Thursday, 13 December 2012

Butlers of Co. Wexford- Ch.12: Walter Butler of Munphin Pt.3

Walter Butler of Munphin and the consequences of the defeat of James II on his financial situation, and his death in 1717

Forfeitures of Pierce Viscount Galmoy, Walter Butler’s stepson

John D’Alton’s book, [1] also has the following:
“Lord Galmoy’s forfeitures alone comprised nearly 10,000 acres plantation measure in the county of Kilkenny, and about half that quantity in the Barony of Bantry, co of Wexford.”
and “At the Court of Claims in 1700, Walter Butler petitioned for and was allowed mortgages affecting Lord Galmoy’s estates in the county of Kilkenny.”

23/24 May 1688- Walter Butler had a mortgage from Pierce 3rd Viscount Galmoy secured on the lands of Lower Grange in the barony of Gowran Co Kilkenny in two sums of £600 and £500 and he entered his claim for this at Chichester House before August 1700 [2] (Claim No 3082) the former mortgage being dated 23/24 May 1687. This claim is marked “Allowed and Referred”.
Under the schedule of lands forfeited 27 June 1688 [3] this claim is entered E 201/10 Walter Butler of Munfin Co Wexford. 
Chichester House Claim No. 643- Matthew Ford claimed £4,400 penalty counter security against the two bonds of 23/24 May 1687/8 above, secured against the whole estate of Lord Galmoy and Walter Butler of Munfin and this claim was allowed. [4]

Chichester House Claim No. 1972-  Nicholas Holyroyde merchant claimed £100 annuity by mortgage dated July 1693 from Walter Butler of Munfin and charged on the estate of Pierce 3rd Viscount Galmoy. Disallowed.

1681 to 1695- Walter Butler of Munfin will be found both as a witness and a principal in a number of mortgages, leases etc. dealing with the Galmoy estates and quoted in the Chichester House Claims. [5]

The following estate/interests claimed in the County of Carlow refer to Walter Butler and relate to Galmoy’s lands:
1.Claimant: James Butler, merchant;
Estate/Interests Claimed: Absolute fee;
By What Deed or Writing:By lease & release dated 21st and 22nd Feb 1681 wit, Walter Butler, Christopher Horncastle & C. and fine levied in Easter 1681 and recovery suffered as a collateral security and statute staple acknowledge to claimant of 1800 pounds for performance of  covenant; 
On What Land: Town and lands of Rathlin;
Late Proprietor: Pierce Viscount Galmoy;
Observations: Dismissed as cautionary. [6]

2.Claimant: Isaac Holroide, merchant;
Estate/Interests Claimed: an annuity of £1000 per annum forever;
By What Deed or Writing: By lease and release dated July 1693. Witnesses Benj. Burton and others from
 Walter Butler who had a mortgage in fee from Pierce late Lord Viscount Galmoy;
On What Land: Two parts of the rectory and tithes of Ballyellen;
Late Proprietor: Oliver Eustace;
Observations: Disallowed.
(See Claim 1972 above from T. Blake Butler’s research, which appears to refer to the same claim, however, some differences viz. name and amount.)

3.Claimant: Wm Cooke, gent;
Estate/Interests Claimed: £1960 mortgage part of several debts due by judgement to claimant;
By What Deed or Writing: By fine in Easter term 1688 and by lease and release dated 1th & 16th July 1688, lands being then in claimant seisin and possession by mortgage by lease and release 22nd and 23rd March 1684 Witness to first deed Matthew Cooke & C. and to the last Walter Butler;
On What Land: Towns and land of Ballyellen, Cloghnurny and other lands;
Late Proprietor: Dudley Bagnall Esq.;
Observations: Allowed and referred.

4. Claimant: Wm Cooke, Gent;
Estate/Interests Claimed: Estate fee;
By What Deed or Writing: By lease and release from Lord Galmoy dated 22nd and 23rd March 1684. Witness Walter Butler & C and by fine in Easter Term and by lease and release Wit by Matthew Cooke, Terence O’Donnell &C;
On What Land: Moiety of Killmullapoge;
Late Proprietor: Lord Galmoy;
Observations: Allowed 61 per annum out of land of Kilmallapoge.
(NB Observations were written, we understand by or for the trustees, on the margin of the book from which these extracts were made. Spelling as seen in the book.)

The Period after the Treaty of Limerick in 1691- Arrests; Attainders; Forfeitures

An order for the arrest of RC officers was issued in 1693:
A letter from Viscount Sydney to the Earl of Nottingham dated January 23 1693 stated: [7]
I herewith send you a list of such popish officers and the number of priests that were by a late general Order in Council taken within the provinces of Leinster and Ulster, whereby you can compare them one with another. The returns are not yet made for the other two provinces of Minster and Connaught, but as soon as they are I will send you a like list of them. This late general seizure was occasioned upon some apprehensions we had of a French descent upon this kingdom, but as those apprehensions are now blown over, or in a great manner lessened, the persons who were imprisoned are now set at liberty upon giving security for their good behavior and promising to come forth when required, only excepting the regular clergy, who are still imprisoned till His Majesty’s pleasure be known in relation to them, and for this purpose I send your lordships copies of a report form a Committee of the Council appointed to consider what may be fit to be done with the regular priests and of the Board’s concurrence with the said report, which I desire you will lay before the King and let me know how he will have the regular clergy dealt with. The state of this matter and the methods formerly used to drive them out of this kingdom are fully set forth in the said report.
A List of such Roman Catholic Officers as have been taken up by virtue of the late General Order, dated the 17th day of December 1692.
Dublin:… Colonel Walter Butler… 68 officers, 35 priests
Lord Meath’s Liberty… 3 officers
Queen’s County… 3 officers and 2 priests
Roscommon… 7 officers 5 priests
King’s County… 26 officers, 4 priests
Kilkenny… (including Col Toby Mathew) 7 officers, 13 priests
Tyrone… 17 officers, 5 priests
Mayo…30 officers, 4 priests
Tipperary.. (including Butlers of Banshea, Doracloghin and Kilmatohir, all absconded), 43 officers, besides several names not known; 7 priests absconded; and all the priests of Upper Ormond; 4 priests taken up.
Kildare…15 officers, 2 priests
Dublin County…20 officers, 8 priests
Wicklow… 5 priests

