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Alianore Butler, Countess of Desmond

Also Known As: "Ellen le Botiller", "Eleanor Butler"
Birthplace: Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland
Death: 1392
Place of Burial: Sligo, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormond and Elizabeth Hereford, Countess of Ormond
Wife of Gerald fitz Maurice, 3rd Earl Desmond
Mother of John FitzGerald, 4th Earl of Desmond; Joan FitzGerald; Catherine Butler; Robert Fitzgerald, Sir Knight de Adair; Ellice FitzGerald and 3 others
Sister of James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond; Ralph Butler; Thomas Butler, Justice of Cork; Maurice Butler and Jean Butler
Half sister of unknown de Stonore

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About Alianore Butler, Countess of Desmond

Alianore le Botiller She was born (fn1) and died in 1392. She was also known as Elinor Butler and as Eleanor Butler. From after 20 July 1359, her married name became FitzGerald.[1]

Parents: daughter of James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormonde and Elizabeth Darcy, Countess of Ormonde. (fn1) [2] Married:

  1. after 20 July 1359 to Gerald fitz Maurice Fitzgerald, 3rd Earl of Desmond, son of Maurice fitz Thomas, 1st Earl of Desmond and Aveline fitz Nicholas. (fn2)

Children of Alianore le Botiller and Gerald fitz Maurice, 3rd Earl of Desmond include:

  1. John FitzGerald, 4th Earl of Desmond d. 4 Mar 1399/0; drowned. He married Mary Burke. (fn2).
  2. Ellice FitzGerald, married John Barry, Lord Barry, son of David Barry Lord Barry & his wife --- (-[1420]). (fn2).
  3. James FitzGerald (-Mocollop [1462/63], bur Youghall). He succeeded his nephew in 1420 as Earl of Desmond. (fn2).
  4. Catherine Fitzgerald (Countess Ormonde)
  5. Sir Robert de Fitzgerald de Adair b. 1366, Limerick, County Antrim, Ireland; d. Galloway, Scotland. He married Arabella Campbell.
  6. James FitzGerald, 6th Earl of Desmond d. 1462/63
  7. Maurice Fitzgerald


  1. James Butler (c 1305-1338), 1st Earl of Ormond, married in 1327 to Lady Eleanor de Bohun, (1304-1363), daughter of Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford by his spouse Princess Elizabeth of Rhuddlan, the eight daughter of King Edward I of England and Eleanor of Castile. They had two daughters and two sons [4]. Alianore Butler (died 1392), married after 20 July 1359, Gerald FitzGerald, Earl of Desmond, son of Maurice FitzThomas, Earl of Desmond and Aveline FitzMorice, and had issue. (Wikipedia)
  2. GERALD [Garrett] FitzMorice (-1398). He succeeded his half-brother in 1358 as Earl of Desmond. m (after 20 Jul 1359) ALIANORE Butler, daughter of JAMES Butler 1st Earl of Ormond & his wife Eleanor de Bohun (-1392). Gerald & his wife had three children: a) JOHN FitzGerald (-drowned 1400). He succeeded his father in 1398 as Earl of Desmond m MARY, daughter of MAC-WILLIAM Burk & his wife ---. b) ELLICE FitzGerald m JOHN Barry Lord Barry, son of DAVID Barry Lord Barry & his wife --- (-[1420]). c) JAMES FitzGerald (-Mocollop [1462/63], bur Youghall). He succeeded his nephew in 1420 as Earl of Desmond. (Medlands)


Of interest

  1. Wikipedia: Nenagh, Sligo, Ireland An important Franciscan friary was founded in the town in 1252 in the reign of Henry III of England which became the head of the Irish custody of West Ireland and was one of the richest religious houses in Ireland.[8] The Abbey was in use for six hundred years; Fr. Patrick Harty, who died in 1817, was its last inhabitant.
  2. Wikipedia: Kilkenny Castle, Butlers of Ormond The Castle became the seat to a very powerful family, the Butlers of Ormonde or Butler family. They were a remarkable family, resilient, politically astute and faithful to the crown and to Ireland. These loyalties determined their fortunes and career. The Butler family arrived in Ireland with the Norman invasion, and originally settled in Gowran. They changed their name from FitzWalter in 1185 to Butler. The family had become wealthy, and James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormonde, bought the castle in 1391 and established himself as ruler of the area. The Butler dynasty then ruled the surrounding area for centuries.
  3. Dominicans: Kilkenny - History The Dominicans settled in Kilkenny (their third Irish foundation) in 1225. In popular usage, the complex of church and priory came to be known as the Black Abbey, because it was there the Blackfriars lived (Dominicans are also known as Blackfriars fromthe black ‘cappa’ or mantle they wear on occasion over their white habits). Little now remains of the early church save the lower part of an ancient tower (predating the church), the old nave and its aisle, and the 13th century Norman tombstones uncovered nearby. The glory of the Black Abbey lies in its windows: five (of which one was removed before 1791) in the east wall, each having three lights, and the magnificent five-light window, the largest of its kind in the country, which practically fills the gable wall. These windows, which in technical terms belong to the curvilinear phase of the Decorated style, have been classed as the last major work done in Ireland during the first half of the 14th century. The terrible plague known as the Black Death, which carried away perhaps a third of the population of Europe, had devastating effect on the Dominican community. Eight of them died in a three-month period in 1349.


  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 IV, page 246. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  2. [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume IV, page 244.
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Alianore Butler, Countess of Desmond's Timeline

July 20, 1359
Limerick, Limerick City, Limerick, Ireland
Kilkenny Castle, Kildare, Leinster, Ireland
Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland
July 20, 1380
Adare, County Limerick, Ireland