Thomas Butler, 2nd Baron Cahir
Thomas Butler, 2nd Baron Cahir (of the second creation) (before 1568 – 31 January 1626/27). He was the son of Theobald Butler, 1st Baron Cahir and Mary Cusack. He succeeded to the title on 28 April 1596.
Marriage and issue
He married, firstly, Eleanor Butler who was the daughter of Richard Butler, 1st Viscount Mountgarret (and a distant cousin of the baron) and Eleanor Butler (a granddaughter of the 8th Earl of Ormond), before October 1598, but had no issue. He married, secondly, Ellice Fitzgerald, daughter of Sir John Fitzgerald, after 1601. They had a daughter,
- Margaret Butler (born circa 1606, died 1632) who married Edmond Butler, 3rd/13th Baron Dunboyne. They had eight children, including James, 4th Baron Dunboyne, and Eleanor, mother of the 4th Baron Cahir.
As this marriage was also without male issue, the barony devolved upon his nephew Thomas who was the third son of the baron's uncle, Piers Butler. His widow remarried Sir Thomas Esmonde and had further issue.
In 1599 Cahir Castle was captured by the Earl of Essex. During the siege Thomas was held prisoner, although his wife and brother refused to give up the castle. In 1599 he joined in Tyrone's rebellion, but then surrendered and was attainted. On 27 May 1601 he was pardoned of all treason and other crimes.
- Lodge, Edmund, "The genealogy of the existing British peerage with brief sketches of the family history of the nobility.", 1832, pg 160.
- Butlers of Cahir.
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