Sir Richard Butler of Polestown

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Sir Richard Butler (1395 – 1443) of Polestown,[1] County Kilkenny, was the second son of James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond, and Anne Welles. His older brother James inherited the earldom. Following the extinction of the senior family line, his great-grandson, Piers Butler, became the 8th Earl of Ormond.

Richard was born at Kilkenny Castle and was named in honour of the visiting King Richard II, who had joined his cousin, James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond, to campaign against the Irish.

Marriage and Children[edit]

Richard lived at Polestown Castle and went against the Statutes of Kilkenny by marrying Catherine (1395-1420), the daughter of an Irish nobleman, Gildas O’Reilly, Lord of East Breifne.[2] By his wife he had several children, the eldest of whom adopted the Gaelic title of The MacRichard of Ossory.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Note: in the records, Polestown is often spelled as "Poolestown". Today, it is spelled as Paulstown - a village in mid County Kilkenny.
  2. ^ Lodge, John The Peerage of Ireland or, A Genealogical History Of The Present Nobility Of That Kingdom, 1789, Vol IV, pg17.
  • Ormond, Duke of, Life 1610-'88: Thomas A. Carte, M.A. 6 vols. Oxford, 1851