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Richard Preston

Death: Died
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Son of Richard Preston and Helen Couttes
Husband of Elizabeth Preston
Father of Lady Elizabeth Butler

Occupation: 1st Earl of Desmond
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Richard Preston, 1st Earl of Desmond

Richard Preston, 1st Earl of Desmond (d. 28 Oct. 1628),[1] already titled Lord Dingwall, a Scottish court favorite of King James VI of Scotland, was created Earl of Desmond, in Munster, in southwestern Ireland, by King James under his character of King James I of England and Ireland.

This was the third creation of the title; in its first creation, the Earldom of Desmond had been held the by the Hiberno-Norman FitzGerald dynasty. After the failure of the Second Desmond Rebellion against Queen Elizabeth I of England, the Geraldine earldom was forfeit to the Crown in 1582 and all its heirs attainted. The title was created for the second time for James Fitzgerald – a pathetic creature of the Crown who died penniless and without issue. After Richard Preston's death, this creation became extinct in its turn. A fourth creation of the title passed to the family of the Earls of Denbigh.

Alfred Webb tells us of this creation of the earldom of Desmond that:

  • Thomas, 10th Earl of Ormond, in right of his mother, Joan FitzGerald, daughter of the 11th Earl of Desmond, claimed the Earldom after the death and attainder of all the heirs male. When his daughter was married to James I.'s Scotch favourite, Sir Richard Preston, the title was conferred on him. When the only child of the latter, a daughter, was about to be married to the son of the Earl of Denbigh, the title was passed to the intended bridegroom. The marriage never took place; yet the title was retained [by] the Earls of Denbigh.[2]



Richard Preston, 1st Earl of Desmond, died on 28 October 1628.3



  1. Elizabeth Butler, daughter of Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormonde and Hon. Elizabeth Sheffield, after December 1613.2

Child of Richard Preston, 1st Earl of Desmond and Elizabeth Butler

  1. Elizabeth Preston, Baroness Dingwall+ b. 25 Jul 1615, d. 21 Jul 1684


Richard Preston, 1st Earl of Desmond gained the title of Lord Dingwall.1 He was created 1st Earl of Desmond [Ireland] on 24 July 1619.1



  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 453. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  2. [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 452.
  3. [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 487.


  • Elizabeth BUTLER
  • Died: 10 Oct 1628
  • Father: Thomas Dubh BUTLER (10° E. Ormonde)
  • Mother: Elizabeth SHEFFIELD (C. Ormonde)
  • Married 1: Theobald BUTLER (1° V. Tulleophelim)
  • Married 2: Richard PRESTON (1° B. Dingwall) 1614
  • Children:
    • 1. Elizabeth PRESTON (B. Dingwall) (b. 25 Jul 1615) (m. James Butler, 1° D. Ormonde)
  • From: BUTLER1


  • Theobald Butler, 1st Viscount Butler of Tulleophelim (died December 1613), was an Irish peer.
  • Butler was the son of Sir Edmund Butler by the Honourable Eleanor Eustace, daughter of Rowland Eustace, 2nd Viscount Baltinglass. James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormonde, was his grandfather, and Sir Thomas Butler, 1st Baronet, of Cloughgrenan, his younger brother. He was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Viscount Butler of Tulleophelim, in the County of Carlow. In 1605 he was appointed Governor of County Carlow.[1]
  • Lord Butler of Tulleophelim married his cousin Lady Elizabeth Butler, daughter of Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormonde, in 1603. There were no children from the marriage. He died in December 1613, when the viscountcy became extinct. The Viscountess Butler of Tulleophelim married as her second husband Richard Preston, 1st Earl of Desmond. She died in October 1628.[1]
  • From:,_1st_Viscount_Butler_of_Tulleophelim


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Richard Preston, 1st Earl of Desmond's Timeline

July 25, 1615
Luxborough, Somerset, England, UK
October 28, 1628