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Elizabeth Butler (Sheffield)

Birthdate: (50)
Death: November 1600 (18-50)
Place of Burial: Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Sheffield, 2nd Lord of Sheffield and Douglas Sheffield
Wife of Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond
Mother of Thomas Butler, High Sheriff of County Tipperary; James Butler, Viscount Thurles and Elizabeth Preston
Sister of Edmund Sheffield, 1st Earl of Mulgrave
Half sister of Robert Dudley, styled Earl of Warwick

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  • Hon. Elizabeth Sheffield1
  • F, #38586, d. circa 1601
  • Last Edited=11 Jun 2006
  • Hon. Elizabeth Sheffield was the daughter of John Sheffield, 2nd Baron Sheffield.1 She married Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormonde, son of James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormonde and Lady Joan FitzGerald. She died circa 1601. She was buried on 2 April 1601 at St. Canice Cathedral, St. Canice.
  • Her married name became Butler.
  • Children of Hon. Elizabeth Sheffield and Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormonde
    • 1.Thomas Butler d. 12 Jan 1606
    • 2.Elizabeth Butler+1 d. 10 Oct 1628
    • 3.James Butler, Viscount Thurles b. 1584
  • Citations
  • 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 II, page 452. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p3859.htm#i38586


  • Elizabeth SHEFFIELD (C. Ormonde)
  • Died: Nov 1600
  • Buried: 21 Apr 1601, St. Canice, Kilkenny
  • Father: John SHEFFIELD (2° B. Sheffield of Butterwick)
  • Mother: Douglas HOWARD (B. Sheffield of Butterwick)
  • Married: Thomas Dubh BUTLER (10° E. Ormonde) 9 Nov 1582, London, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Elizabeth BUTLER
    • 2. James BUTLER (1° V. Thurles)
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/SHEFFIELD.htm#Elizabeth SHEFFIELD (C. Ormonde)


  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 08
  • Butler, Thomas (1532-1614) by Sidney Lee
  • BUTLER, THOMAS, tenth Earl of Ormonde (1532–1614), born in 1532, was son and heir of James Butler, ninth earl, who died of poison at Ely House, London, 28 Oct. 1546. His mother was Lady Joan Fitzgerald, heiress of James, eleventh earl of Desmond. His grandfather was Sir Pierce Butler, eighth earl of Ormonde [q. v.]. Thomas, who was called, from his dark complexion, the ‘Black Earl,’ succeeded his father in the earldom and estates at the age of .... etc.
  • Ormonde was thrice married: first, to Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas, tenth lord Berkeley, by whom he had no issue; secondly, to Elizabeth, daughter of John, ninth lord Sheffield, by whom he had two sons, James and Thomas, and a daughter Elizabeth; and thirdly, to Helen, daughter of David, viscount Buttevant. His sons both died before him, and his title descended to Walter, son of his brother John of Kilcash. In 1597 Ormonde conveyed some rich church lands (originally granted by the crown to his brother James, and reverting to him on the death of James's only son without issue) to an illegitimate son, Piers FitzThomas (b 1576). This son married Katherine, eldest daughter of Thomas, lord Stone, and was the father of Sir Edward Butler, created Viscount Galmoy 16 May 1646.
  • A sonnet in Ormonde's praise is prefixed by Spenser to the ‘Faerie Queene’ (1590).
  • [Bagwell's History of Ireland under the Tudors, vols. i. and ii.; Froude's Hist. of England, vols. vii. and x.; Burke's Peerage; Chamberlain's Letters, temp. Elizabeth (Camden Soc.); Camden's Annals; Cal. State Papers (Irish), 1560–1614; Carew MSS.; Cal. State Papers (Dom.), 1600–1614.]
  • From: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Butler,_Thomas_(1532-1614)_(DNB00)
  • https://archive.org/stream/dictionaryofnati08stepuoft#page/79/mode/1up to https://archive.org/stream/dictionaryofnati08stepuoft#page/81/mode/1up


