James Butler

James Butler (abt. 1393 - 1452)

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Sir James "4th Earl of Ormond, The White Earl," Butler
Born about in Fruglasse,Kilkenny, Irelandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 28 Aug 1413 in Kings Stanley, Lasboro, Gloucestershire, Englandmap
Husband of — married 18 Jul 1432 in Irelandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Ardee, Lowth, Dublin, Irelandmap
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James Butler[1], 4th Earl of Ormond[2]was born 23 May 1393[3]

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James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormond


Joan de Beauchamp

Elizabeth FitzGerald


James Butler, 5th Earl of Ormond John Butler, 6th Earl of Ormond Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond Elizabeth Butler Anne Butler

Father James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond Mother Anne Welles

Born 28 May 1393 Fruglasse, Kilkenny, Ireland[4][5]

Died 22 or 23 August 1452 Ardee, Louth

Buried St. Mary's Abbey, Dublin

James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormond (23 May 1393 - 22 or 23 August 1452) was the son of James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond. He was called 'The White Earl' and esteemed for his learning. He was the patron of the Irish literary work, 'The Book of the White Earl'. His political career was marked by his bitter feud with the Talbot family.

Contents 1 Family 2 Career 2.1 The Butler-Talbot feud 2.2 Later years 3 Marriage and issue 4 See also 5 Notes 6 References

Family James Butler, born 28 May 1393 at Fruglasse, was the second but eldest surviving son of James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond, and Anne Welles, daughter of John de Welles, 4th Baron Welles by Maude de Ros, daughter of William de Ros, 2nd Baron de Ros of Helmsley.[1]


Ireland in 1450 showing the Earldom of Ormond. He prevailed upon Henry V to create a King of Arms in Ireland, by the title of Ireland King of Arms (altered by Edward VI to Ulster King of Arms), and he gave lands forever to the Heralds’ College, London. He was appointed Lord Deputy of Ireland in 1405, and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1420, 1425, and 1442. He appointed James FitzGerald, 6th Earl of Desmond as Seneschal of Imokilly in 1420.

The Butler-Talbot feud His term as Lord Lieutenant was marked by a bitter feud with the Talbot family, headed by John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury and his brother Richard, Archbishop of Dublin. The dispute reached its height in 1442 when Archbishop Talbot, supposedly acting on behalf of the Irish Parliament, presented the Privy Council with a long list of grievances against Ormonde, who was accused of being old and feeble (in fact he was only fifty, not a great age even in the fifteenth century), and of having lost most of his Irish estates through negligence; there were vague references to treason and "other crimes which could not be named".[2] The Council summoned Ormonde to account for his actions: he defended himself vigorously, and made detailed counter-charges against the Archbishop. The Council took no action against him but rebuked both sides of the dispute severely for disrupting the good governance of Ireland. Friendly relations between the two families were finally established by the marriage of Ormonde's daughter Elizabeth to Shrewsbury's son and heir John.[3]

Later years Ormonde remained an influential figure, although his last years were troubled by quarrels with the Earl of Desmond, with Giles Thorndon, the Treasurer of Ireland, and with Richard Wogan, the Lord Chancellor of Ireland. Wogan in particular complained of Ormonde's "heavy lordship" and asked to be allow to deputise his duties.[4]

In 1440 he had a grant of the temporalities of the See of Cashel for ten years after the death of the Archbishop of Cashel, Richard O'Hedian. He built the castles of Nenagh, Roscrea and Templemore in north County Tipperary and Tulleophelim (or Tullowphelim) in County Carlow. He gave the manor and advowson of Hickcote in Buckinghamshire to the Hospital of St Thomas of Acre in London, which was confirmed by the Parliament of England (in the third year of Henry VI) at the suit of his son.[5]

Since his father-in-law had no surviving son, Ormond, in right of his second wife, claimed possession of the Earldom of Kildare, and for some years was able to keep the legitimate heirs out of their inheritance.

He died at Ardee on 23 August 1452 on his return from an expedition against Connor O'Mulrian, and was buried in St. Mary's Abbey near Dublin.

Marriage and issue

He married firstly, in 1413, Joan Beauchamp (d. 3 or 5 August 1430), the daughter of William Beauchamp, 1st Baron Bergavenny and Joan Arundel, by whom he had three sons and two daughters:[6]

James Butler, 5th Earl of Ormond, who died without legitimate issue.
John Butler, 6th Earl of Ormond, who died without legitimate issue.
Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond.
Elizabeth Butler, who married John Talbot, 2nd Earl of Shrewsbury.
Anne Butler, who died unmarried.

He married secondly, by licence dated 18 July 1432, Elizabeth FitzGerald (c.1398 - 6 August 1452), widow of John Grey, Baron Grey of Codnor (d. 14 September 1430), and daughter of Gerald FitzGerald, 5th Earl of Kildare, by whom he had no issue.


  1. Entered by Janice Hardin, Dec 15, 2011
  2. see also Peerage bio
  3. sources for this information is needed
  4. our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors p369
  5. Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: A study in Colonial and Medieval Families in unknown series (1001 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21202: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2004). pg 178

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There is no place in Kilkenny, or anywhere in Ireland, called Fruglasse. It looks like this was copied from myheritage.
posted by Michael Stafford

James is 22 degrees from Danielle Liard, 16 degrees from Jack London and 5 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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