|Birth: ||Apr. 3, 1332|
County Meath, Ireland
|Death: ||Mar. 24, 1390|
Elizabeth Darcy, Countess of Ormond, was the wife of James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormond, and the mother of his six children, including James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond.
Elizabeth Darcy was born on April 3, 1332 at Platten, County Meath, Ireland, the daughter of Sir John Darcy, 1st Baron Darcy of Knaith, Justiciar of Ireland, and his second wife Joan de Burgh.
Elizabeth had a brother Sir William Darcy, who married Catherine FitzGerald, by whom he had issue. She also had numerous half-siblings from her parents' previous marriages.
Elizabeth's paternal grandparents were Roger Darcy and Isabel d'Aton. Her maternal grandparents were Richard de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster and Margaret de Burgh, daughter of Sir John de Burgh and Hawise of Lanvaley.
One of her maternal aunts was Elizabeth de Burgh, the second wife of Robert the Bruce.
On May 15, 1346 in Ormond, Ireland, when Elizabeth was fourteen, she married her first husband James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormond, the son of James Butler, 1st Earl of Ormond and Lady Eleanor de Bohun. He was Lord Justice of Ireland in 1359, 1364, and 1376. He was also Constable of Dublin Castle in 1349. He was known as the Noble Earl, however, the Irish called him The Chaste.
Elizabeth and James had six children:
Eleanor Butler (died 1392), married Gerald FitzMaurice FitzGerald, 3rd Earl of Desmond, by whom she had issue, including the 4th and 6th Earls of Desmond.
James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond (died 6 September 1405), before 17 June 1386, married firstly, Anne Welles, Countess of Ormond, daughter of John Welles, 4th Lord Welles and Maud de Ros, by whom he had issue, including James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormond. He married secondly, Katherine FitzGerald of Desmond, by whom he had further issue. In 1391, he purchased Kilkenny Castle.
Catherine Butler (born 1361), married firstly, Thomas Reade, by whom she had one son, Richard, and secondly, Thomas Fleming of Slane.
Joan Butler, married Tiege O' Carroll
James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormond, died on 18 October 1382 in Knocktopher and was buried in Gowran Church, Co. Kilkenny.
Elizabeth married secondly, Sir Robert de Hereford, Seneschal of the Liberty of Tipperary, between 28 December 1383 and 30 March 1384
Elizabeth Darcy died on 24 March 1390. She was not quite fifty-eight years old.
John Darcy (1284 - 1347)
Joan Burgh Fitz Gerald (1296 - 1359)
James Butler (1331 - 1382)
James Butler (1359 - 1405)*
Maurice FitzGerald (____ - 1390)**
John Darcy (1317 - 1356)**
Richard FitzGerald (1317 - 1329)**
Elizabeth Darcy (1332 - 1390)
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Record added: Dec 28, 2012
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