Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond

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Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond
Born 1426
Kilkenny, Ireland
Died 3 August 1515
London, England
Buried Mercers' Chapel, St Thomas of Acre, London
Spouse(s) Anne Hankford
Lora Berkeley
Anne Butler
Margaret Butler
Elizabeth Butler
Father James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormond
Mother Joan de Beauchamp

Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond, P.C. (1426 – 3 August, 1515) was the youngest son of James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormond. He was attainted, but restored by Henry VII' s first Parliament in November 1485, and the statutes made at Westminster, by Edward IV, which declared him and his brothers traitors, were abrogated.


Arms of Butler, Earl of Ormond: Gules, three covered cups or[1]
Bench end in Monkleigh Church, Devon (parish church of Annery) showing the Ormonde knot and arms of Butler: Gules, three covered cups or,[2] both displayed on escutcheons within Gothic cusped lancet arches

Thomas Butler was the third son of James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormond, by his first wife, Joan de Beauchamp (d. 3 or 5 August 1430). He had two elder brothers, James Butler, 5th Earl of Ormond, and John Butler, 6th Earl of Ormond, as well as two sisters, Elizabeth Butler, who married John Talbot, 2nd Earl of Shrewsbury, and Anne Butler (d. 4 January 1435), who was contracted to marry Thomas FitzGerald, 7th Earl of Desmond, although the marriage appears not to have taken place. [3]


Thomas Butler, as an Irish peer, should only have sat in the Irish Parliament. However, as a personal friend of Henry VII he was summoned to the English Parliament in November 1488 as "Thomas Ormond de Rochford chevaler". At this time he was already 8th Earl of Carrick and 7th Earl of Ormond,[4] having succeeded his elder brothers James Butler, 5th Earl of Ormond and John Butler, 6th Earl of Ormond, neither of whom left legitimate issue.

He was afterwards sworn of the Privy Council of England.

He was known as The Wool Earl, due to his enormous wealth. Besides being in the possession of major lands in the Irish counties of Kilkenny and Tipperary, he owned 72 manors in England, making him one of the richest subjects in the realm.[5]

In 1509, he was appointed Lord Chamberlain to Catherine of Aragon.[6] He held this post until 1512.

Marriage and progeny[edit]

He married twice:

Death & succession[edit]

Ormond died on 3 August 1515 and was buried in the Mercers' Chapel of the Hospital of St Thomas of Acre in the City of London.[17] As he died without male progeny the barony supposedly created in 1488 fell into abeyance. The Earldom devolved to his heir male and distant cousin Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormond, 1st Earl of Ossory (1467-1539), the grandson of his first cousin Sir Edmund MacRichard Butler (1420-1464) of Polestown, County Kilkenny, Ireland, a grandson of James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond (c.1359-1405) of Gowran Castle in Ireland.

See also[edit]

Butler dynasty


  1. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.864
  2. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.864, Butler, Earl & Marquess of Ormonde
  3. ^ Richardson I 2011, pp. 380-3.
  4. ^ Henry VII By Stanley Bertram Chrimes, p. 138
  5. ^ Marie Louise Bruce, Anne Boleyn, p. 11
  6. ^ Antonia Fraser, The Wives of Henry VIII, pp. 59, 117
  7. ^ Risdon, Tristram (d.1640), Survey of Devon, 1811 edition, London, 1811, with 1810 Additions, p.64
  8. ^ Prince, John, (1643–1723) The Worthies of Devon, 1810 edition, p.462, biography of Sir William Hankford
  9. ^ Prince, p.462
  10. ^ Richardson I 2011, p. 384.
  11. ^ Richardson I 2011, p. 385.
  12. ^ Cokayne 1936, p. 338.
  13. ^ Horrox 2004.
  14. ^ Nicols 1891, p. 192.
  15. ^ Burke 1866, p. 55.
  16. ^ Richardson 2011, p. 385.
  17. ^ Richardson 2011, p. 383.


  1. Marie Louise Bruce, Anne Boleyn, p. 11
  2. Antonia Fraser, The Wives of Henry VIII, pp. 59, 117
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
John Butler
Earl of Ormond
Succeeded by
Piers Butler