breifne],
    Catherine died 1420,
    he died 1443,
    had issue:

    1. Sir Edmund Butler,
      of Polestown (or Paulstown), Co.Kilkenny,
      succ 1443,
      mar Catherine O'Carroll [dau of Mulroney O'Carroll, King of Ely O'Carroll],
      adopted the Gaelic title of "The MacRichard of Ossory",
      founded the bridge at Carrick-on-Suir 1447,
      died June 13, 1464,
      buried at Grey Friars, Kilkenny,
      Catherine died 1506,
      had issue:

      1. Sir James Butler.
        Father of 8th Earl of Ormond.

      2. Richard "The Boaster" Butler,
        had issue:

        1. Catherine Butler,
          mar Edmond Butler, 8th Baron of Dunboyne and had issue.


Paulstown Castle, Co.Kilkenny.
From 1887 to 1913 map.
The new building is 18th century, but may incorporate part of the old castle. The new building is now a ruin.
See modern satellite view.
See street view of NE entrance (the "Lodge" shown some distance to the NE on the OS map, not shown in screenshot above).

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