James "The Lame" Butler, 9th Earl of Ormond

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James Butler

Also Known As: "The Lame"
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
Death: October 28, 1546 (45-54)
London, Middlesex, England ((apparently accidental) incident of mass poisoning along with 17 members of his household)
Place of Burial: St. Thomas Acon Chapel, London, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormond and Margaret FitzGerald, Countess Ormonde
Husband of Joan Fitzgerald, Duchess of Ormond
Partner of NN NN, mistress
Father of Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond; Walter Butler, of Nodstown; James Butler, Jr., of Duisk; John Butler of Kilcash; Pierce Butler and 1 other
Brother of Katherine Butler, Countess of Desmond; Hon. Ellice Butler; Lady Joan Butler (Butler); Richard Butler, 1st Viscount Mountgarret; Thomas Butler, of Ormond and 4 others
Half brother of Archbishop Edmund Butler

Occupation: 9th Earl of Ormond
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About James "The Lame" Butler, 9th Earl of Ormond

James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormonde and 2nd Earl of Ossory was born before 1515 and died on 28 October 1546. He was the son of Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde and Lady Margaret FitzGerald. He was created, in 1535, Viscount Thurles, and was confirmed by Act of Parliament, 6 November 1541, in the Earldom of Ormonde, as 9th Earl with the pre-eminence of the origlnal Earls. He married with Lady Joan FitzGerald, daughter and heiress of 11th Earl of Desmond, and had issue.

   * Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormonde (b. a 1531-1614), He married, firstly, with Hon. Elizabeth Sheffield, daughter of John Sheffield, 2nd Baron Sheffield, without issue. Married, secondly, Elizabeth Berkeley, daughter of Thomas Berkeley, 6th Lord Berkeley and Anne Savage, had issue. Married, thirdly, Hon. Helena Barry, daughter of David Barry, 5th Viscount Barry, without issue.
   * Sir Edmund Butler (d. 1602), married with Hon. Eleanor Eustace, daughter of 2nd Viscount Baltinglass, and had issue.
   * John Butler (b. b 1546-1570), married with Katherine MacCartie, daughter of Cormac MacCartie, the MacCartie Reagh and had issue.

James BUTLER (9° E. Ormonde)

Born: ABT 1496

Acceded: 1539

Died: 28 Oct 1546, London, England

Buried: St. Thomas of Acon, London

Notes: Called "The Lame". Viscount Thurles, E. Ossory. Brought up at the Court of Henry VIII who had a high regard for him and created him Viscount Thurles in the lifetime of his father. The King's policy was to equalise as far as possible the influence of the rival houses of Butler and FitzGerald. For 14 years James was Lord High Treasurer of Ireland, and he was given no less than seven religious establishments on the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Then, 17 Oct 1546 at the age of 42, he went with his servants to be entertained to supper at Ely House in Holborn and he and they were mortally poisoned. His steward and 16 of his servants reportedly died of the same. The confusion caused by his Will gave rise to the founding of the Irish Public Record Office.

Father: Piers BUTLER (8° E. Ormonde)

Mother: Margaret FITZGERALD (C. Ormonde)

Married: Joan FITZGERALD (C. Ormonde/C. Desmond) BEF 21 Dec 1532


1. Thomas Dubh BUTLER (10° E. Ormonde)

2. Edmund BUTLER of Cloghgrenan

3. James BUTLER of Duisk

4. John BUTLER of Kilcash

5. Walter BUTLER of Nodstown

6. Edward BUTLER of Ballinahinch

7. Piers BUTLER of Grantstown


9th Earl of Ormonde, alledgedly died of poisoning.


Some Butler Family Titles pp.94-98


James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormond and 2nd Earl of Ossory (1496 – 28 October 1546), nicknamed The Lame, was the son of Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormond and Margaret Fitzgerald, Countess of Ormond

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James "The Lame" Butler, 9th Earl of Ormond's Timeline

Cork, Ireland
Tipperary, Ireland
Cloughgrenan, Carlow, Ireland
County Tipperary, Ireland
October 28, 1546
Age 50
London, Middlesex, England
Age 50
St. Thomas Acon Chapel, London, England