James Butler, 3rd Marquess of Ormonde

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The Most Honourable
The Marquess of Ormonde
James EWT Butler, Vanity Fair, 1878-10-12.jpg
Caricature by Spy in Vanity Fair 1878.
Lord-Lieutenant of County Kilkenny
In office
Monarch Queen Victoria
Personal details
Born (1844-10-05)5 October 1844
Died (1919-10-26)26 October 1919
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Lady Elizabeth Harriet Grosvenor

James Edward William Theobald Butler, 3rd Marquess of Ormonde, KP, PC (I) (5 October 1844 – 26 October 1919), styled Earl of Ossory until 1854, was an Irish nobleman.


He was the son of John Butler, 2nd Marquess of Ormonde and Frances Jane Paget. His father held the title "Earl of Ossory" as one of his subsidiary titles, which made James Butler the Earl of Ossory by courtesy until his father died in 1854.

He was the last marquess of Ormonde to live at Kilkenny Castle. He and his wife entertained Edward VII and Queen Alexandra at the castle in 1904.[1][2][3]


A Colonel in the Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles and Commodore of the Royal Yacht Squadron, he was Vice-Admiral of Leinster and a member of the Privy Council of Ireland. He was awarded the Order of the Crown of Prussia (first class). He was invested as a Knight, Order of St Patrick(K.P.) in 1868. He held the office of Lord-Lieutenant of County Kilkenny between 1878 and 1919.[4]

He was the first patron of Dublin Swimming Club, Ireland's first swimming club, founded in 1881. He held that role until his death in 1919.[5]

Marriage and Children[edit]

He married Lady Elizabeth Harriet Grosvenor, daughter of Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster, widely regarded to be the richest peer in England in the second half of the 19th century, on 2 February 1876. They had two daughters:[6]

The title was passed to his brother James Butler, 4th Marquess of Ormonde as a result of his lack of sons. Elizabeth, Lady Ormonde, was granted an annuity of £3,000 per year under his will. She had also inherited £35,000 upon the death of her father in 1899.


  1. ^ "British royalty visit Kilkenny". Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Peerage". Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Lords of the Castle". Archived from the original on 20 July 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Mosley, Charles, editor (2003). Burke's Peerage. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. 
  5. ^ Dublin Swimming Club website, dublinswimmingclub.ie; accessed 19 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 11 February 2016. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
William Tighe
Lord Lieutenant of Kilkenny
Succeeded by
The Earl of Desart
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
John Butler
Marquess of Ormonde
Succeeded by
James Arthur Butler