Part of the Articles of the Treaty of Limerick, specifically referred to one of the rebel officers, Colonel John Browne. In 1695, his property was subject to a petition [8]:
The petition of Sir Thomas Hacket, knight, and Colonel Dudley Colcough in behalf of themselves and Gregory Byrne, Francis Coghlan, Garrett Moore, Walter Butler, Edmund Nugent, Robert Cusack, H. Netterville, Maurice Bermingham, Patrick Bellas, John Coghlan, Christopher Pippard and Thomas Warren dated 14 November (1695) showing that for ascertaining each man’s proportion of the money certified by Major-General Sarsfield (commonly called Lord Lucan), to the value of the effects taken from Colonel John Browne, in order to satisfy his protestant creditors, pursuant to the Articles of Limerick, all the claimants now before you, a very few excepted, have consented to secure and pay to Sir John Topham, in trust for the said creditors, the value of one year’s quit-rent out of their respective estates to be paid by half yearly payments in two years… etc.

In February 1703, the House of Lords debated the Irish Forfeitures Bill, [9] entitled, “An Act for advancing the Sale of the Forfeited Estates in Ireland and for vesting such as remain unsold by the present Trustees in Her Majesty, Her Heirs and Successors, for such Uses as the same were before vested in the said Trustees; and for the more effectual selling and setting the said Estates to Protestants; and for explaining the several Acts relating to the Lord Bophin and Sir Redmond Everard.” (NB Sir Redmond Everard was related to the Butlers of Ormonde and Cahir by marriage.)
“Ordered, that the said Bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House. Then, it being proposed, “That the House be now put into a Committee upon this Bill;” And Debate there upon: The Question was put, “Whether this House shall be now put into a Committee upon this Bill?” It was Resolved in the Affirmative. Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure, and put into a Committee upon the said Bill. After some Time, the House was resumed. And the Lord Viscount Longueville reported, “That the Committee had gone through the said Bill; and think fit to pass, without any Amendment.”
BUTLER’S BILL: Upon reading the Petition of Walter Butler; praying to be heard; by his Counsel, in relation to the Bill abovementioned: It is ORDERED, That the Petitioner shall be heard; as desired, by One Counsel, To-morrow, after the Hearing upon Mr. Whitacker’s Bill. Adjourn.”

Butler’s Bill referred to, was a Memorial written by Walter Butler Senior re a claim for debts by his step-son Lord Galmoy against his “forfeited estate”.
This document is “a petition relating to the disallowance by the trustees for forfeited estates in Ireland of proofs of debt brought by Butler against the forfeited estate of Viscount Galmoy” in the year 1703.”
The document from the Records of the Parliament Office, House of Lords Journal Office; Main Papers 1700-1718- Item- Sale of the Forfeited Estates in Ireland Act [10]-  b) 25 February- Petition of Walter Butler.
The reference book “The Manuscripts of the House of Lords, 1702-1704[11] has the description:
1703-25 Feb. Petition of Walter Butler, Esq. Petitioner exhibited his claim before the trustees for sale of the forfeited estates in Ireland for several debts due to him from Pierce (Piers), Lord Viscount Galmoy, and secured by fines and deeds leading the uses thereof on part of his Lordship’s estate. The Trustees, at the hearing, conceived some doubt as to some of the debts, though all the moneys were mentioned in the deeds to be proper debts of Ld. Galmoy, allowed Petitioner further time to satisfy them on that point, and appointed the Cause to be re-examined after all the other claims should be heard; but being taken up in hearing these till the very last instant of time allowed them for that purpose, they could not well hear the new proofs, which Petitioner was ready to make. Prays that a clause may be added for empowering the Trustees to hear the further allegations and proofs. Signed by Petitioner. Endorsed as read this day. Counsel called for, but none appeared. MS Min, L.J. xvii. 317

The following is the transcript of the document:
To the Right Honorable the Lords Spirituall and Temporall in Parliament Assembled

The Humble Petition of Walter Butler Esq.

