Thomas Butler 6th Earl Of Ossory

Brief Life History of Thomas

When Thomas Butler 6th Earl Of Ossory was born on 8 July 1634, in Tipperary, County Tipperary, Ireland, his father, James Butler 1st Duke of Ormonde, was 23 and his mother, Elizabeth Preston, was 18. He had at least 3 sons and 4 daughters with Emilia Van Nassau-Beverweerd. He died on 30 July 1680, in London, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 46, and was buried in Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England, United Kingdom.

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Thomas Butler 6th Earl Of Ossory
Emilia Van Nassau-Beverweerd
Lady Amelia Butler
Elinor Butler
Henrietta Butler Countess Grantham
Anne Butler
James Butler
Lt Gen Charles Butler 2nd Earl of Arran
Thomas Butler

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  • London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812
  • Thomas Butler 6th Earl of Ossory, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Thomas Butler in entry for Elizabeth Butler, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

World Events (3)


Great Catholic-Gaelic rebellion for return of lands, later joined by Old English Catholics in Ireland. Under leadership of Irish chieftain, Rory O'More, conspiracy was formed to seize Dublin and expel the English. English settlers were driven out of Ulster. Catholics hold 59% of land in Ireland.


The Protestant Lord Protector of England, Oliver Cromwell, landed at Dublin. His troops killed 2,000 men. A great part of lands in Munster, Leinster and Ulster (Drogheda and Wexford) was confiscated and divided among the English soldiers.


Over 6,000 Irish boys and women sold as slaves since England gained control of Jamaica.

Name Meaning

English: from a word that originally denoted a wine steward, usually the chief servant of a medieval household, from Norman French butuiller (Old French bouteillier, Latin buticularius, from buticula ‘bottle’). In the large households of royalty and the most powerful nobility, the title came to denote an officer of high rank and responsibility, only nominally concerned with the supply of wine, if at all. As well as being widespread in England, this is also the surname of an important Irish family, descended from Theobald FitzWalter, who was appointed Chief Butler of Ireland by King Henry II in 1177. It is Gaelicized as de Buitléir.

English: occasionally perhaps an occupational name from Middle English boteler ‘maker of bottles (usually of leather)’, a derivative of Middle English botel, Old French bo(u)teille ‘bottle’ and synonymous with Botelmaker.

Americanized form of French Bouthillier (see Bouteiller ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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