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Sir James Butler
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Birth: 1305
Arklow
County Wicklow, Ireland
Death: Jan. 6, 1338
Gowran
County Kilkenny, Ireland

James Butler, 1st Earl of Ormond. Knight of the Garter, Knight of Knocktopher, Kilkeney, Nenah and Thurles, Tipperary, Aylesbury, Grewt Lindford and Rotherfield Peppard, Buckinghamshire. Of Sopley, Hampshire, of LaVacherie and Shere, Surrey, of Weeton, Lancashire. Hereditary Chief Butler of Ireland, Lieutenant of Ireland.

Son and heir of Sir Edmund Butler, Earl of Carrick, Justiciar of Ireland and Joan FitzThomas.

First husband of Eleanor de Bohun, 2nd surviving daughter of Humphrey de Bohun and Elizabeth of England. They had two sons and one daughter: John, James, Pernel.

He was only three when he served as a hostage for his father, held in Dublin Castle in 1317. His father's will was dated 1321, and death the same year, listed James, who would be the 7th Chief Butler of Ireland, from long line of ancestors named FitzWalter, adopting the surname of Butler. He received protection (permission) to cross to Ireland in 1326. In 1327, Eleanor was offered to James with an arrangement of the castle and manor of Kilpeck, Herefordshire for life.

King Edward III created him the first Earl of Ormond by patent, bearing date 2 November 1328 at Salisbury with the creation fee of 10 a year. At the same time, the king created Roger Mortimer as the 1st Earl of March.

In 1336 he founded the friary of Carrick-Begg for Franciscan Friars. On 3 June of that year, he gave the friars his castle and estate of Carrick, of which they took possession on Sunday the feast of SS. Peter and Paul.

James died 06 Jan 1338 and was buried at Gowran. His widow would remarry to Sir Thomas de Dagworth. 
 
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 Parents:
  Edmund Butler (1271 - 1321)
 
 Spouse:
  Eleanor de Bohun (1304 - 1363)*
 
 Children:
  James Butler (1331 - 1382)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Gowran Church Cemetery
Gowran
County Kilkenny, Ireland
 
Maintained by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Originally Created by: Jerry Ferren
Record added: May 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52009847
Sir James Butler
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