That your Petitioner exhibited his Claim before the Trustees for Sale of the forfeited Estates of Ireland for severall debts due to him from Pierce Lord Viscount Galmoy, and which were secured by James, and Deeds lending (or leading?) the uses thereof on part of the Lord Galmoy’s Estate.
That the said Trustees at the hearing of the said Claim Conceived some doubt as to some of the said debts, tho’ all the said sumes were mentioned in the said Deeds to be the proper debts of the said Lord Galmoy, and thought fitt to allow the said Walter your Petitioner longer time in order to give them greater satisfaction in those particulars, and appointed the said Cause to be re-examined after all the other Claimes should be heard.
That the said Trustees were taken up in hearing the other Claimes till the verie last instant of time allowed them for that purpose so that they could not well hear the new proofs, which your Petitioner was ready to make of the Reality of those debts. May it therefore please your Lordships to Impower and Require the said Trustees by a clause in the bill for advancing the sale of the forfeited Estates, or in any other bill now before your Lordships to hear the further allegations and proofs which your Petitioner shall make in and concerning the promises (?), and thereupon to make such order as to them in their Discretions shall seem Reasonable or to leave your Petitioner to due Course of Law, or any other Relief that your Lordships shall think proper.

And your Petitioner shall pray

The following day, the 26th February: the Question was put to the House, “Whether this Bill shall pass?” It was resolved in the Affirmative. “ORDERED, The Commons have Notice, that the Lords have agreed to the said Bill, without any Amendment.
Therefore, Walter, obviously, was denied his appeal. His Petition for a claim for payment for debts owed him by his stepson Lord Galmoy, against Lord Galmoy’s forfeited estates must have been an attempt to salvage some of the value of his stepson’s forfeited estates, some of which were under mortgage to Walter.

A list of Forfeitures undermentioned in the County of Wicklow and Wexford consisting of the Farms and Lands following will be exposed to Sale at Chichester House, Dublin, on Saturday the 17th Day of April 1703. By cant to the best Bidder [12]:
Late Proprietor: Lord Golmoy (sic)
No. 15 to 22
Denominations: Bantry Barony:
Grange; 1297 acres; in the parish of Killauny (Killann near Rathnure) distant from Enniscorthy 5 miles, on it 5 cabbins, it is Course Mountainy Farms, with some Arable
Garane Mullanetunny, and part of Glanglass; 764 acres; same parish and situation, is arable meadow and pasture, on it a Farm House and 9 Cabbins
Rathnure; 495 acres; same parish and situation, is Arable Medow and Pasture, some Boggy, on it 3 Cabbins
Rathduffe and Rathfenton; 758 acres; same parish and situation, is Arable Medow and Mountain pasture, on it 9 cabbins- same situation and quantity on both
Killonron and Uskinviller; 463 acres; same parish and situation, is Arable and Heathy Furzy Pasture and 5 Cabbins- same for both
Coolcane, part of Glanglass and Grenane;1154 acres; same parish and situation, is Arable Medow and Course Pasture.
Total yearly rent 1702: ₤321.5.6
Rent value per annum: ₤450
Neat Value to be Set up at: ₤6300
Tenants Names: Coll. Walter Butler
Estate or Interest Claim’d and Allowd: (this is handwritten and barely decipherable); it starts Allowed to _____ Butler____ (rest unreadable)

The Forfeitures list for County Kilkenny for Lord Gillmoy, is extensive, and lists 19 properties in Gowran Barony and Galmoy Barony, four of which name the tenant as Coll. Walter Butler, viz.
Moninetinlay; 443 acres; yearly rent ₤25.12.6; real value per annum ₤33; neat value to be set up at: ₤474.16.3; descript:In the parish of Grange, arable and mountain pasture, on it 5 cabbins, distance from Kilkenny 7 miles. Allowed to William Cooke several judgements whereon there is due for Principal Interests and Costs to 24th Dec 1701, the sum of ₤1221.5s.8d half penny with the accrewing interest of ₤585.16s.9d half penny from that day at the rate 10 per cent per ann. till paid on the whole estate.

Ballyogen, Brandon Hill and Coolroe: 606, 726, 582 acres respectively; yearly rent ₤97; real value ₤32, ₤18, ₤45 each = ₤95;Neat value to be Set up at: ₤464.10,  ₤261,  ₤653; Ballyogen in the parish of Grange, arable medow and mountain pasture, on it 9 cabbins,  distance from Carlow 11 miles, from Kilkenny 11 miles and from Grange Church 1 mile. Brandon Hill and Coolroe in same parish, arable and mountain pasture, on it 10 cabbins, distance as above.

Part of Barnavadeen: 43 acres; yearly rent: ₤5.2.6; real value pa. ₤6; Neat value etc: ₤86.11.3; In Parish of Grange, arable and course pasture, on it 1 cabbin, distance from Church Mill and Market of Grange 1 mile.
There do not appear to be any claims on these four properties, although the property preceding these was “allowed to Matthew Ford, 2 judgements each for ₤1200 for Counter securing the Claimant, against several Judgements entered into by him with Lord Gillmoy, on the whole estate.” Whether that encompassed the following properties is unclear.

The Case of Collonel Walter Butler of Munphin- 1705:

The extensive debt revealed above, owed to William Cooke, would explain Walter’s motivation in attempting to recover that debt as shown in the following petition.
The following document dated c. 1705, gives great detail about Colonel Walter Butler’s efforts to prove his claims to Galmoy’s estates. It also shows that it appears to have been a deliberate attempt by the Trustees of Claims to thwart Walter’s claims in order to prevent Galmoy reclaiming his due wealth.

