About James Butler
James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond (b. about 1359 - died 7 September 1405), was a noble in the Peerage of Ireland. He acceded to the title in 1382 and built Gowran Castle three years later making it his usual residence, whence his common epithet, The Earl of Gowran.
In 1391 he purchased Kilkenny Castle by deed from Sir Hugh le Despencer, Earl of Gloucester and Isabel his wife, daughter of Gilbert de Clare. He also built the castle of Dunfert (also called Danefort) and in 1386 founded a Friary of minorities at Ailesbury in Buckinghamshire.
In 1384 he was deputy to Philip deCourtenay, the King's cousin. In 25 July 1392, he was appointed Lord Justice of Ireland as he was again in 1401. On the departure of Sir Stephen Scrope to England on 26 October 1404, by commission, dated at Carlow, 12 February 1388-9, he was appointed keeper of the peace and governor of counties Kilkenny and Tipperary. He was vested with full power to treat with, to execute, to protect, and to give safe conduct to any rebels, etc. In 1397 he assisted Edmond Earl of March, L.L. against O Brien, and in 1390 took prisoner Teige O Carrol, Prince of Elye.
Some time before 17 June 1386, he married Anne Welles, the daughter of John de Welles, 4th Lord Welles by his spouse Maud (née de Roos). Anne Welles died on 13 November 1397, around the age of 37. They had five children:
1. James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormond (1392–1452), married firstly Joan de Beauchamp, daughter of William Beauchamp, 1st Baron Bergavenny and Lady Joan FitzAlan, and had issue. He married secondly, Lady Joan, widow of Jenico Grey, and daughter and heiress of Gerald FitzGerald, 5th Earl of Kildare, without issue.
2. Sir Richard Butler of Polestown, county Kilkenny, (b. b 1396). His godfather was King Richard II of England. He married Catherine, daughter of Gildas O'Reilly of Cavar, Lord of East Breffny, and had issue.
3. Anne Butler, married John Wogan, and had issue.
4. Sir Philip Butler, married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Cockayne, Chief Baron of the Exchequer, by his wife Ida de Grey, and had issue.
5. Sir Ralph Butler, married Margaret de Berwick, and had issue.
In 1399 the Earl married Katherine FitzGerald of Desmond. They had four children:
6. James “Gallda” Butler,
7. Edmund Butler
8. Gerald Butler
9. Theobald Butler
By an unknown mistress he had at least one illegitimate son, Thomas Le Boteller ( died 1420 ) nicked Thomas Bacach ( the lame ). Thomas was Lord Deputy of Ireland and Prior of Kilmainham, a distinguished soldier who led an Irish force of 700 men at the Siege of Rouen in 1419.
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- 1.^ http://www.kilkennycastle.ie/en/TouroftheCastle/TheBuildingoftheCastle/TheButlerCastle/ Purchased Kilkenny Castle.
- 2.^ Lodge, John The Peerage of Ireland or, A Genealogical History Of The Present Nobility Of That Kingdom, 1789, Vol IV, p 10.
- Richardson, Douglas, and Kimball G. Everingham. Magna Carta Ancestry A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. Royal ancestry series. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co, 2005. googlebooks.com Accessed November 9, 2007
- Doyle, James William Edmund. The Official Baronage of England, Showing the Succession, Dignities, and Offices of Every Peer from 1066 to 1885, with Sixteen Hundred Illustrations. London: Longmans, Green, 1886. googlebooks.com Accessed November 9, 2007
- thepeerage.com Accessed November 9, 2007
'James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormonde
'M, #33167, d. 6 September 1405
'James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormonde was the son of James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormonde and Elizabeth Darcy. He married Anne Welles, daughter of John de Welles, 4th Lord Welles and Maud de Ros, before 17 June 1386.1 He died on 6 September 1405.
'James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormonde gained the title of 3rd Earl of Ormonde.
'Child of James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormonde
1.Edmund Butler+ 2
'Children of James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormonde and Anne Welles
1.Richard Butler+ 3
2.James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormonde+ b. 1392, d. 22 Aug 1452
- 1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume X, page 122. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
- 2.[S15] George Edward Cokayne, editor, The Complete Baronetage, 5 volumes (no date (c. 1900); reprint, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 1983), volume III, page 268. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Baronetage.
- 3.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 2807. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
Husband: James BUTLER
Born: ABT 1362 at: Kilkenny,Kilk,Ireland
Died: at: Castle Knoctophe
Father: James BUTLER
Mother: Elizabeth DARCY
Notes:  !Our Noble & Gentle Families of Royal Descent Together with Their Paternal Ancestry by Joseph Foster p 35,39 1884 Edition: 3rd Earl of Ormonde, built Gowran Castle and purchased Kilkenny Castle, 1391 (built by William, Earl Marshall, the elder) from the heirs of Sir Hugh le Despenser, Earl of Gloucester; he also built the Castle Dunfert, commonly called Danes' Fort, founded the Friars Minors of Aylesbury in 1386, lord-deputy of Ireland 1384, governor of counties, Kilkenny and Tipperary.
