Name: Piers BUTLER , 8th Earl of Ormond 1 2
Birth: ABT 1467 in Callan, Kilkenny, Ireland
Death: 26 AUG 1539 in Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny, Ireland
Burial: St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny, Ireland
BUTLER FAMILY HISTORY
[The 7th Earl of Ormond, known as "The Earl of Wool" had two daughters, one of whom married Thomas Boleyn and became mother of Anne Boleyn, wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. When he died the Earldom was passed to a cousin, although much of the land & wealth went to his 2 daughters and their husbands.]
The earldom of Ormond then passed to his heir male, "Red Piers", great grandson of Sir Richard Butler of Knocktopher.....
Piers and his wife, Margaret FitzGerald, daughter of the 8th Earl of Kildare, were a determined couple. In the early years of their marriage they were reduced to penury by Sir James Ormond, the ambitious agent, and bastard nephew, of the absentee Earl of Wool. Such was their plight, according to Stanihurst, that they were forced to lurk in the woods where "the noble woman, being great with child and upon necessity constrained to use a spare diet (for her only substance was milk) she longed sore for wine and calling her lord and a trusty servant of his, James White, unto her, she requested them both to help her to some wine...."Truly, Margaret", quoth Sir Pierce, "Thou shalt have store of wine within this four and twenty hours, or else thou shalt feed alone on milk for me". The next day following Pierce, having intelligence that his enemy, the base Butler, would have travelled from Donmore to Kilkenny, notwithstanding he were accompanied with six horsemen, yet Pierce having none but his lackey, did forestal him in the way, and with a courageous charge gored the bastard through with his spear".
Piers himself then became Ormond's agent and presumably Margaret got her wine. But it required all his pertinacity to get himself recognised as the true heir to the earldom. The existence of two elder brothers would have been an insuperable stumbling block, had not both of them been born before their parents had received the necessary papal dispensation for marriage. Then there was the Boleyn bombshell. In 1529 Henry created Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Ormond, after making Red Piers, who had been governor of Ireland, Earl of Ossory. But ten years later, after the Boleyns had fallen from favour, Piers emerged from the interlude with two Earldoms and died the next year in 1539. He was the first of the earls of Ormond to be buried in St Canice's Cathedral. He and his formidable Countess, "a ladie of such port that all estates of the realm crouch unto her", are recorded as having founded Kilkenny College "out of which schoole have sprouted such proper ympes" and as having "planted great civility in the countyes of Tipperary and Kilkenny and, to give a good example to the people of that country, brought out of Flanders and other countryes, Artificers who...made Diaper, Tapistry Turkey-Carpetts, cushions and other like works."
Red Piers was succeeded in his earldoms of Ormond and Ossory by his 35-year-old eldest son, James the Lame. [Butler Family History]
Father: James BUTLER , Sir b: ABT 1437 in Callan, Kilkenny, Ireland
Mother: Sarah KAVANAGH b: ABT 1440 in Ireland
Margaret FITZGERALD b: ABT 1480 in Castletown, Kildrought, Kildare, Ireland
- Thomas BUTLER , of Dedham b: 1498 in Callan, Kilkenny, Ireland
- Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
- Title: Butler Family History, 7th Edition 1991, by Lord Dunboyne, Kilkenny Castle Book Shop