The  Case of Collonel Walter Butler, of Munphin,
 in the County of Wexford, in the Kingdom of Ireland. [n.p], [1705?] [13]
(University of London- presented by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths 1903)
The said Walter Butler, who had Married the late Lord Galmoy’s Mother, by reason of that Relation, became Bound, with and for him, in several Sums of Mony, for which he was not Counter-secur’d at first; but afterwards, upon the Lady Galmoy’s going out of Ireland for Recovery of her Health, in the beginning of the Year 1688, the said Walter Butler, desir’d the said Lord to Counter-secure him; and thereupon, the said Lord and his Lady, levied Finesto the said Colonel, and did by Deeds drawn by the Advice of the now Lord Chief Justice Doyne, and Sir Theobald Butler, in the Month of May 1688, Convey several Lands, Tenements and Hereditaments, in the said Fines contain’d, to the said Colonel and his Heirs, upon Trust, to permit and suffer the said Lord Galmoy, and his Heirs, to receive the Rents thereof, until the said Colonel, his Heirs, Executors or Administrators, Goods or Chattels, Lands or Tenements, should be Sued, Molested, Impleaded, Extended, taken in Execution, or Damnify’d by reason of any Debt, wherein he was then Bound, or should thereafter be Bound, for the said Lord Galmoy, pro nt(?) Deeds. The said Colonel being in Dublin, far from his Dwelling-house, where all his Papers and Accounts were, and not having timely Notice to settle the said Accounts, and have all the Debts particularly incerted and mentioned in the said Deed; There was therefore a Covenant therein, that the said Lands were to be liable, not only for the Debts therein incerted, but also for all other Debts, that should appear by Writing under his Lordships Hand and Seal, Attested by two credible Witnesses, to be taken up at his Lordships Instance, or for his Use, and after that the said Trust to cease: And the said Walter Butler, his Heirs and Assigns, to enjoy the said Lands, and receive the Profits thereof, ‘till the said Lord Viscount, his Heirs, Executors or Administrators, should pay all the said Debts, with Costs and Damages.
In some short time after, the said Colonel Butler, settled Accounts with the said Lord Galmoy, and thereupon the said Lord, by Deed under his Hand and Seal, dated the 21st of October 1688, (reciting all the Debts which the said Walter Butler had Paid, or been Bound in for him, declar’d them to be his proper Debts, and that the Lands in the said Fine and Deed were to stand charged with them:
The said Walter Butler was adjudg’d within the Articles of Limerick; And the said Lord’s estate being Seiz’d into their then Majesties Hands, upon Account of the said Lord’s Attainder, for the late Rebellion; the said Colonel applied to the then Lords Justices of Ireland, and produc’d the said Fines and Deeds to them; and upon his Petition, the same were referr’d to their Majesties Council, who Examin’d the Matter; and being satisfy’d of the reality and truth thereof, Ordered, The said Deed of the Month of May, 1688 to be enrolled in the Exchequer, which was accordingly done in Michaelmas Term, 1691 (and was also afterwards found and allow’d on several Inquisitions) and the said Colonel Butler, was by the Order of the then Lord Justices of Ireland, in the Year 1691 put into the Possession of such part of the said Lands comprised in the said Deeds, as were not in the Hands of prior Incumbrances, and so continued ‘till the Irish Forfeitures were by the late Act of Parliament, made in England, vested in certain Trustees for the Sale thereof.
The said Colonel Butler, tho’ he might have insisted on the Clause in the said Act, which confirm’d his said Adjucation; yet relying upon the former Examination of the said Debts and Order thereon, he enter’d his Claim for the said Debts, before the said Trustees, Numbered 3082, which, thro’ the Multitude of other Claims entered before his, did not in source come to be heard before them, ‘till the 11th Day of November 1701. And it consisting of many Particulars, the said Trustees did not go thorow with it ‘till the next day, tho’ all the said Sums, were declar’d by the said Deeds, to be the proper Debts of the said Lord Galmoy; Yet the said Trustees were pleas’d to put the said Colonel to prove by Witnesses, every particular Debt, to be paid to the said Lord Galmoy; Which the said Colonel not expecting, had only some few Witnesses ready to prove some of them, which were allow’d; but for want of Witnesses to prove the rest, they gave the said Colonel time to produce them, upon a Re-hearing after all the other Claims, which were subsequent to his, should be heard.
The time Limited for the said Trustees hearing of Claims, expiring on the 14th Day of March 1701 the said Colonel Butler fearing to be Surpriz’d, mov’d by his Council on his Petition, the 19th Day of March 1701 to Re-hear his said Claim, alledging, that he had then his Witnesses ready to prove all they desir’d; which Petition they referr’d to their Council, to report to them, whether the said Colonel’s Claim ought to be Re-heard: whereupon Thomas Burgh and Roscarrick Dowking, Esquires, two of the Trustees Council, reported, that they conceived it fit to be Re-heard; and thereupon the said Colonel, attended with his Council and Witnesses, all the said 24th Day of March, ‘till 12 at night; but the said Trustees being taken up in hearing of other Claims, who were placed before him in the Paper of Causes, they had not time to hear the Proofs the said Colonel had ready to make out, that the said Debts were all contracted for my Lord Galmoy’s particular Use; And thereupon a Decree Ex Parte, by the said Trustees, was drawn up, disallowing all the said Debts, amounting to 2300l  principal Mony, besides Interest and Charges, which the said Colonel had not time to prove as aforesaid; and the said Trustees afterwards Sold the said Lands, discharg’d of the said Debts, for about Twelve Thousand Pounds Sterling, and applied the Mony to the Use of the Publick.
The said Colonel Butler, hath been ever since clog’d with those Debts, and on the 25th March last, was forc’d for discharging them to sell his whole real state, to the value of 800l  per annum  and upwards, to the utter Ruin of him and his Family.
The said Colonel Butler proposes to procure a Discovery of several undisposed Forfeited Estates and Interests in the Kingdom of Ireland, which have been hitherto Concealed, out of which he may be Satisfy’d the said Sums, so disallow’d by the said Trustees, with great and considerable Advantages to the Publick, over and besides the Discoverers Premium or Proportion.
He therefore humbly Prays, That by an Act, or a Provise (?) to be incerted in some Act, the Commissioners of the Revenue in Ireland for the time being, or any Three of them, may be impower’d to hear and determine the said Colonel Butler’s Proofs, touching the said Sums of Mony, which were disallowed, or rather, left undetermined by the said late Trustees, and to give him full Satisfaction for the same, with Interest and Costs, out of such undisposed Forfeitures, as shall be discovered by him, or by his Procurement, over and besides the Discoverer’s Proportion.

