James Butler, 5th Marquess of Ormonde

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James George Anson Butler, 5th Marquess of Ormonde (18 April 1890 – 21 June 1949) was the son of James Arthur Wellington Foley Butler, 4th Marquess of Ormonde and American heiress Ellen Stager, daughter of Union General Anson Stager.


Upon the death of his Uncle, James Butler, 3rd Marquess of Ormonde, Lord Ossory (as he was known after his uncle's death) inherited the family seat of Kilkenny Castle and several other estates traditionally owned by the Marquess of Ormonde. This was made in an attempt to avoid burdening the Estate with death duties for both the 3rd and 4th Marquesses. His father, the 4th Marquess, was supported by the independent wealth of his American wife, Ellen Stager.

The last member of the family to live there, Lord Ossory (as he was known as the time) and his family left Kilkenny Castle in 1935 and resided in London. The contents of the castle were sold in 1935 and the castle left neglected.[1]

Marriage and Children[edit]

He married Hon. Sybil Inna Mildred Fellowes, daughter of William Henry Fellowes, 2nd Baron de Ramsey and Lady Rosamond Fellowes, Baroness de Ramsey, on 23 February 1915. They had two children:[2]

  • James Anthony Butler, Viscount Thurles (1916–1940)
  • Lady Moyra Rosamond Butler (1920–1959)

Lady Ormonde's mother, Lady Rosamond Spencer-Churchill was the daughter of John Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough, and the sister of George Spencer-Churchill, 8th Duke of Marlborough (who was married to the most famous of the American 'Dollar Princesses', Consuelo Vanderbilt) and Lord Randolph Churchill, father of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Lady Ormonde was therefore the first cousin of Winston Churchill.[3] Butler fought and was wounded in the Great war. His only son predeceased him so he was succeeded by his brother James Butler, 6th Marquess of Ormonde

Titles and Styles[edit]

  • 18 April 1890 - 26 October 1919: Mr James George Anson Butler
  • 26 October 1919 - 4 July 1943: The Earl of Ossory
  • 4 July 1943 - 21 June 1949: The Most Honourable Marquess of Ormonde


  1. ^ "Lords of the Castle". Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "The peerage". Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "The peerage for Lady Sybil". Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Arthur Butler
Marquess of Ormonde
Succeeded by
James Arthur Butler