Richard Butler of Kilcash
Richard Butler of Kilcash (1615 – 1701) was the second son of Thomas Butler, Viscount Thurles and the grandson of Walter Butler of Kilcash who inherited the earldom of Ormond from his uncle. While his father resided at Thurles Castle, Thurles, County Tipperary, Richard occupied the family estate of Kilcash Castle, at the foot of Slievenamon in County Tipperary. His brother James would later be created as Duke of Ormonde. Like his father, he was a prominent Catholic.
He had a confirmation (by virtue of the commission of grace) 24 June 1639, of the lands of Kilcash, Garryricken, and many others in the counties of Tipperary and Kilkenny; with a limitation thereof to his heirs male; remainder to the respective heirs male of Walter Earl of Ormond. In 1641 he sided with the Irish Confederates and was made Governor of County Waterford. In January he was commissioned to take the city of Waterford but they were prevented by the mayor and council. He reduced Cappoquin and other places.
He married the Lady Frances Touchet, youngest daughter of Mervin, Earl of Castlehaven and had issue:
- Walter Butler of Garryricken married Lady Mary Plunket, only daughter of Christopher Plunkett, 2nd Earl of Fingall. He died the year before his father, leaving three sons and four daughters. Walter's heir was Colonel Thomas Butler of Garryricken and his grandson would become the 15th Earl of Ormonde.
- John Butler (Colonel), (died March 1714), the second son, married Catharine, daughter of James Aylmer, of Cragbryen, County Clare. She was the widow of Sir Nicholas Plunket.
- Lucia Butler (died 7 April 1685), who married Sir Laurence Esmond, of Clonegall, County Carlow.
- Mary Butler (died 28 March 1737), who married to Christopher, Lord Delvin.
- Frances Butler, who married Sir Patrick Barnewall, 3rd Baronet M.P., knt, of Crickstown Castle.
- Burke, John, A general and heraldic dictionary of the peerage and baronetage of the British Empire, Vol 1, pg 474.
- Lodge, John: The Peerage of Ireland or, A Genealogical History Of The Present Nobility Of That Kingdom, 1789, Vol IV, pg 41.
- Burke, John, A general and heraldic dictionary of the peerage and baronetage of the British Empire, Vol 1, pg 80.