Birth: 24 August 1808

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 25 September 1854 - Aged 46

Place or Registered Place of Death: Loftus Hall, Wexford, Ireland

Date of Burial: 2 October 1854

Place of Burial: St. Canice, Kilkenny, Ireland

Father: James Wandesford Butler

Mother: Grace Louisa Staples

Spouse(s): Frances Jane Paget

Date of Marriage: 19 September 1843

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: St. Luke's, Chelsea, London


Lady Harriet Eleanor Wandesforde-Butler (1885-)
James Edward William Theobald Butler, 3rd Marquess of Ormonde (1844-1919)
Lady Mary Grace Louisa Butler (1846-1929)
James Herbert Henry Thomas Butler (1847-1867)
James Arthur Wellington Foley Butler, 4th Marquess of Ormonde (1849-1943)
Reverend James Theobald Bagot John Butler (1852-1929)
Lady Blanche Henrietta Maria Butler (1854-1914)


John Butler was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for County Kilkenny in 1830, and held the seat until 1832. He was the author of Autumn in Sicily, Dublin: Hodges and Smith, 1850.

The Gentleman's Magazine - Volume 20 - 1843
September 19.
At St. Luke's, Chelsea, the Marquess of Ormonde, to Frances-Jane, eldest dau. of Gen. the Hon. Sir Edward Paget, G.C.B.

Faculty Office Marriage Licence Allegations (1701-1850)
Licence Date, Surname Groom, First Name Groom, Surname Brid, First Name Bride
16 Sep 1843, Ormonde, John, Paget, Frances Jane
16 Sep 1843, Ormonde, Marquis & Earl, Paget, Frances Jane

John Butler died of apoplexy whilst sea bathing.

The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 196 - 1854
The Marquess Of Ormonde.
Sept. 25. At Loftus Hall, co. Wexford (a seat of the Marquess of Ely), aged 46, the Most Noble John Butler, second Marquess of Ormonde (1825), 20th Earl of Carrik (1315), 20th Earl of Ormonde and Baron Arklow (1328), 13th Earl of Ossory (1527), 9th Viscount Thurles (1537), all dignities in the peerage of Ireland ; second Baron Ormonde of Llanthony Abbey, co. Monmouth (1821) in the peerage of the United Kingdom; Hereditary Chief Butler of Ireland, a Knight of St. Patrick, a Lord in Waiting to the Queen, and Colonel of the Kilkenny Militia j Vice-President of the Royal Dublin Society, Patron of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, President of the Kilkenny Literary and Scientific Institution, &c. &c.

His Lordship was born in Merrion Square, Dublin, on the 24th August, 1808, the eldest child of James the first Marquess of Ormonde of the creation of 1825, and K.P., by Grace Louisa, third daughter of the Right Hon. John Staples and the Hon. Henrietta Molesworth, daughter of the third Viscount Molesworth. His mother is still living.

He was educated at Harrow School. He succeeded to the peerage on the death of his father, May 22, 1838. In Sept. 1841 he was appointed a Lord in Waiting to her Majesty; and, after having held that office to Feb. 1852, be was re-appointed in Jan. 1853. He was nominated a Knight of the order of St. Patrick in 1845.

It has been asserted of the deceased, in an eloquent sermon preached at his funeral by the Bishop of Ossory (Dr. O'Brien), that, " The representative and head of an illustrious house, he was fitted to grace any lineage however exalted. His mental endowments had been carefully cultivated, and, combined as they were with no common measure of sensibility and taste, they qualified him to appreciate and to enjoy everything that was beautiful in nature, or art, or literature. And the means of all such refined enjoyments were to a large extent within his reach. But his moral qualities were a source of higher happiness to himself and to others than any that the gifts either of intellect or fortune could yield. He was not merely most honourable and upright and conscientious in every relation of life, both public and private, but he exhibited in all a nature so kindly, that I believe it is no exaggeration to say, that having passed forty-six years in this world, and mingled with all ranks of society in it, he has not only not left an enemy behind him, but not even an individual who cherished an unkindly feeling towards him."