Wife: Anne WELLS
Father: John de WELLES
Mother: Eleanor de MOWBRAY
Notes:  !Our Noble & Gentle Families of Royal Descent Together with Their Paternal Ancestry by Joseph Foster p 35 1884 Edition: Daughter of Lord John Wells
James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormonde, built Gowran Castle, Gowran, Co.Kilkenny, 1385, mar 1stly, pre-1386, to Anne Welles, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1391-3, purchased Kilkenny Castle 1391 from Sir Hugh le Despenser, mar 2ndly, 1399, to Katherine FitzGerald, died 1405, bur Gowran, Co.Kilkenny, had issue by 1st wife:
1. James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormonde, born 1392, Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland 1420-3, had issue:
2. Sir Richard Butler, had issue:
James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormonde (1376 - 1405), married Anne Welles, daughter of John de Welles, 4th Lord Welles and Maud de Ros, and had issue.
They had a son:
James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormonde (1392 – 22 August 1452) was the son of James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormonde and Anne Welles.
James BUTLER (3° E. Ormonde)
Died: 7 Sep 1405, Gowran
Notes: Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1391-3, purchased Kilkenny Castle 1391 from Sir Hugh le Despenser.
Father: James BUTLER (2° E. Ormonde)
Mother: Elizabeth DARCY (C. Ormonde)
Married 1: Anne WELLES (C. Ormonde) BEF 17 Jun 1386
1. James BUTLER (4° E. Ormonde)
2. Richard BUTLER of Knocktopher (Sir)
3. Anne BUTLER
4. Thomas Bacach BUTLER (Prior of Kilmainham)
5. Ralph BUTLER
6. Phillip BUTLER (Sir)
Married 2: Catherine FITZGERALD (C. Ormonde) 1399
7. James Gallda BUTLER
8. Edmund BUTLER
9. Gerald BUTLER
10. Theobald BUTLER
James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormonde (b. bef. 1376 - September 6, 1405), was a noble in the Peerage of Ireland who built Gowran Castle and made it his usual residence. He was commonly called Earl of Gowran. He also purchased by deed, from the heirs of Sir Thomas le Despencer, 1st Earl of Gloucester, Kilkenny Castle. In 1392, he was appointed Lord Justice of Ireland.
The son of James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormonde by his spouse Elizabeth née Darcy, he married Anne, daughter of John de Welles, 4th Lord Welles by his spouse Maud née de Ros, before June 17, 1386. They had three children:
* James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormonde (1392-1452), married firstly Elizabeth, daughter of William Beauchamp, 1st Baron Bergavenny and had issue. He married secondly, Lady Joan, widow of Jenico Grey, and daughter and heiress of Gerald FitzGerald, 5th Earl of Kildare, without issue.
* Sir Richard Butler of Polestoun, county Kilkenny, (b. b 1396), who married Catherine, daughter of Gildas O'Reilly of Cavar, Lord of East Breffny, and had issue.
* Edmund Butler, married Catherine, daughter of Robert Forstall, and had issue.
A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire
By John Burke
Published by H. Colburn and R. Bentley, 1832
Item notes: 4th ed.:v.1(1832)
Original from Harvard University
Digitized Aug 1, 2007
This is a branch of the noble house of Ormonde, springing from, JAMES, third earl, who, besides legitimate children, had two illegitimate sons, Thomas, prior of Kilmainham, and lord-deputy of Ireland, in the reigns of Henry IV. and Henry V., and JAMES LE BOTILLER, whose descendants, by the settlement of Thomas, the tenth earl, were
made next in remainder to the house of Ormonde, after the family of Donboyne, From this James lineally descended THOMAS BUTLER, esq. of Caher, who m. Ellice, daughter of the Earl of Desmond, and was father of EDMUND BUTLER, esq.
A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire: Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire
By Bernard Burke
Published by Harrison, 1866
Original from Harvard University
Digitized Sep 1, 2005
THOMAS BUTLER, of Cahir-dun Eske, Esq., m. Ellice, dau. of
Thomas, 8lh Earl of Desmond, and was father of EDMUND
BUTLER, who, by Catharine, dau. of Sir Pierce le Poer, Knt.,
I. THOMAS, of whom presently.
Il. Pierce, who was father of
THEOBALD, who became Baron Caher.
James Butler, Third Earl of Ormonde. 1361-1405. Lord Justice of Ireland. Bought Kilkenny Castle, built castle at Gowran, where he is buried.
-------------------- James 3rd Earl of Ormond built/bought Killkenny Castle.
James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond's Timeline
Kilkenny Castle, Kildare, Leinster, Ireland
Badminton, Gloucestershire, , England
June 17, 1386
Ormonde, Kerry, England
Kilkenny Castle, Kildare, Leinster, Ireland
Ormonde, Munster, Kerry, Ireland
England, (Present UK)
September 6, 1405
Knocktopher Castle, Arklow, Wicklow, Ireland