Edmund BUTLER James 2nd Earl Of Ormonde BUTLER Petronilla BUTLER Eleanor Lady DE BOHUN Joan FITZTHOMAS Mini tree diagram

James 1st Earl Of Ormonde BUTLER4,5,3

also known as James BUTLER2

13042,3 - 6th Jan 13384

Chief Butler to Edward I

Life History


Born in Castle Arklow, Wicklow, Leinster, Ireland.1

(most likely)

about 1305


(less likely)

17th Oct 1326

Married Eleanor Lady DE BOHUN in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England.9,1,3

4th Oct 1331

Birth of son James 2nd Earl Of Ormonde BUTLER in Castle Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Leinster, Ireland.1,6


Birth of daughter Petronilla BUTLER in Ormonde, Kerry (Kintyre), Ireland.7,8

6th Jan 1338

Died in Gowran, Kilkenny, Leinster, Ireland.2,3

(most likely)

about 1340


(less likely)


  • This line of Butlers are associated with Ireland.  There were Butlers from the same Norman lineage in England and Scotland.  The Butlers in my genealogy, related to the McSwains in Arkansas, descend from the Scottish Butlers.  The name was spelled in medieval items in various ways: Botiler and Bottiler were two common forms.

    The Irish Butlers were allied and intermarried with the DeBurgh family, who also have some mixed associations with the Scottish royal family.  The Anglo (Norman)-Irish Earl of Ulster, Richard De Burgh, 2nd Earl, who had deposed Brian  O'Neil, the native Irish King of Ulster.  Elizabeth DeBurgh, daughter of Richard De Burgh, was married to Robert the Bruce (De Bruis), though the Bruce was a valiant opponent of Edward I ("Longshanks") Plantagenet, Norman King of England.

    Robert Bruce's diplomatic opposition to Longshanks burst in to an outright war for independence when he became King Robert I of Scotland from 1304 (till his death in 1329).  This pitted him politically against his father-in-law, a loyal partisan of his benefactor King Edward Longshanks.  Meanwhile his brother Edward De Bruce became King of Ireland at the request of anti-Norman Irish lords opposed to the Norman oppression of Edward I in the early 1300s.


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