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James (Butler) Boteler (abt. 1305 - abt. 1338)

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Sir James "Ist Earl of Ormond" Boteler formerly Butler aka le Botiller
Born about in Arklow, Wicklow, Irelandmap [uncertain]
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Husband of — married 1327 (to 1338) in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Gowran, Kilkenny, Irelandmap [uncertain]
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James (Butler) Boteler was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.



James le Boteler (or Botiller or Butler) was born around 1305 the son and heir of Edmund Le Boteler and Joan, daughter of John FitzThomas (FitzGerald), 1st Earl of Kildare.[1][2]

He may have come of age on 18 Mar 1325/1326 as there was an Order of 28 Feb, 1 Edw I [1326/1327] to deliver to James le Botiller, son and heir of Edmund le Botiller of Ireland, the issues of his father’s lands from 02 Dec, 19 Edw II [1325] when the king took his homage for his father’s lands. However, the issues from 02 Dec, 19 Edw II until 18 March following were to be detained from him as he had entered the lands in Ireland by pretext [suggesting that James had not achieved his majority by 02 Dec 1325 but had done so by 18 Mar 1325/1326.][3]

On 15 Oct 1327 a pardon was granted to Thomas le Botiller of 200 l. for arrears of the farms of lands in Ireland .. as well of the inheritance of James le Botiller, lately a minor.[4]

James married in 1327 or 1328 Eleanor de Bohun, daughter of Humphrey de Bohun, Knt., Earl of Hereford and Essex, by Elizabeth, daughter of Edward I of England.[1][5] 21 Nov 1328: "Pardon and acquittance to James le Botiller, earl of Ormound, the king’s kinsman, who married Eleanor de Bohoun, the king’s kinswoman, with his consent, of the arrears of the fine of 2,000 marks, made by him with the late king for the marriage".[6]

They had two sons, John, and James, Knt. [2nd Earl of Ormond], and one daughter, Pernel (or Perina).[7] NB Graves (1877) only recognized one son: James, 2nd earl of Ormond.[8]

Richardson[9] stated that Sir James Le Boteler, 1st Earl of Ormond, died on 6 January 1337/8 and was buried at Gowran (the chief seat of the family before the purchase of Kilkenny Castle), while Verity[7] stated that he died on 16 Feb 1337/1338.[10][11]


Following his father's death in 1321, the only hereditary title James succeeded to was that of Chief Butler of Ireland. He was the 7th Chief Butler, inheriting the title from his ancestor Theobald Fitzwalter, or Theobald Butler, whose descendants adopted the surname Butler. The hereditary office of butler of Ireland was one of particular fealty to the English Crown, whereby Theobald and his successors were to attend the Kings of England at their coronation.[12] [Theobald Walter was the 1st Chief Butler of Ireland, and was also The Chief Butler of England which was an office of Grand Sergeanty associated with the feudal Manor of Kenninghall in Norfolk. The office requires service to be provided to the Monarch at the Coronation, in this case the service of Pincera Regis, or Chief Butler at the Coronation banquet. Wikipedia : Chief Butler of England].

Although his father had been granted the lands of the earldom of Carrick, it appears that his father was not formally granted the title of Earl of Carrick. There is no evidence that James used the title Earl of Carrick.[13]

James was created the Earl of Ormond on 2 Nov. 1328.[14][15]

Inquisition Post Mortem

The Inquisition of James le Botiller, Earl of Ormond, followed Writs of 18 February and 20 March, 12 Edward III. [1337/1338] "James his son, aged 7 years on the feast of All Saints, 11 Edward III, is his next heir." The Inquisition also referred to his wife Eleanor[16].