The case above also revealed some other relevant information: that Walter’s wife Eleanor, Lord Galmoy’s mother was described as “late” and therefore had died before the petition; and that Ann Lady Galmoy was ill early in 1688 and subsequently left Ireland for France. She died before 1695; that Walter had been forced to sell his property to the “utter ruin of him and his family”, that he was “adjudged within the Articles of Limerick”, and that he would now claim lands under the dreadful “Discovery Act” [14].

The following newspaper article in 1709 refers to Walter Butler’s plans to sell his property due to the Popery Act.  It also reveals another example of Catholic families, (namely the Mathew family, related to Pierce 3rd Viscount Galmoy through his wife Ann Mathew, and sharing kinship with the Ormond line through their shared matriarch, Elizabeth Poyntz) who were increasingly capitulating under the harsh laws and renouncing their Catholic religion:
 The Post Boy  dated Thursday 15 Sept 1709 [15] :
“Dublin, Sept 3. On Sunday was7 (sic?)-Night, George Mathewes, Esq. of Thomas-Town, in the County of Tipperary, on 3000 l. per Annum. Went to the Church of Cashell, in the said County, and renounced the Popish Religion. The Sunday following, he brought his two Sons (being young) and presented them at the Altar, and desired they might be received into Christ’s Church. He has given notice to his Servants, that unless they prepare themselves, and renounce the Popish ___ in 14 days, they shall continue no longer in his service, and has declared, That as his Lands become out of Lease, he will sell the same only to Protestants. Col. Walter Butler, who was in K. James’s Army, and is a Papist, has put out printed Advertisements, That he will sell his Estate in this Kingdom, consisting of above five Thousand Acres of Land, in the County of Wexford, he designing to leave the Kingdom, upon account of the late Act against Popery: And ‘tis said, Abundance of the Popish Gentry and Common__ will go out of this Kingdom. Several of the Papists are turning Quakers, to prevent Swearing, as the Act directs.”
This article indicates that Walter had by that time, increased his land holdings considerably, from a few hundred acres to more than five thousand.
As Walter’s will, BTR No. 305, described him as ‘of Munphin’, it would appear that he did not carry out this threat, at least not selling the Munphin part of the estate, as his granddaughter is said to have been born at Munphin in 1718, and his daughter-in-law’s mother, Mary Long nee Keightley, was living there in 1715.
Under the Penal Acts passed by the Parliament of Queen Anne, Catholics were not permitted to inherit lands from their Catholic father, and his son and his family remained staunch Catholics.

The Index to the Great Britain Parliament House of Commons Journals (Sixteenth Volume 9° and 10° Anne, Parl. 5. Sess. I. A.1710 & 1711)  has the following entry:
1710/11- Butler, Walter, Petition relating to Monies disallowed him by the Trustees for Irish Forfeitures, rejected 19 March. [16]
The persecution of Catholics who were part of King James’s Army, continued for many years following the succession of Queen Anne in 1702, despite the terms of the Treaty of Limerick. In 1708, there were rumours of an impending invasion of Scotland by the Jacobites, whereupon, several of the leading Jacobites in Ireland were arrested and incarcerated. When the threat was unrealized, the gentlemen were released.
The following newspaper report supports this:
The Post Boy April 1, 1708 [17]:
“They write from Dublin, of the 1st of April, That there were committed to that Castle, the following Persons, viz, the Earls of Antrim and Fingall, the Lords Tremilistown and Montgarret, Sir Lawrence Esmond, Dennis Daly, (a Judge in King James’s time) Colonels Butler and Westcourt, of Kilcash and Garryricken, and Colonel Walter Butler, Major Mathew, Geo Mathew, ___ Butler of Bellicaget (Ballyragget?) etc.”

A dispute, involving Colonel Walter Butler, was reported in “The Post Boy” Saturday August 22, 1713.
The report indicates that Walter Butler was in London at that time. Once more, Walter Butler is associated with Sir Toby Butler. The article gives a good insight into Walter’s character and paints a picture of a man who appears fair, just and trustworthy.