In confirmation of this high but faithful eulogy, we add the more discursive remarks of a writer in The Kilkenny Moderator : "As a resident nobleman he discharged the duties of his high position in such a manner as to call forth the admiration of all men, and excite the emulation of those who were born to the same status, but who without such a monitor had mistaken their mission and neglected the obligations of their position. As a gentleman, he set an example in his courteous bearing, and his strict regard for every moral and social virtue, such as was calculated to elevate the tone of society and refine the feelings and the disposition of every man who came in contact with him. As a relative and private friend, he was the beloved, the admired, the idolized of those who could appreciate all that is exalted, noble, generous, and confiding in the human heart. As an employer, he was esteemed by those about him, not merely as a patron but as a dear friend; for those of his dependants whose conduct earned his approval and his confidence were never lost sight of whilst their interests could be promoted or their position could be improved. As a magistrate, he was respected on the bench of justice for the firmness and the impartiality of his decisions, always tempering justice with mercy, but wisely and fearlessly upholding the law. Presiding as chairman of the Kilkenny Board of Guardians, his appearance was the signal for the real discharge of business, such as the duties of the office demanded in justice to the poor and .the ratepayers; and noisy and popularity-hunting spouters at once hushed their mistimed declamation before his mandate. At the Boards of Superintendence, at the Gas Company,-at every public body and public meeting possessing the claim of public usefulness, there was Lord Ormonde found, the foremost man, and the master intellect which guided all. Truly in every relation of life, from his domestic hearth, where all was love, peace, and happiness, to his position in the legislature and the confidence of the Queen, his every act was upright, honourable, and high-principled, and he set a bright example to all. Honestly cherishing his private political and religions principles, in his public acts or his dealings with his dependents no man knew his party or his creed. Every movement that could improve or benefit our city, or elevate the social status and refine the intellect of its people, he sustained and promoted by his personal exertions and his weighty influence. He did not disdain to become himself a public teacher, and often was he to be found labouring side by side with humbler workers in the field, delivering lectures in our own Town Hall to all classes of society, and turning the talent and the education with which Heaven had gifted him to profitable account in training the mind of the rising generation to useful and elevating pursuits. Literary and scientific institutions sprang up amongst us, and strengthened and advanced under his fostering patronage and zealous personal encouragement, until Kilkenny began to be regarded by surrounding cities with most respectful consideration, as fast taking the foremost place in intellectual progress.

"His ' Autumn in Sicily,' published in 18-, sufficiently stamped him as a scholar, a political economist in the best sense, and a man of observation and discernment. He had also, for his amusement, successfully translated, and suffered to be published under his name, some of the more elevated and improving French works of light literature; and within the present year his lordship printed at his private expense, and distributed as a present to the members of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, a curious life of St. Canice, which he found in the Burgundian Library, and from that circumstance was so far interested as to transcribe it whilst sojourning for a brief period in Brussels. The introduction to this work, written by himself, is a highly scholar-like performance, and contains a mass of original information on the ancient history of Ireland, which at once displays his taste and research in the science of archaeology. But he contemplated and was preparing for an infinitely grander undertaking - an extensive historical work, chiefly bearing on the connection of his illustrious family with the annals of Ireland, the materials of which were to be derived from the vast mass of most valuable national records preserved in the muniment room of Kilkenny Castle. Every lover of our national literature will as deeply lament, as he will mourn for its cause, the untimely frustration of this great design, for it has truly been said that the history of the Ormonde family is the history of Ireland, and vast was the source of new information which the head of that princely house had it in his power to lay before the public."

The Marquess and his family had left his castle at Kilkenny for the benefit of sea-bathing on the coast of Wexford, where he was renting a house belonging to the Marquess of Ely. He was much pleased with the locality of his temporary residence, and during his short sojourn had already endeared himself to his poor neighbours of the promontory of Hook. On the morning of his death he appeared in his usual health and spirits, and had eaten a hearty breakfast. At about 11 o'clock Lady Ormonde and her children went down to the sea-shore, in order that the latter should bathe. His lordship followed soon after, attired in his bathing clothes, and went into the water with his children, whom he dipped and sported with, and occupied some time in teaching Lord Ossory to swim. He had been at one time out so far as to be up to his neck in the sea, but he then returned towards the beach, and had got so close to it as that the water was not more than 18 inches deep where he was; when, whilst approaching towards the Marchioness, who remained all the time on the strand, be suddenly fell upon his face. Lady Ormonde thought at first that this was done in sport, as he had been engaged previously in various gambols of the kind with the children. The attendant maid-servant was also under the same impression ; but, as his lordship remained prostrate for a few seconds, her ladyship called to him to come out, as he was too long in the water already ; and seeing that this had no effect, she at once in much alarm cried out to Lord Ossory to know what was the matter with his father. Lord Ossory said, " Oh! mamma, he is only diving." Lady Ormonde, however, immediately rushed into the water, and with the aid of the children drew the body out. He appeared then to be alive, for he opened and shut his eyes. This, and foaming at the mouth, were the only signs of life which he manifested when taken out of the water. Lady Ormonde ran in a state of distraction to the hall for assistance, and the servants and people of the locality arrived without loss of time, and bore the body to the house. A groom was despatched to Fethard for the nearest doctor, and in the meantime mustard poultices and burnt brandy were applied. Dr. Biggs, of Fethard, arrived in less than three-quarters of an hour, and resorted without a moment's delay to bleeding; the blood came freely, but Lord Ormonde was at the time beyond human aid. There could be no doubt that his standing in the water caused the sudden flow of blood to the head, which produced death. On this evidence the Coroner's jury found that the death of his lordship resulted from on attack of apoplexy.