There is a monument to James Ist Earl of Ormonde and his wife in the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Gowran, County Kilkenny: "Two uninscribed effigial monuments in low relief, attired in the costume of the fourteenth century, occupy early English niches in the north side aisle. Male figure occupies western niche, and both face towards the east".[17]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Complete Peerage. Vol X Oakham to Richmond. 1945, Ormond p.116-118.
  2. Wrottesley G (1905) Pedigrees from the Plea Rolls Collected from the Pleadings in the Various Courts of Law, A.D. 1200 to 1500, from the Original Rolls in the Public Record Office. p.137-138, 226. [1]
  3. Calendar of the Close Rolls, Preserved in the Public Record Office. Edward III. AD 1327-1330. HMSO, 1896, p.70 [2].
  4. Calendar of the Patent Rolls. Edward III. Vol. V. AD 1327-1330. HMSO, 1891, p.185 [3].
  5. Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham, 2nd edition (Salt Lake City: the author, 2011), volume I pp. 377-378, BUTLER 6
  6. Calendar of the Patent Rolls. Edward III. Vol. V. AD 1327-1330. HMSO, 1891, p340. [4]
  7. 7.0 7.1 Verity B (2016) Descendants to the Third Generation of Eleanor, Countess of Ormond (c.1310-1363). Foundations (2016) 8: p.75-89.
  8. Graves, J. (1877). A Roll of the Proceedings of the King's Council in Ireland for a Portion of the Year of the Reign of Richard II 1392-93, pp. IX-X. London: H.M. Stationery Office. Google Books.
  9. Richardson D (2011) Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p450-451.
  10. The annals of Ireland. Irish Archaeological Society. 1849. p.28. [5]
  11. Calendar of Ormond Deeds. Curtis E (Editor), Vol III. 1935. p.343. [6]
  12. Wikipedia : James Butler, 1st Earl of Ormond
  13. The Complete Peerage. Vol II. Bass to Canning. 1912, Appendix B: The Earldom of Carrick.
  14. Royal Ancestry, 2013, II:47
  15. Calendar of the Charter Rolls Vol. IV. 1-14 Edward III. AD 1327-1341. HMSO, 1912, p.94 [7].
  16. Inquisition Post Mortem of James Le Botiller, Earl of Ormond. J. E. E. S. Sharp, E. G. Atkinson and J. J. O'Reilly, 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Edward III, File 55', in Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem: Volume 8, Edward III (London, 1913), pp. 117-127. British History Online [accessed 19 August 2019]. Item 184.
  17. Rev A V Hogg (1910) The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Gowran, County Kilkenny, and Its Monuments. Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Vol. 40, p.340-341, 344.
  • "Grant by James le Botiller, earl of Ormond, to James Clyng, clerk, of the manors of Balygaveran and Cnoktofre, with the advowsons of the churches belonging thereto, etc, Witnesses:- John de Blaunchevyll, knight, Matthew son of Olyver, knight, and others (named): [Ireland.] Dated: 7 April, 10 Edward III." Ref no. C 146/2945 (date: 1336-7). National Archives UK.
  • Lewis, M. (2014, March 9). "Sir James Butler, 1st Earl Ormond, Lt. & Chief Butler of Ireland," citing: Richardson; Weis; Faris. ORTNCA. Web.
  • Richardson, D. (2013). Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, I:424, II: 47-8. Kimball G. Everingham, Ed. Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Wikipedia: James Butler, 1st Earl of Ormond
  • H.E. Malden (editor) (1911). A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3. Institute of Historical Research

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On 15 Apr 2018 at 05:39 GMT Bree Ogle wrote:

I'm going to tidy this up since it's looking too crazy. To pull data from the old version before clean-up, go into changes. I'm only going to hit delete one time... so the data is easy to grab (see Changes v. 09:55, 22 January 2018).[1]

On 2 Nov 2017 at 17:30 GMT William Collins wrote:

The family history that follows "This is through" is not accurate if one follows Richardson's Royal Ancestry, and should be removed in its entirety.

On 1 May 2015 at 18:46 GMT Bob Fields wrote:

Bohun-62 and Butler-1160 are not ready to be merged because: Different parents, different names. More research required. See for example

On 1 May 2015 at 13:12 GMT Katherine (Alvis) Patterson wrote:

Bohun-62 and Butler-1160 do not represent the same person because: No reason at all to merge these profiles. Different men entirely.

On 1 May 2015 at 10:02 GMT RJ Horace wrote:

Bohun-62 and Butler-1160 appear to represent the same person because: Bohun-62 is described as Earl of Ormond, so he's the son-in-law converted to a son. (There was no son James).

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