As it was a long report, the following is a summary [18]:
A dispute developed between a Lucy Butler and a James Hackett (an attorney), both from Ireland but living in Westminster, London. For some unexplained reason, Lucy had sued Sir Lawrence Esmond of Clonegal in the county of Wexford (now in Carlow- ie. Huntington Castle), and had been given judgement of £500 sterling- the Bond executed in trust for a John Butler of whom Lucy was the ‘Relict and Executrix’. The Bond had been filled out by James Hackett. Hackett had then apparently accused Lucy of forging the Bond, which he stated “if the said Lucy Butler had a Bond, it was forged and not a ‘right and just Bond’ and the Bond he had signed was for only £350 sterling”, and had then informed several people in Ireland including Sir Lawrence Esmond of Clonegal, Sir Theobald (als Toby) Butler Knt of Dublin, Colonel Walter Butler of Munphin and several other persons.
Lucy counter-argued that Hackett had ‘filled up and signed the said document, and that she “had often complained to Col Walter Butler of Munphin of the Injuries done thereby to her and to the Memory of her Deceased Husband, and the Prejudice she had received by it in her Suits with Sir Redmond Everard, and the said Sir Lawrence Esmond, as also in the Opinion of several of her Friends”. Col Butler, then ‘charging the said Hackett therewith (for whom he had a Friendship)’, Hackett persisted with his charge. Col Butler suggested that if it proved otherwise, he must beg Mrs Butler’s Pardon and make her due satisfaction by giving it under his hand. They agreed to meet at Lucy Butler’s lodgings in German Street (near St James’s Park and Palace) and met on the 11th June. On viewing the Bond, which Col Walter Butler handed him, Hackett agreed it was his handwriting and signature, and that he was fully convinced of his error in the said matter. At that point, Thomas Butler Esq. Attorney–General to his Grace the Duke of Ormond came into the room and Lucy showed him the document so that ‘he might be able to satisfy and convince several of her Friends and others in Ireland who had been possessed by the said Hackett of the said false and scandalous untruth’. Hacket then directed his friend who had accompanied him, to sit down and write an ‘instrument for him to sign’, acknowledging his mistake. However, on reading the ‘instrument’, he then refused to sign it unless Mrs Butler would give him a ‘general release’. As this came to a general impasse, Hackett then denied he had absolutely owned the ‘filling up’ of the document and said the handwriting and signature was ‘only like his handwriting’, and denied he had promised to sign an ‘Instrument’ before he was fully convinced, and that he was not convinced. Lucy thought it “incumbent on her, and likewise was advised to it by several of her friends, for the clearing of her own reputation, as also that of her deceased Husband’s, from so unjust a calumny and to shew the World what a Man the said James Hackett is, to publish the whole Matter in the publick Prints; the Whole having been made out upon Oath before one of the Masters of the High Court of Chancery”.

The article did not publish the outcome of this dispute.
Lucy Butler was the wife of John Butler of ‘Lincoln’s Inn’, London, therefore, he was in law. He left a will, BTR 226, [19] Date: 17 May 1700; Probate 30th Jan 1706. John was only son of Thomas Butler, son of Edward Butler of Woodingstown, Kilkenny. He left children including a son, not named. His cousin was Kit Butler, and his will mentioned a Dr. Edward Butler of Derreloaskene, Tipperary, and lands at Ballinglas, Balliga and Culminougy. Lucy may have been the sister of Peregrine Butler of Dungarven, Co Waterford, mentioned in his will of 1758, BTR 245, in which he described her as Lucy Butler of London (co-Executrix.) Lucy and her husband were obviously on close personal terms with Walter Butler, Sir Toby Butler, and the Duke’s attorney-general Thomas Butler. (This may be Thomas Butler admitted to The Inner Temple- Inns of Court- on 23/10/1669, described as “Grandson of the Rt. Hon. James, Duke of Ormonde[20]. Whether this was an illegitimate line is not clear, as there was no legitimate grandson named Thomas.) Notably all of those mentioned in the case- Sir Toby Butler (also on the Inner Temple Admissions Register with both sons James and Jordan), Sir Lawrence Esmonde, Sir Redmond Everard, James Hacket Esq., Thomas Butler Esq., and Walter Butler, were all close relatives of Ormonde.
The James Hackett in question, may be the “Mr Hackett, an Irish gentleman” who purchased the attainted 2nd Duke of Ormonde’s London residence in St James’s Square for ₤7,500. [21] The Hacketts were closely associated with the Ormond family back in Ireland.
German Street, where Lucy had lodgings, and where they all met, is near St James’s Park which is also near St James’s Palace in Westminster.
James Hackett was living in the ‘Bewford’ (viz. Beauford) Buildings just east of Whitehall, but west of the Savoy, near Exchange St and Burleigh St, off the Strand backing on the Thames. Strype describes them as having been built on property formerly belonging to Henry Duke of Beaufort (previously Worcester House), on which “very fair and good houses built, well inhabited, generally by gentry, especially in the part near the Thames which is much broader.”[22]  A couple of streets north of this area is the Lincoln Inn Fields which borders Lincoln’s Inn. The houses in this area were inhabited by lawyers, and Lincoln Inn Fields was laid out in 1630, and was the largest public square in London.

Irish Court of Chancery- Equity Exchequer Bill Book entries:


In the Irish Court of Chancery, before reforms of the 19th century, proceedings were initiated by a bill of complaint in which the plaintiff complained by it to the Lord Chancellor and prayed relief. When the bill was filed the defendant was subpoenaed to appear, and on his appearance filed an answer. Most of the bills referred to disputes about property of various kinds and attempts to prove ownership.