The Marquess of Ormonde married, on the 19th Sept. 1843, Frances-Jane, eldest daughter of the Honourable Sir Edward Paget, G.C.B., and niece to the late Marquess of Anglesey. Her ladyship was a Lady of the Bedchamber to the late Queen Dowager from the year 1844 to 1849. She has issue four sons and two daughters. The eldest, James-Edward-William-Theobald, now Marquess of Ormonde, was born in 1844, and is a godson of Queen Adelaide.

By a will, perfected not long before his untimely death, the late Marquess has left the Marchioness his sole executrix; and has placed on record his wish and request that his heir and family should, during the minority of the former, spend a portion of each year at the castle of Kilkenny.

The funeral took place on Monday, the 2d of October, and occasioned such a demonstration of public feeling in the city of Kilkenny as had not been witnessed there for at least two centuries. The procession began to move from the Castle at half-past 11 a.m. In advance was a body of tenantry; next the military officers of the district and garrison ; the officers of constabulary; the clergy of the county and city; the Body, borne on foot by tenantry specially selected for the honour, the pallbearers being the Earls of Desart and Bessborough, Clayton Savage, esq. Joseph Greene, esq. W. Ponsonby Barker, esq. Peter Connellan, esq. Wm. Lloyd Flood, esq. J. K. Aylward, esq. Robert Langrishe, esq. Colonel Wemyss, John Walsh, esq. Sir Charles Cuffe, Bart, and Pierse S. Butler, expectant Viscount Mountgarrett. The mourners were the Hon. Charles H. B. C. S. Wandesford, uncle to the deceased ; his three brothers, Lords Walter, James, and Charles Butler ; his brothers-in-law, Robert Fowler, esq. the Right Hon. John Wynne, and Lord Clermont; Major Paget and Edward Paget, esq. brothers of the Marchioness of Ormonde; the Hon. George O'Callaghan, the Earl of Clancarty, the Hon. R. French, Arthur Kavanagh, esq. Capt. Middleton, R. Art. and William Archbold, esq. near connexions of the family. Next followed the household servants and dependants; and then the Corporation of Kilkenny, before whom were borne reversed, and draped in crape, the civic sword and mace presented to them by the Duke of Ormonde in the latter part of the seventeenth century ; the Masonic bodies (Lord Ormonde having himself been a member of Lodge 37); the pupils of Kilkenny College, in which the deceased had taken a warm interest; almost all the gentry of the county, and the officers of every public body connected with it. The citizens of Kilkenny, and another portion of the Ormonde tenantry, closed the procession. At the cathedral, the body was received by the Bishop and clergy, and the funeral sermon, to which we have already adverted, was preached by the former. A new vault was constructed for the occasion, no member of the Butler family having been interred in the cathedral since the Earl of Ossory, who died in 1680, the son of the great Duke of Ormonde, who was himself buried in Westminster Abbey. The first Butler buried in the cathedral church of St. Canice was James, the second Earl of Ormonde, who died in 1382; and the late Marquess had only last year repaired and grouped together in the south transept the various remaining memorials of his ancestors, which were previously scattered about the church.


1851 Census:

Stud House, Home Park, Hampton, Surrey
John Butler - Head - Married - 42 - 1809 - Marquis of Ormonde - Ireland
Frances Jane Butler - Wife - 33 - Marchioness of Ormonde - St. George's, Westminster
James Edward Butler - Son - 6 - Earl of ??? - Ireland
Mary Butler - Daughter - 5 - Ireland
Hubert Butler - Son - 1 - Littlehampton, Sussex

John Butler
2nd Marquis of Ormonde