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Emilia van Nassau, Countess of Ossory

Also Known As: "Emilia van Nassau", "Countess of Ossory"
Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: The Hague, Holland, Netherlands
Death: December 1688 (53)
Place of Burial: Westminster, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lodewijk 'Bastaard' van Nassau-Beverweerd and Elisabeth, gravin van Horne
Wife of Vice-Admiral Thomas Butler, 6th Earl of Ossory
Mother of Elizabeth Stanley; Sir James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde; Charles Butler, 1st Earl of Arran and Henrietta Butler
Sister of Isabella van Nassau-Beverweert; Willem Adriaan van Nassau-Ouderkerk, heer van Odijk; Wilhelmina Anna Elizabeth van Nassau; Hendrik van Nassau-Ouwerkerk, heer van Ouwerkerk en Woudenberg; Maurits Lodewijk van Nassau-Lalecq and 1 other

Occupation: Countess of Ossary, Lady-in-waiting to the Queen Catherine of Braganza wife of Charles II
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About Emilia van Nassau, Countess of Ossory


Emilia Butler, Countess of Ossory

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Emilia van Nassau-Beverweerd, Countess of Ossory (bapt. 4 March 1635, The Hague - buried 12 December 1688, London) was a Dutch-Anglo courtier.

Emilia was born in Holland, the daughter of Lodewijk van Nassau, Lord of Beverweerd, the Governor of 's-Hertogenbosch, and his wife Isabella, Countess of Hornes.

Her elder sister Elisabeth van Nassau-Beverweerd (1631 - 1717) became the wife of the prominent Stuart politician, Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington.

Her brother was the famous Dutch Field Marshal Hendrik Van Nassau-Ouwerkerk.

Emilia was married (14 Nov 1659) to Thomas Butler, viscount Thurles (1633 - 1680), the eldest son and heir of the Irish peer James Butler, first Duke of Ormonde (1612 - 1688), and accompanied him to England, where she was naturalized by Act of Parliament(1660). Lord Thurles became earl of Ossory several years later when his father achieved the dukedom (1662).

The countess was presented to Catharine of Braganza, the wife of Charles II, upon her arrival in London, and was appointed lady-in-waiting to the queen at Hampton Court Palace. She attended the queen at Greenwich Palace when she met her mother-in-law, Queen Henrietta Maria, for the first time (Aug, 1662). During the outbreak of the plague (1665) the countess accompanied the queen and her household to the safety of Hampton Court, and later to Oxford. She accompanied the king and queen to Dover to farewell the Duchesse d'Orleans on her final visit (June, 1670). During the plots directed against the Queen and other prominent Catholic figures, the countess and other of the queen's ladies came under the suspicion if being secret papists (1678).

Lady Ossory served Queen Catharine for over twenty years, retiring from service after the death of Charles II (1685). A famous beauty, her portrait was painted by Wissing. She was buried in Westminster Abbey in London (Dec 12, 1688).

Her children included

James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde (1665 - 1745) who succeeded his grandfather,

Charles Butler, third Duke of Ormonde (1671 - 1758), who succeeded his brother,

Lady Elizabeth Butler (1660 - 1717), who married William Richard George Stanley, 9th Earl of Derby. Their daughter Lady Anne Butler (1663 - 1723) became the third wife of John Vaughan, 3rd Earl of Carbery (1640 - 1713).


G.E. Cockayne, The Complete Peerage (1910 - 1959)(Ormonde).

Charles Butler, 1st Earl of Arran

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lieutenant-General Charles Butler, 1st Earl of Arran, de jure 3rd Duke of Ormonde (4 September 1671 – 17 December 1758) was an Irish peer, younger son of the 6th Earl of Ossory and the former Emelia van Nassau. His paternal grandfather was the 1st Duke of Ormonde, and his elder brother the 2nd Duke of Ormonde.

James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde

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James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde KG, KT (29 April 1665 – 16 November 1745), was an Irish statesman and soldier, son of Thomas Butler, Earl of Ossory and his wife Emilia von Nassau, Countess of Ossory, and grandson of James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, was born in Dublin and was educated in France and afterwards at Christ Church, Oxford.

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Emilia van Nassau, Countess of Ossory's Timeline

March 4, 1635
The Hague, Holland, Netherlands
Age 24
April 29, 1665
Age 30
Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland
September 4, 1671
Age 36
December 12, 1688
Age 53
Westminster, England
December 1688
Age 53