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James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormond

James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormond.
See full size. From here.

James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormond (see here),
born 1496.
Went to court in London.
In 1522, it was proposed by Henry VIII that Butler marry his relative Anne Boleyn. This did not happen. Later, of course, in 1533, Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn himself.
He was created, in 1535, Viscount Thurles.
He succ as 9th Earl of Ormond and 2nd Earl of Ossory in 1539.

Poisoned in London:
On 17 October 1546, he went to a dinner hosted by John Dudley, (later) Duke of Northumberland at Ely Palace in London. At the dinner he was poisoned by persons unknown. The main suspect is Anthony St Leger.
He died 28 October 1546.
Buried in London.
His heart was buried in St.Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny. The effigy in SE corner is supposed to be him.
He had issue:

  1. Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond,
    favourite of his relative Elizabeth,
    built the new unfortified Ormond Castle, Carrick-on-Suir, c.1568,
    died 1614.

  2. Sir Edmund Butler,
    of Clogrenan Castle (or Cloughgrenan), Co.Carlow,
    died 1602,
    had illegitimate issue:

    1. Sir Thomas Butler, 1st Baronet, illegitimate son,
      cr Baronet 1628.
      Ancestor of Butler Baronets, of Cloughgrenan.
      Ancestor of:

      1. Pierce Butler, born 1744 (see here),
        American Founding Father, signer of the US Constitution.
        See ancestry by Ed Mann. See also [Roberts, 2008].

  3. John Butler,
    of Kilcash Castle, Co.Tipperary,
    died 1570.
    Ancestor of Butler of Kilcash.
    Ancestor of James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde (cr 1662) and Dukes of Ormonde.
    Ancestor of James Butler, 1st Marquess of Ormonde (cr 1825) and Marquesses of Ormonde.

Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond.
From here.

Royal visit of the future George V to the 3rd Marquess of Ormonde at Kilkenny Castle in 1899.
Note portrait of 10th Earl of Ormond on the wall.
See full size. From NLI.


Butler of Clogrenan

Butler of Clogrenan Castle (or Cloughgrenan), Co.Carlow.
Clogrenan is on the border of Co.Laois (Queen's County) and Co.Carlow, on the River Barrow, SW of Carlow.
There are three Clogrenan townlands on the Co.Laois/Co.Carlow border:

  1. Clogrenan, Killeshin par, Co.Laois.
    Small, at the river.

  2. Clogrenan, Cloydagh par, Co.Laois (it is in fact the only townland in this parish).
    Large, in two parts. A part to the W and S of the above. Another part is further W.

  3. Clogrenan, Cloydagh par, Co.Carlow.
    Huge, to the S of the above. The castle is on the border of this townland and the previous. The old map seems to show it with parts in both townlands (and hence both counties).

Clogrenan Castle, Co.Carlow, on 1887 to 1913 map.

A ruin of Clogrenan Castle survived in modern times.
Early 20th century photo. From here.
But very little survives now.
See modern Google street view.


Butler of Kilcash

Butler of Kilcash Castle, Kilcash, a few miles E to NE of Clonmel, SE Co.Tipperary.

Kilcash Castle, Co.Tipperary, on 1829 to 1842 map.
See image from 1887 to 1913 map.
See modern Google street view.

Kilcash Castle.
Photo 2009. See full size. From here.
See more images.


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