A few years ago Brian and I visited Ireland, having no idea that either of us had any ancestors there. I wish I'd known then what I know now.
There's a good bit of Irish on both sides of my family with my mother's side going on back to Scotland. In fact, that side of the family has a rich history that is closely connected to Scotland's history.
But ... on my dad's side there is a rich history in Ireland. I knew I liked Ireland. Below is a discription of my Irish roots. Just wish I would have known so we could have visited Killkenny Castle, pictured above, the home of my Irish ancestors.Sir Theobald I Fitzwalter 1st Baron Butler of Ireland Walter (1165 - 1206)
relationship to you: 24th great grandfather
Theobald II, 2nd Baron Butler, Chief Butler of Ireland Le Boteler (1200 - 1230)
Son of Sir Theobald I Fitzwalter 1st Baron Butler of Ireland
Theobald III Le Boteler / Butler / Botiller (1223 - 1285)
Son of Theobald II, 2nd Baron Butler, Chief Butler of Ireland
Theobald, 4th Butler of Ireland, of Boteler (1242 - 1285)
Son of Theobald III
Edmund, Earl of Carrick, Justicar of Ireland, Butler (1282 - 1321)
Son of Theobald, 4th Butler of Ireland, of
1st Earl of Ormond James Butler (1305 - 1338)
Son of Edmund, Earl of Carrick, Justicar of Ireland,
James (2nd Earl of Ormond) Butler (1331 - 1382)
Son of 1st Earl of Ormond James
Joan Butler (1360 - 1383)
Daughter of James (2nd Earl of Ormond)
Maolruanaidh OCarroll (1225 - 1443)
Son of Joan
William Ely OCarroll (1325 - )
Son of Maolruanaidh
Roderic OCarroll I (1308 - )
Son of William Ely
Daniel OCarroll (1467 - 1567)
Son of Roderic
Roderic Carroll (1487 - 1587)
Son of Daniel
Donough Carroll (1510 - )
Son of Roderic
Donogh Fitzjohn Carrol (1555 - )
Son of Donough
Daniel Tiege Carroll (1580 - 1610)
Son of Donogh Fitzjohn
Charles Carroll (1599 - 1665)
Son of Daniel Tiege
Bridget Carroll (1631 - )
Daughter of Charles
Thomas Nowland (1648 - 1728)
Son of Bridget
Daniel Nowland (1695 - )
Son of Thomas
Augastine Nowland (1727 - )
Son of Daniel
John Nolan (1753 - 1819)
Son of Augastine
Nancy Nolan (1820 - 1865)
Daughter of John
China Owens (1849 - 1901)
Daughter of Nancy
William Linzy Dyson (1884 - 1973)
Son of China
Charles Clifford Dyson (1934 - )
Son of William Linzy
Amber Lynn Dyson (1961 - )
Daughter of Charles Clifford
On a funny note, Sir Theobald I Fitzwalter 1st Baron Butler of Ireland Walter was married to Maude Baroness Butler Vavasour, who later married Fulk FitzWarin. Fulk was the person that the legend of Robin Hood was based on and Maude was the person Maid Marion was based on. Maude is in my linage and, you guessed it, Fulk is in Brian's. I'm thinking we should dress as Robin Hood and Maid Marion next Halloween. :0)
The Butler dynasty refers to the several branches of the Butler family that has its origins in the Cambro-Norman family that participated in the Norman invasion of Ireland in the 12th century. Variant spellings include le Boteler and le Botiller. The surname has its origins in the hereditary office of butler of Ireland. The family originates with Theobald Walter, 1st Baron Butler.
Butlers of Ormond
This is the senior branch of the family and later produced, Earls, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormond. Since 1391, the family was based in their stronghold of Kilkenny Castle. From this position, they were able to control the surrounding Gaelic kingdoms of Ormond, Éile, Ikerrin and part of Osraige. The last Butler quit the castle and Ireland permanently in 1935.
The family held the titles of Chief Butler of Ireland and Baron Butler. Prior to the creation of the Earldom of Ormond, the 1st earl's father had been created the first Earl of Carrick. However, this title did not pass to James Butler. After a gap of 7 years following his father's death, James was rewarded with an earldom in his own right - Ormond. Subsidiary titles for the earl in the Peerage of Ireland were added: Earl of Ossory (1538) and Viscount Thurles (1536).
Created Marquess of Ormond in 1642, which title became extinct in 1758.
Created Duke of Ormonde in 1661, and created the Duke of Ormonde in the Peerage of England in 1682. After 1682, the spelling "Ormonde" was used almost universally. The title was forfeit in 1715. Subsidiary titles for the duke in the Peerage of England were added: Earl of Brecknock (1660) and Baron Butler (1660).
In 1715 the second duke was attainted and his English peerages declared forfeit. In 1758 the de jure third duke (Irish) died and the dukedom and marquessate became extinct.
The eighteenth earl was created as Baron Ormonde, of Llanthony, in the county of Monmouth in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1821 on the coronation of George IV. Later, he was created the Marquess of Ormonde in the Peerage of Ireland in 1816. On his death in 1820, that title became extinct and the earldoms passed to his brother, for whom the title "Marquess of Ormonde" was re-created in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1825. That title became extinct in 1997, while the earldom became dormant.
The Lordship of Ireland in 1450
Norman Lordships and native kingdoms.The patrimony of the Butlers of Ormond encompassed most of the modern counties of North Tipperary, South Tipperary, Kilkenny and parts of County Carlow. Only the earldom of Desmond would have had more extensive land holdings than Ormond in the Lordship and Kingdom of Ireland. Following the successful Norman Invasion, the ancient Gaelic lands would have been annexed to the crown and passed as baronies or fiefs to the supporters of the crown (the victorious barons). These (administrative) baronies corresponded to the (Irish) túath ("country") or trícha cét ("thirty hundred [men]") of a Gaelic chief, for example Éile. However, sometimes baronies combined small territories, or split a large one, or were created without regard for the earlier boundaries. In the Norman period most Gaelic chiefs were killed, expelled, or subordinated by the new Norman lord; in the Tudor period, many Gaelic and Hibernicized lords retained their land by pledging allegiance to the Crown under the policy of surrender and regrant.
In 1837, the remains of the following Bulter castles were recorded in County Kilkenny alone by Lewis.
"Granny or Grandison Castle, in Iverk, is one of the most considerable: it was the residence of Margaret Fitzgerald, the great Countess of Ormond, a lady of uncommon talents and qualifications, who is said also to have built the castles of Balleen and Coolkill, with several others of minor note. The Butlers owned the castles of Knocktopher, Gowran, Dunfert, Poolestown, Nehorn, Callan, Ballycallan, Damagh, Kilmanagh, and Urlingford..... The castles of Drumroe, Barrowmount, and Low Grange, are said to have belonged to Lord Galmoy;"
Theobald Walter, 1st Baron Butler
Theobald le Botiller, 2nd Chief Butler of Ireland
Theobald Butler, 3rd Chief Butler of Ireland
Theobald Butler, 4th Chief Butler of Ireland
Edmund Butler, Earl of Carrick, 6th Chief Butler of Ireland and second son of the 4th Chief Butler .
James Butler, 1st Earl of Ormond and 7th Chief Butler of Ireland.