The Earls of Ormonde

The word "butler" derives from the "bouteillier", meaning "cup bearer", or from "bouteille", meaning "bottle". In 1177 Theobald le Botiller FitzWalter accompanied King Henry II into Ireland, and was appointed hereditary Chief Butler of Ireland. This title can be defined as Governor by today's standards. He was granted land holdings of Baggotrath, in Co. Dublin, and the Stein River lands around what is now Trinity College, Dublin.

In 1328 James Butler, a son of Edmund Butler, was created Earl of Ormonde. One reason for his elevation being the fact that his wife Eleanor, a daughter of Humfrey Bohun, earl of Hereford, was a granddaughter of King Edward I. His son James, the 2nd earl, was four times governor of Ireland; the latter's grandson James, the 4th earl, held the same position several times, and won repute not only as a soldier, but as a scholar. ... ...more

The Earls of Ormonde                   A brief history of Norman Ireland

From the 14th to the 20th centuries, the Kilkenny Castle was the main seat of the Earls and Dukes of Ormonde

  • A1. Herveius Walter;
    • B1. Hervey Walter, m. Maud de Valognes;
      • C1. Hubert FitzWalter, Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Chancellor, d:1205;
      • C2. Theobald FitzWalter, Chief Butler of Ireland, lvd:1177, m. Maud le Vavasour;
        • D1. Theobald le Botiller, d:1230, m. Joan de Marreis;
          • E1. Maud le Botiller, m. Sir John FitzAlan;  <==  FitzAlan family
          • E2. Theobald le Botiller, d:1248, m. Margery de Burgh;  ==>  de Burgh family
            • F1. Theobald, 1st Lord de Botiller, d:1285, m. Joan FitzGeoffrey;
    • G1. Sir Edmund de Botiller, Earl of Carrick, d:1321, m. Joan FitzGerald;
      • H1. Joane Butler, lvd:1321, m. Sir Roger Mortimer;  <==  Mortimer family
      • H2. James Butler, 1st Earl of Ormonde, d:1337, m. Alianore de Bohun;  ==>  de Bohun family
        • I1. Petronilla Butler, d:1387, m. Gilbert Talbot;  <==  Talbot family
        • I2. James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormonde, d:1382, m. Elizabeth d'Arcy;  ==>  Darcy family
          • J1. James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormonde, d:1405, m. Anne Welles;
            • K1. James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormonde, d:1452, m. Elizabeth de Beauchamp;  ==>  Beauchamp family
              • L1. James Butler, 5th Earl of Ormonde, lvd:1420/1461, m. Amicia Stafford;
              • L2. John Butler, 6th Earl of Ormonde, d:1478;
              • L3. Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormonde, d:1515, m. Anne Hankford;  ==>  Montacute family
                • M1. Anne Butler, m. James St. Leger;  <==  St. Leger family
                • M2. Margaret Butler, m. Sir William Boleyn;  <==  Boleyn family
                  • N1. Anne Boleyn, m. King HENRY VIII;

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