There are several references to a Walter Butler in the Equity Exchequer Bill Books [23]:
Equity Exchequer bill books v. 19- v.21, 1714-1719- (LDS- VAULT British Film [2262646]

Equity Exchequer Bill Books 1714-1716 (Volume 19)
1.    (Page 6) BILL
29th January 1714

Walter Butler  Pt
Richard Maurice
John Maurice                  
Thomas Egan &
Martin Shortall

2.    (Page 207)  BILL
2 May 1716
Walter Butler    Pt
Pierce Butler &                                    
Elizabeth his wife 
(Could this possibly refer to Walter’s nephew, son of brother Edward, named Pierce, or son of brother James, also Pierce?)

3.    Page 215  BILL
9 May 1716
John Grahams  Pt
John Hayes,
Walter Butler,
William Phillips,
Garrett Byrne,*
Daniel Keoghe,
Arthur King,
Garrett Redmond,*
William Mahon,
and Henry Long,
(NB * Garrett Redmond, of Redmond Hall at The Hook, Wexford, was a witness of Walter’s will.
*Garrett Byrne of Ballymanus, Co Wicklow?, or of Coolgreany- long association with the Butlers)

4.    Page 216   BILL
10 May 1716
          Edward Jacob
          Walter Butler,
Owen Redmond,
Patrick Cogley,*
Bonaventure Kinley,
Thomas Mahon,
and Garrett Redmond, 
(NB * Patrick Cogley and Garrett Redmond witnesses to Walter’s will)

5.    Page 252   BILL
16 June 1716
William Thompson
Walter Butler,
Patrick Quigly,
William Sandwith
Henery Archer,
Francis Toplady
Terence Murphy and __ Murphy
Edward Kenney  (Colonel)
And Ann Yalldy(?), Defts
(NB. Edward Kenny a neighbour of Walter Butler)

6.    Page 278  BILL
July 1716
Eustace Power
Walter Butler,
John Jones,
Patrick Cogley,
William Coming
William Magrath,
Thomas Bulger,
Owen Redmond,
Thomas Byrne,
Denis Patrick,
Jas Byrne
Garrett Redmond
And Pat Cullen,

7.    Page 365
2 March 1716
Walter Butler Esq.
William Wilkinson 

8.    Equity Exchequer Bill Books 1717-1718 (Volume 20)
Page 64  BILL
12 July 1717
John Lord Bp (Lord Bishop of Clogher- On Privy Council for Kingdom of Ireland in Oct 1714)[24]
Coll. Walter Butler, (Senior or Junior?)

The following bill occurred within a few weeks of the death of Walter Butler Senior, the full transcript of which is discussed in full later on. It relates to a long term lease granted to Eustace Power by Walter Butler, which was now in dispute due to Walter’s death, and the subsequent disposal of Walter’s estate by his executors.

9.    Page 98   BILL
19 Nov 1717
Eustace Power
v.                                                                                Coghlan  Co.
Walter Butler                                                              Draycott  Att
James Butler &                  1718 May 7                       Doyle Jas.   Dory (?) Roberts
Theobald Butler
(ie. Walter Butler Jnr, Col James Butler of Garryhundon, Sir Theobald als Toby Butler Councillor-at-law- executors to estate of Walter Butler Senior of Munfin)


Death of Walter Butler Senior, and his wife Eleanor:

Walter’s wife Eleanor had died many years before him, being described in his 1705 petition as “the late Lord Galmoy’s mother”. Butler historian, Theobald Blake Butler suggested that Eleanor was deceased by 28 May 1685 as she was no longer included in a Chancery Bill of that date, lodged by her brother-in-law against her son Lord Galmoy, and her husband Walter, whereas in all previous property disputes within the family, her name was included. 
(ref: T. Blake Butler, Genealogy of the Butlers, Vol.7: Galmoy, LDS, FHL British Film 823248 -no page numbers)

Colonel Walter Butler Senior died 28th Sept, 1717 and left a will  [25]:
BTR 305:- Walter Butler gent. Monphin (Wexford); 
Date 27 Sept 1717; Probate 13 Nov 1717.
Son.  Colonel Walter. 
Daughter-in-law. Mary. (viz. Mary Long of Athelhampton, Dorset)
Grandchildren mentioned, but not by name (although Blake Butler states that Walter’s will has: ‘Grandson and heir Walter Butler’)
Kinsman & Executor: Colonel James Butler of Garryhundone. (Blake Butler also has Sir Theobald Butler Councillor-at-law as a second executor, taken from Exchequer Bill 19 Nov 1717)
Witnesses: Caesar Colclough; James Kavanagh; Garrett Redmund; Patrick Cogly; Bryan Kavanagh.
 (NB. the grandchildren were named in Exch Bill 19 Nov 1717, in a case of disputed property following the death of Col Walter- see below .)

