Pierce Somerset Butler

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Pierce Somerset Butler (26 January 1801 – 28 July 1865) was an Irish politician in the United Kingdom House of Commons.

He was the son of Hon. Pierce Butler and Anne March. He married Jessy Anne Bryan on 3 February 1835 at St George's of Hanover Sq.[1] They had two daughters.

He attended Trinity College Dublin.[2] Later he was elected to the United Kingdom House of Commons as Member of Parliament for County Kilkenny in 1843, and held the seat until 1852. For the first three years he served in this position with his father. Like his father he was not in favour of the Act of Union and discussed the repeal of this Act.[3]

Butler was also Chairman of the Waterford and Kilkenny Railway Company.[4] In 1854 he was involved in the Case of Pierce Somerset Butler v Viscount Mountgarret. "Verdict for plaintiff who thus came into a peerage, defendant being proved illegitimate"[5][6]


  1. ^ Thomas Campbell, Samuel Carter Hall, Edward Bulwer Lytton Baron Lytton, Thomas Hood, Theodore Edward Hook, William Harrison Ainsworth. The New Monthly Magazine, Volume 43. Henry Colburn, 1835. 
  2. ^ Stephen Brown; Warren McDougall. The Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland, Volume 2: Enlightenment and Expansion 1707-1800. Edinburgh University Press, 30 Nov 2011 - Literary Criticism - 688 pages. 
  3. ^ Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons and Command, Volume 51. H.M. Stationery Office, 1843 - Great Britain. 
  4. ^ "The King's Co. Chronicle Vol. 1 No. 3 Wednesday, Oct 6th, 1845". Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Victorian Trials – 1850-1859". Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Pierce Somerset Butler, Pierce Somerset Butler (hon.). "In the Exchequer, Dublin. Pierce Somerset Butler against ... Henry Edmund viscount Mountgarrett. Short-hand writers' notes of proceedings at the trial". Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Bryan
Pierce Butler
Member of Parliament for County Kilkenny
1843 – 1852
With: Pierce Butler 1843–1846
Richard Smithwicke 1846–1847
John Greene 1847–1852
Succeeded by
John Greene
William Shee