Walter Butler, 16th Earl of Ormonde
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Walter Butler, 16th Earl of Ormonde and 9th Earl of Ossory (de jure; 10 June 1703 – 2 June 1783), succeeded his first cousin as de jure Earl of Ormonde but did not assume the honours.
- Thomas Butler, Viscount Thurles, eldest son of the 11th Earl who predeceased his father.
- James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, eldest son of Viscount Thurles.
- Thomas Butler, 6th Earl of Ossory, eldest son of the 1st Duke who predeceased his father.
- Richard Butler of Kilcash, the youngest son of Viscount Thurles, brother of the 1st Duke.
- Walter Butler of Garryricken, eldest son of Richard, great-grandson of the 11 Earl. Garryricken is a townland in the barony of Knocktopher, County Kilkenny.
- Colonel Thomas Butler of Garryricken, eldest son of Walter.
- John Butler, 15th Earl of Ormonde, son of Colonel Thomas, great-grand-nephew of the 1st Duke.
- John Butler of Garryricken, second son of Walter and brother of Colonel Thomas, grand-nephew of the 1st Duke.
- Walter Butler, 16th Earl of Ormonde, son of John, great-great-great-grandson of the 11th Earl and the first cousin of the 15th Earl.
Marriage and issue
He married Ellen (Eleanor) Morris, eldest daughter of Nicholas Morris of the Court, County Dublin, on 19 December 1732. They had a son and two daughters:
- John Butler, 17th Earl of Ormonde (1740–1795), married with Frances Susan Elizabeth Wandesford (also known as Anne). on 26 February 1769. She was the daughter and heiress of John Wandesford, 1st Earl of Wandesford the 5th Viscount Castlecomer (later created Earl of Wandesford). When the Earl of Wandesford died in 1784, his titles became extinct, but his estates devolved on John Butler, (in right of Lady Anne).
- the elder daughter married Cavanagh, of Borris, County Carlow,
- the younger daughter married another Cavanagh of the same family,
Following his inheritance of the estates, Walter decided to move into Kilkenny Castle which was in a very dilapidated state. His son, John, had married the heiress Anne Wandesford of Castlecomer, and Walter and John spent much of his inheritance on the castle. They re-routed the old approach road away from the castle, built a new road, and then landscaped and planted the Castle Park and the road much as it is today. They built the beautiful stables and courtyards across this road and finally Walter moved to his newly built dower house, Butler House beyond those stables. After his father's death, John Butler reclaimed the title of seventeenth Earl of Ormonde. This was confirmed in 1791. The Butlers rapidly re-established their position and prestige. They always had large areas of land in counties Kilkenny and Tipperary, and now were able to become the largest landowners in the south-east.
- The Peerage: Anne Wandesford.
- Lodge, John: The Peerage of Ireland or, A Genealogical History Of The Present Nobility Of That Kingdom, 1789, Vol IV, pg 65.
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