Brinsley Butler, 2nd Earl of Lanesborough

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Brinsley Butler, 2nd Earl of Lanesborough, PC (Ire) (4 March 1728 – 24 January 1779), styled The Honourable until 1756 and Lord Newtown-Butler from 1756 to 1768, was an Irish politician and peer. He succeeded his father as 2nd Earl of Lanesborough in 1768.

From 1751 until 1768, he was a Member of Parliament (MP), or 'Knight of the Shire', for Cavan County in the Irish House of Commons, and was High Sheriff of Westmeath in 1763.

He was also a freemason and was Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ireland from 1753–56 and elected Grand Master in 1757, a post he held until the following year.[1]



  1. ^ Waite, Arthur Edward (2007). A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry. vol. I. Cosimo, Inc. p. 400. ISBN 1-60206-641-8. 
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Charles Coote I
John Maxwell
Member of Parliament for Cavan County
With: John Maxwell 1751–1756
Hon. Barry Maxwell 1756–1761
Charles Coote II 1761–1766
William Stewart 1766–1768
Succeeded by
Hon. Barry Maxwell
George Montgomery
Masonic offices
Preceded by
Hon. Thomas George Southwell
Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Ireland
Succeeded by
The Earl of Drogheda
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Humphrey Butler
Earl of Lanesborough
Succeeded by
Robert Butler

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