Richard Butler, 17th Viscount Mountgarret

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Richard Henry Piers Butler, 17th Viscount Mountgarret (8 November 1936 – 7 February 2004) was a British soldier.

Early life[edit]

Butler was born at Knaresborough, the son of Piers Butler, 16th Viscount Mountgarret and Eglantine Christie. He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst before joining the Irish Guards.


He was commissioned in the Irish Guards in 1957, retiring in the rank of captain in 1964. Two years later he succeeded his father in the viscountcy, which had been created in 1550. After retiring from the Irish Guards, he was president of Yorkshire Cricket Club between 1984 and 1990. He moved to the 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) estate in South Stainley, near Ripon, after selling his family home, Nidd Hall, in the mid-1960s.

He was understood to be the likely heir to the ancient Earldom of Ormonde (created 1328) as well as the 16th century Earldom of Ossory and the title of Chief Butler of Ireland (dormant since the death of the last Marquess of Ormonde), but had not proved his claim.

Marriages and children[edit]

Lord Mountgarret married, firstly, Gillian Margaret Buckley, daughter of Cyril Francis Stewart Buckley and Audrey Burmester, on 20 May 1960 and was divorced in 1970. The couple had two sons and one daughter:

  • Piers James Richard Butler, 18th Viscount Mountgarret (born 15 April 1961), married, firstly, Laura Brown Gary Williams (daughter of Albert Dickins Williams, Jr., of Lake Forest, Ill., U.S.A.), in 1995 and divorced in 2000. He married, secondly, Fenella M. Fawcus (daughter of Mr and Mrs David Fawcus) on 30 December 2006.
  • Hon. Edmund Henry Richard Butler (born 1 September 1962), married Adella I. Lloyd (only daughter of M. Lloyd, of New York, U.S.A.), in 1988 and was divorced in 1989.
  • Hon. Henrietta Elizabeth Alexandra Butler (born 1964), married in 1991, Robert Cluer, only son of Henry Cluer.

Mountgarret married, secondly, Jennifer Susan Wills, a member of the Wills tobacco family, daughter of Capt D.M. Wills on 29 April 1970. He and Jennifer were divorced in 1983. He married, thirdly, Angela Ruth Porter, eldest daughter of Major Thomas Porter, on 25 May 1983.

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Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Piers Henry Augustine Butler
Viscount Mountgarret
Succeeded by
Piers James Richard Butler