Sir Richard Butler, 5th Baronet

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Sir Richard Butler, 5th Baronet (1699 – 25 November 1771)[1] was an Irish politician and baronet.

He was the eldest son of James Butler, second son of Sir Thomas Butler, 3rd Baronet, and his wife Frances Abney, daughter of Sir Edward Abney.[2] Butler represented Carlow County in the Irish House of Commons from 1730 to 1761.[3] In 1732, he succeeded his uncle Pierce as baronet.[1]

In 1728, he married Henrietta Percy, daughter of Henry Percy.[2] They had four sons and six daughters.[4] Butler died in 1771 and was succeeded by his eldest son Thomas.[4] His third son Pierce Butler was an American soldier, a US Founding Father and Signor of the Constitution, then South Carolina's inaugural senator in the United States Senate.[5] His great-grandson, hereditary and absentee plantation owner Pierce Mease Butler, authorized The Great Slave Auction of 1859 to pay gambling debts.



  1. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment - Baronetage". Retrieved 27 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "ThePeerage - Sir Richard Butler, 5th Bt". Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Irish House of Commons 1692-1800". Retrieved 27 March 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. I (4th ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. p. 189. 
  5. ^ McGee, Thomas Darcy (1831). A History of the Irish Settlers in North America (2nd ed.). Boston: American Celt Office. p. 32. 
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Jeffrey Paul
Robert Burton
Member of Parliament for Carlow County
With: Robert Burton
Succeeded by
Benjamin Burton
Thomas Butler
Baronetage of Ireland
Preceded by
Pierce Butler
(of Cloughgrenan)
Succeeded by
Thomas Butler