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James Butler 9th Earl of Ormonde [14701]
(Abt 1496-1546)
Joan FitzGerald Countess Ormonde/Countess Desmond [18461]
(Abt 1509-1564)
Cormac 'the MacCarthy Reagh' MacCarthy [45977]
John of Kilcash Butler [14819]
Catherine MacCarthy [45976]
Walter Butler 11th Earl of Ormonde [14818]


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Helen Butler Countess. Ormonde [14817]

Walter Butler 11th Earl of Ormonde [14818] 24

  • Born: 1569
  • Marriage: Helen Butler Countess. Ormonde [14817]
  • Died: 24 Feb 1631/32, Carrick at age 63
  • Buried: 18 Jun 1632, St. Canice, Kilkenny, Ireland

bullet  General Notes:

Succeeded his uncle Black Tom <> as Earl of Ormond; Member of Parliament for Tipperary. Consistently a devout Catholic, he was known as Walter of the Beads. His heritage brought his a surfeit of sorrow. His claim to the family estates was thwarted by James I. The failure of Henry VIII <>'s policy of a balance of power between the Butlers and Geraldines had been made all too apparent by the Battle of Affane. James sought a different solution. He engineered the marriage of Black Tom <>'s daughter/heiress, Elizabeth Butler, with one of his own Scottish favorites, Richard Preston, made him Earl of Desmond, awarded her, instead of Walter, most of the Ormond estates, deprived Walter of his ancient palatine rights and clapped him into prison for 8 years on his refusal to submit. Neither was Walter without disappointment as a father. His son Thomas, Viscount Thurles, married the dau. of Sir John Poyntz of Gloucestershire against Walter's wish and then was drowned in the Skerries at the beginning of Walter's long imprisonment in the Fleet. Eventually in 1633, Walter was released, died at Carrick, and was buried in St Canice's. James, a son of the marriage of which he had disapproved, would revive the fortunes of his family.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Acceded: Earl of Ormonde, 22 Nov 1614. Earl of Ormonde 1614-1632


Walter married Helen Butler Countess. Ormonde [14817] [MRIN: 7095], daughter of Edmund Butler 2nd Viscount Mountgarret [13785] and Grizel (Grany) FitzPatrick [13786]. (Helen Butler Countess. Ormonde [14817] died on 28 Jan 1631/32 and was buried on 27 Mar 1632 in St. Canice, Kilkenny, Ireland.)

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