  • John Sheffield, 2nd Baron Sheffield, of Butterwick (c. 1538 – 10 December 1568) was the first son of Edmund Sheffield, 1st Baron Sheffield and Lady Anne de Vere.
  • He married Douglas Howard, daughter of William Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Effingham and Margaret Gamage. They had two children:
    • 1.Elizabeth Sheffield (died November, 1600) married Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormonde
    • 2.Edmund Sheffield, 1st Earl of Mulgrave (7 December 1565 – 6 October 1665) married (1) Ursulla Tyrwhitt (2) Mariana Irwin
  • References
    • Sheffield family Accessed February 18, 2008
  • From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Sheffield,_2nd_Baron_Sheffield_of_Butterwick


  • Sir Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormonde, 3rd Earl of Ossory, Viscount Thurles, Knight of the Garter (Gaeilic; Tomás Dubh de Buitléir, Iarla Urmhamhan)(c. 1531 – 22 November 1614), was an Irish peer and the son of James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormond and Lady Joan Fitzgerald daughter and heiress-general of James FitzGerald, 10th Earl of Desmond. He was Lord Treasurer of Ireland and a very prominent personage during the latter part of the 16th century.
  • He built the Tudor Manor House extension to Ormonde Castle on his estates in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary. Much of his life was taken up with a fierce feud with his hereditary foe, Gerald FitzGerald, 15th Earl of Desmond, son of James FitzGerald, 14th Earl of Desmond. The two sides fought a pitched battle in 1565, the Battle of Affane. Butler's victory, not only in the field but also in the handling the political fallout, helped to spark the Desmond Rebellions. This struggle (1569–73 and 1579–83) desolated Munster for many years. Ormond was a Protestant and threw his great influence on the side of Queen Elizabeth I and her ministers in their efforts to crush the rebels, although he was motivated as much by factional rivalry with the Desmond dynasty as by religion.
  • Ormond and Queen Elizabeth met in London as children; Thomas the "son of an Irish Earl" and Elizabeth the "illegitimate daughter of Henry" shared a common ground as neither was well treated by the other young nobles in court. They were cousins, related through her mother, Anne Boleyn, a daughter of the Ormond dynasty in Ireland. Elizabeth called him her ‘black husband’. In 1588 the Queen bestowed on Ormond what a poet described as 'áirdchéim Ridireacht Gáirtéir, / ainm nár ghnáth é ar Éirionnach' (‘the high honour of Knighthood of the Garter, a title unusual for an Irishman’).
  • Ormond built a Tudor style castle (Carrick on Suir) along the river Suir, which he decorated lavishly and even had red brick chimneys built on, which, at the time, were very expensive. All of this was for one reason; to provide Elizabeth with a suitable palace at which to stay when she traveled to Ireland. Elizabeth planned twice to visit the Castle in Ireland, once in 1602, but she fell sick, and once in 1603, but she died soon before the visit was scheduled to take place. One does know, however, that Elizabeth appreciated Thomas's gift, and was, as she was with all of her cousins through her mother, very fond of him. Thomas lived eleven years after Elizabeth died.
  • He first married Elizabeth Berkeley, daughter of Thomas Berkeley, 6th Baron Berkeley and Anne Savage. They separated in 1564 without issue.
  • He then married Elizabeth Sheffield on 9 November 1582 at London. She was the daughter of John Sheffield, 2nd Baron Sheffield and Douglas, daughter of William Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Effingham. They had three children:
    • James Butler, (b. 4 September 1583, died 1589)
    • Elizabeth Butler (before 1593- 1628), married, firstly, her first cousin Theobald Butler, Viscount Butler of Tulleophelim, son of Sir Edmund Butler of Cloughgrenan and Hon. Eleanor Eustace, without issue. Her father Thomas, had executed her husband's two elder brothers for treason in 1596. She married, secondly, Richard Preston, Baron Dingwall, and had one daughter, Elizabeth Preston.
    • Thomas Butler (before 1601- 1606)
  • In 1601 he married Helena Barry, daughter of David Fitz-James de Barry, 5th Viscount Buttevant, without issue.
  • The Earl also had an illegitimate son, Piers FitzThomas Butler of Duisk who married Catherine Fleming, by whom he had a son, Edward Butler, 1st Viscount Galmoye.
  • As the Earl died without legally recognised male issue, the Earldom reverted in the male line, to the junior branch of the family through his brother John Butler of Kilcash.
  • From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Butler,_10th_Earl_of_Ormond


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September 4, 1583
Age 33
Age 34
Age 43
Abt. 1593
November 1600
Age 50
Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland