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Butler, James, 1610-1688 (1st Duke of Ormonde and statesman)



  • Existence: 1610 - 1688


James Butler, 12th Earl and 1st Duke of Ormonde (1610-1688), was appointed Lieutenant-General of the King's army at the outbreak of the rebellion in Ireland in 1641. His plans to move against the rebels were overruled by the Lords Justices. However, between January and March 1642 he engaged and defeated the rebel forces, and proceeded to quieten Connaught, before suffering further obstruction from the Lords Justices. He defeated the rebels at Ross in March 1643, and in September concluded a year's truce.

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Letters regarding the Irish Rebellion of 1641-1644

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4246
Scope and Contents Copies of letters of the Lords Justices of Ireland made at the expense of James Butler, Duke of Ormonde (see the note on fo. 178), 247 folios. On fos 229-236 are copies of further documents relating to Ireland, which are recopied in a later hand on fos 214-218, possibly by Henry St John. These documents include a letter from Elizabeth I to the Privy Council of Ireland; instructions of James I to Sir Oliver St John on his appointment as Lord Deputy of Ireland; letters from James I to the...
Dates: 1641-1644
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