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Thomas Butler, Viscount Thurles

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Thomas Butler, Viscount Thurles (before 1596 – 15 December 1619) was the son and heir apparent of Walter Butler, 11th Earl of Ormond (1559 – 1632/3) (whom he predeceased) and Helen Butler. He resided at Thurles Castle, Thurles, County Tipperary. He was the father of the noted Anglo-Irish statesman and Royalist commander James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde.

Marriage and children

Sometime before 1610, he married Elizabeth Poyntz against his father's wishes. She was the daughter of Sir John Poyntz (d.1633) of Iron Acton in Gloucestershire and Elizabeth Sydenham. They had six children:

  1. James (1610–1688), who would become the 1st Duke of Ormond;[1]
  2. John (died 1636), who would die unmarried in Naples on his travels;[2]
  3. Richard (1615–1701) who was confirmed as owner of lands of Kilcash, Garryricken and many others in the counties of Tipperary and Kilkenny by the Commission of Grace in 1639;[3]
  4. Eleanor (1612–1682), who would marry Donough MacCarty, 1st Earl of Clancarty;[4]
  5. Elizabeth (died 1675), who would marry James Purcell, titular Baron of Loughmoe;[5]
  6. Mary (died 1680), who would marry Sir George Hamilton, 1st Baronet, of Donalong.[6]

Death and succession

In 1619 at the beginning of his father's long imprisonment in the Fleet Prison, Thomas was summoned to England to answer charges of treason, specifically, of having garrisoned Kilkenny. However, the ship conveying him was wrecked off the coast of The Skerries, Isle of Anglesey and he was drowned. Like his father, Viscount Thurles was a prominent Catholic and it seems likely that his refusal to conform to the established Anglican religion had angered King James I, and may have been the true motive for his summons.

He predeceased his father who died in 1634. His son James, the future 1st Duke of Ormond, then followed him as the bearer of the courtesy title Viscount Thurles until he became the 12th Earl of Ormond.

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Lodge 1789, p. 39, line 27: "James, successor to his grandfather, created Duke of Ormond, one of the ablest statesmen, and worthiest person of the age in which he flourished."
  2. ^ Lodge 1789, p. 39, line 30: "John who died unmarried at Naples, on his travels, in 1636."
  3. ^ Lodge 1789, p. 40: "Richard Butler of Kilcash, Esq.; the youngest son, had a confirmation (by virtue of the commission of grace) 24 June 1639, of the lands of Kilcash, Garryricken, and many others in the counties of Tipperary and Kilkenny; with a limitation thereof to his heirs male; remainder to the respective heirs male of Walter Earl of Ormond; Pierce Butler Fitz-Walter ..."
  4. ^ Lodge 1789, p. 39, line 33: "Daughter Ellen, married to Donogh, Earl of Clancarthy, and dying in April 1682, AEt. 70, was buried 24 in the Chancel of St. Michan's church."
  5. ^ Lodge 1789, p. 39, line 36: "Elizabeth, first married to James Purcell, Esq.; titular baron of Loughmoe, by whom she had one son Nicholas, and two daughters; ..."
  6. ^ Lodge 1789, p. 40, line 14: "Mary, married to Sir George Hamilton, ancestor by her to the Earl of Abercorn, and died in August 1680."
  • Lodge, John (1789), The Peerage of Ireland, 4, Dublin: James Moore - Viscounts (for Butler, Viscount Mountgarrett)

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