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Piers Butler

Also Known As: "Red Piers"
Birthplace: Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny County, Ireland
Death: Died in Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny, Ireland
Place of Burial: St. Canice, Kilkenny, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir James Butler and Sabine Butler (Kavanagh)
Husband of Lady Margaret Butler (Fitzgerald)
Father of Thomas Butter, of Dedham; Katherine (Butler) Power 'then' FitzGerald; Margaret Bourke; Ellice Fitzgerald; Lady Joan Butler (Butler) and 7 others
Brother of Theobald Butler of Nechum

Occupation: 8th Earl of Ormond, 1st Earl of Ossuary, Chief Governor of Ireland, seized kilkenny castle, 8th Earl of Ormonde, of the line of Earls of Ormond., Knight
Managed by: stanley w. duke, jr.
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About Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormond



Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde and 1st Earl of Ossory (c. 1467 – August 26, 1539), also known as The Red Piers, was the son of Sir James Butler, of Polestown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, and Sabh Kavanagh, the daughter of Donel Reagh Mac-Morrough Kavanagh.

Piers was cousin and heir of Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormonde. On March 20, 1489, King Henry VII appointed him Sheriff of Kilkenny. He was subsequently knighted (prior to September 1497) and on February 28, 1498 he received a pardon for crimes committed in Ireland. (Including the murder of James Ormonde, also heir to the Earl of Ormonde.) He was also made Senechal of the Liberty of Tipperary on June 21, 1505.

On the death of Thomas Butler on August 3, 1515, Piers Butler became the 8th Earl of Ormonde. On March 6, 1522, the King appointed him Chief Governor of Ireland as Lord Deputy; he held this office until May 13, 1524 when he became Lord Treasurer.

As the king wanted the Earldom of Ormonde for Thomas Boleyn, he induced Piers and his coheirs to resign their claims on February 18, 1528. Piers was quickly (five days later) made Earl of Ossory. On February 22, 1538, the Earldom of Ormonde was restored to him.

He died on August 26, 1539 and was buried in the church of St. Canice, Kilkenny.

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He married Lady Margaret FitzGerald, daughter of Gerald FitzMaurice FitzGerald, 8th Earl of Kildare and Alison Eustace, circa 1485. They had issue:

   * James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormonde (b. b 1515-1546), married with Lady Joan FitzGerald, daughter and heiress of 11th Earl of Desmond, and had issue.
   * Helen Butler (b. b 1523-1597), married Donough O'Brien, 1st Earl of Thomond, son of Conor O'Brien, Prince of Thomond and Annabell de Burgh
   * Richard Butler, 1st Viscount Mountgarret (b. b 1539), married Eleanor Butler, daughter of Theobald Butler, had issue.
   * Margaret Butler (b. b 1539), married Barnaby FitzPatrick, 1st Lord of Upper Ossory and had issue.
   * Joan Butler (b. b 1528), married James Butler, 2nd Baron Dunboyne son of Edmund Butler, 1st Baron Dunboyne and Julia MacCarthy and had issue.


ID: I17190

Name: Piers Butler

Surname: Butler

Given Name: Piers

Sex: M

Birth: 1467

Death: 1539

_UID: F34214720090324996F4168A084EC3111AD8

Change Date: 1 Mar 2007 at 21:36:41

Father: James Butler b: 1437 in Callan,Kilkenny,Ireland

Mother: Sarah Sabine Kavanagh b: 1440 in Ireland

Marriage 1 Living Windsor


Thomas Butler b: ABT 1500 in Dedham,Essex,England

-------------------- Piers Ruadh -------------------- Biography from http://www.harrymclaughlin.com/Descent_From_King_Edward_I_.pdf

Piers Butler, Earl of Ormonde, ‘Red Piers’. Murderer. Born ca 1467. Chief Governor of Ireland. Earl of Ossory 1528. First Seneschal of the Liberty of Tipperary. Died 1539. Buried St. Canice, Kilkenny.

Pedigree from http://www.thepeerage.com/p3316.htm#i33154

Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde

M, #33154, d. 26 August 1539

Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde|d. 26 Aug 1539|p3316.htm#i33154|Sir James Butler|d. 16 Apr 1467|p3316.htm#i33158|Sabh Kavanagh||p3316.htm#i33159|Sir Edmund Butler|d. 13 Jun 1464|p3317.htm#i33161|Giles O'Carroll||p3317.htm#i33162|Donel R. M. Kavanagh, Lord of Ferns||p3316.htm#i33160||||

Last Edited=30 Apr 2008

    Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde was the son of Sir James Butler and Sabh Kavanagh. He married Lady Margaret FitzGerald, daughter of Gerald FitzGerald, 8th Earl of Kildare and Alison Eustace, circa 1485.1 He died on 26 August 1539.
    Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde gained the title of 1st Earl of Ossory. He gained the title of 8th Earl of Ormonde. He has an extensive biographical entry in the Dictionary of National Biography.2

Children of Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde

   * Margaret Butler+ 3
   * Ellice Butler+ 4

Children of Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde and Lady Margaret FitzGerald

   * Helen Butler+ d. 2 Jul 1597
   * James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormonde+ d. 28 Oct 1546
   * Richard Butler, 1st Viscount Mountgarret+
   * Margaret Butler+
   * Joan Butler+ 5
   * Eleanor Butler+ d. a 1550 6
   * Katherine Butler+ d. 17 Mar 1552/53 7


  1. [S1007] Dr. G. Harry McLaughlin, "re: McLaughlin Family," e-mail message from <e-mail address> (Glendale, California, U.S.A.) to Darryl Lundy, 25 January 2004 and 6 April 2004. Hereinafter cited as "re: McLaughlin Family".
  2. [S77] Leslie Stephen, editor, Dictionary of National Biography (London, U.K.: Smith, Elder & Company, 1908), volume III, page 524-25. Hereinafter cited as Dictionary of National Biography.
  3. [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 III, page 228. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  4. [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume IV, page 110.
  5. [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume I, page 396.
  6. [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 465.
  7. [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 3, page 4085. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
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Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormond's Timeline

Kilkenny County, Ireland
Age 17
of Ferns, Wexfd, Ire
Age 21
Age 25
Halstead, Eseex, England
Age 25
Age 27
Age 27
Balmagir, Wexford, Ireland
Age 35
Gowran, Killkenny, , Ireland
Age 36
Cork, Ireland
Age 40
Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland