Butler (No. 6.) family genealogy

Of Polestown, County Kilkenny

Arms: Or, a chief indented az.

Richard Butler, of Polestown, co. Kilkenny, had:

2. Edmund, who died 21st April, 1636, and was buried in Kilkenny. He mar. Ellis, dau. of Nicholas Shortall, and had five sons and seven daughters: The sons were— 1. Walter, of whom presently; 2. Theobald; 3. Richard; 4. Peirce; 5. Thomas. The daughters were— 1. Ellis, who m. Murtogh Cavanagh, of Garoishill (now Garryhill), co. Carlow, Esq.; 2. Kath.; 3. Margaret; 4. Anne; 5. Eliza; 6. Ellen; 7. Elan.

3. Walter Butler: eldest son of Edmund; mar. Eliza, daughter of Viscount Mountgarret.[1]


[1] Mountgarret: Richard, Lord Viscount Mountgarret, had a son and heir, the Hon. Edward Butler, who was a Captain in Galmoy’s Regiment. This Edward served with his Regiment at the Siege of Derry, during which he had promised some friends, “to top the wall of the besieged defense,”—a rather strange promise from an officer of Horse. He, however, kept his word, and was on the 4th June taken prisoner on the Walls of Derry. He was one of those important prisoners threatened with the gallows by the Derrymen, if the unarmed Protestants who were driven under the Walls of Derry by De Rosen and refused admittance by the besieged, were not allowed by the besiegers to leave. He succeeded his father as sixth Viscount Mountgarret, and died 25th July, 1735. He married, first, a dau. of Mr. Buchannan, of Londonderry, by whom he had no issue; and, secondly, Eligal, the widow of O. Grace, Esq., Shangannagh, in Queen’s County, by whom he left three sons, who were successively Viscounts Mountgarret. His third son Edmond was the ninth Viscount, who left one son, Edmond, a Barrister-at-Law, who was tenth Viscount, and was living in 1768.