Walter Butler, 1st Marquess of Ormonde

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Walter Butler, 1st Marquess of Ormonde KP (5 February 1770 – 10 August 1820) was an Irish peer and politician. Partly to sustain his extravagant lifestyle, Walter gave up his hereditary right to the grant of the prisage of the wines of Ireland for an enormous sum of money. The right had been made to the 4th Chief Butler of Ireland by Edward I of England. Between 1789 and 1796, he sat for Kilkenny County in the Irish House of Commons.

He served as Governor and Custos Rotulorum of County Kilkenny and was a Privy Counsellor in Ireland. He was also Colonel of the Kilkenny Militia.[1]


He was the son of John Butler, 17th Earl of Ormonde and Frances Susan Elizabeth Wandesford. He married Anna Maria Catherine Clarke, daughter of Joseph Hart Pryce Clarke, on 17 March 1805. As they had no children, the Marquessate became extinct; the Earldom of Ormonde, however, devolved upon his brother James Wandesford Butler, who subsequently became first Marquess of Ormonde of the second creation, and was made Baron Butler of Llanthony in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.[2]


  1. ^ Cave, Edward. The Gentleman's Magazine, and Historical Chronicle, for the Year 1820. p. 182. 
  2. ^ Walter Butler, 1st and last Marquess of Ormonde //
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
William Brabazon Ponsonby
Hon. Henry Welbore Agar
Member of Parliament for Kilkenny County
1789 – 1796
With: William Brabazon Ponsonby
Succeeded by
William Brabazon Ponsonby
Hon. John Wandesford Butler
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Marquess of Ormonde
Preceded by
John Butler
Earl of Ormonde
Succeeded by
James Butler