Butler, James, 1st Duke of Ormonde (1610 -1688)
James Butler, 12th Earl and 1st Duke of Ormonde, was the eldest son of Thomas Butler, Viscount Thurles and Elizabeth Poyntz, and grandson of Walter Butler of Kilcash, the 11th Earl. Educated privately under the eye of George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury, he succeeded to his grandfather's title 24 February 1632. A brilliant soldier, he was created Marquess of Ormonde in 1642, joined Charles II in France 25 December 1647, was made a Knight of the Garter in 1649, Baron Butler of Llanthony, Earl of Brecknock in the English peerage, and Duke of Ormonde in 1661. He was four times Viceroy of Ireland and was active in suppressing the rebellion of 1641. He married in 1629 his cousin Elizabeth Baron Dingwall in her own right, daughter and heir of Richard Preston, Earl of Desmond and Lord Dingwall.