Walter Butler, 16th Earl of Ormonde

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Walter Butler, 16th Earl of Ormonde and 9th Earl of Ossory (de jure; 10 June 1703 – 2 June 1783), succeeded his first cousin as de jure Earl of Ormonde but did not assume the honours.


  • John Butler of Garryricken, second son of Walter and brother of Colonel Thomas, grand-nephew of the 1st Duke.
  • Walter Butler, 16th Earl of Ormonde, son of John, great-great-great-grandson of the 11th Earl and the first cousin of the 15th Earl.

Marriage and issue[edit]

He married Ellen (Eleanor) Morris, eldest daughter of Nicholas Morris of the Court, County Dublin, on 19 December 1732. They had a son and three daughters:


Following his inheritance of the estates, Walter decided to move into Kilkenny Castle which was in a very dilapidated state. His son, John, had married the heiress Anne Wandesford of Castlecomer, and Walter and John spent much of his inheritance on the castle. They re-routed the old approach road away from the castle, built a new road, and then landscaped and planted the Castle Park and the road much as it is today. They built the beautiful stables and courtyards across this road and finally Walter moved to his newly built dower house, Butler House beyond those stables. After his father's death, John Butler reclaimed the title of seventeenth Earl of Ormonde. This was confirmed in 1791. The Butlers rapidly re-established their position and prestige. They always had large areas of land in counties Kilkenny and Tipperary, and now were able to become the largest landowners in the south-east.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Peerage: Anne Wandesford.
  2. ^ Lodge, John: The Peerage of Ireland or, A Genealogical History Of The Present Nobility Of That Kingdom, 1789, Vol IV, pg 65.
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Preceded by
John Butler
Earl of Ormonde Succeeded by
John Butler