Walter’s  witnesses give us a clue to his close friends and associates:
Caesar Colcough’s family had a long and closely related relationship with the Butlers of Kayer, and Patrick Colclough Esq. and Walter Butler of Munphin. Walter’s witness was either, Caesar Colclough of Tintern Abbey (1696-1766) grandson of Patrick Colclough of Mochury and the Duffry, or Caesar Colclough of Rosegarland (1660-1726), son of Anthony Colclough of Rathin, and brother-in-law of James Butler of Ballinleg. Both were cousins of Walter Butler’s brother James’s wife Mary Colclough (dau of John Colclough).
The Kavanaghs of Borris/ Polmonty, and of Clonmullen, were septs of the powerful family of McMurrough Kavanaghs, descendants of the Kings of Leinster, and again, held a long association with the Butlers of Kayer and Munphin- both Kavanagh families shared kinship with the Butlers.
Col. James Butler of Garryhundon (co. Carlow) was the second son of Thomas Butler 3rd Baronet of Cloghgrennan, and James’s son Richard Butler became the 5th Baronet- descendants of the 9th Earl of Ormond’s son Sir Edmond Butler, who led the Rebellion of 1569. James’s illegitimate son, William Butler, of Ballycooge had a son Richard who settled in Banoge near Gorey in northern Wexford and a daughter Catherine who married a Richard Butler also of Banoge. Walter names James as “kinsman” and the degree of kinship is unknown at this time. They had kinship through their mutual relatives, the Colcloughs; and they were distantly related as descendants of Piers Butler 8th Earl of Ormond,- any closer family ties are unknown. Col. James Butler died in 1723.
Garrett Redmund was from the distinguished Redmund family originally from Redmund Hall at “The Hook” in SW Wexford (which passed into the hands of the Talbot family and became known as Talbot Hall). Garrett and Owen Redmond were named with Walter Butler on several of the aforementioned Chancery Bills.
Sir Theobald Butler Counsellor-at law (better known as Sir Toby) had a close relationship with Walter Butler throughout their lives. Sir Toby died 1720, which explains why Sir James carried on as executor without him.  Sir Toby was buried in the graveyard attached to St James’s Church in James’s Street Dublin. It was the largest and most impressive monument in the cemetery. It is now closed and the cemetery is overgrown and the family vault is silted up.

A translation of the Latin on Sir Toby's monument appeared in the Irish Builder, 1877, 19, p15:
This bust is a likeness of Sir Theobald Butler, an Irish lawyer, an honour to the laws, his name and his country, invested, not exalted, with the equestrian dignity. An advocate, judicious, upright, polished, eloquent, excelling in the native and his legal dialect, not in partial justice, not in search of favours, not in flattering language, but in weight of arguments, innate force of genius and a consummate knowledge of the laws. A man whose eloquence, an unsullied faith, gravity tempered with much humour and affability, whom a sincere and virtuous course of life, and a mind the guardian of virtue, segacious to unfold the intricacies of the law, have raised to the summit of fame, and might also, were it not for his religion, have raised him no doubt to that of fortune. He died aged 70 the 11th of March MDCCXX (1721 New Style), inferior only to death. James his eldest son erects this monument to his most worthy father.
(ref: St James Graveyard, Dublin~ History and Associations, St James Graveyard Project, St James Development Association, Dublin 1988 -PDF)

In Penal times, Catholics were forbidden to maintain their own cemeteries and had to use Church of Ireland graveyards. The Church if Ireland graveyard of St James was the one most used by Dublin Catholics such as Sir Toby Butler. Whether Walter Butler was buried there or in Wexford, maybe near the Abbey in Ferns, or the old Catholic cemetery at Templeshannon, is speculation.

Property Disputes after Walter Butler’s death:

The question of what became of Walter Butler’s estate of Munphin is closely tied up with the circumstances of his only son and heir Walter Junior, and the devastating Penal Laws that were being increasingly introduced to remove the rights of Catholics and reduce their vast landholdings in Ireland.

The Bill dated 19 November 1717, also reveals the exact date of Walter Butler’s death, and the names of his grandsons:

Eustace Power 
Walter, James and Theobald Butler (viz., son Walter Jnr, and executors James of Garryhundon and Sir Theobald Councillor-at-law):

Eustace Power of Moyddy Co Wexford, farmer;
Shows that on 3 Nov 1716 he brought a bill of complaint against Walter Butler late of Munfin Co Wexford deceased, and others (named) that Col. Edward Kenny and Frances his wife owned Collatten (etc) in barony of Scarwalsh.
In 1684 Kenny demised lands to Colonel Walter Butler of Munfin Co Wexford, Senior, for life.
Colonel Butler in June 1710 set all farm of Moyedy to Suplt. for 31 years but now Col. Butler confederating with (names) con (?trived) to deprive Suptl. of his Interest. Col. Butler hearing that lease was lost brought action for trespass and on 1st October 1716 caused his steward to enter Suplt.’s farm and drive his cattle to Shurlogh and then to Munfin.
Proceedings- Soon after Butler died 28 September 1717 possessing the premises.
Walter Butler left issue an only son Walter Butler who had two sons viz. Walter and Piers Butler and three daughters.
Walter Butler Senior by his will left Walter Butler his heir as one of executors along with Col James Butler of Garryhundon and Ballintemple and Theobald Butler called Sir Theobald Butler of Dublin Councillor-at-law.
Suplt. begs writ etc.
(NB. Coolatin and Moyeady are a couple of miles north of Munfin along the Slaney River, near Tombrick)

Walter’s death led to a number of Chancery and Equity Exchequer Court cases. The property disputes continued many years after his death as the following cases reveal: [26]

Equity Exchequer Bill Books:
Volume 20, p112
7 December 1717-
 James Butler executor of Walter Butler of Munfin
William Wilkinson- Ans 20 Feb 1717/18

Vol. 20 p137
31 January 1717/18-
James Butler executor of Walter Butler
Eustace Power
Edmond Power 
Edward Kenny
William Hack

Vol. 21 p97
13 February 1718/19 -Exchequer Bill:
Sir Walter Butler Bt (of Poolestown Co Kilkenny)
Col. Walter Butler
Mary Butler.

Vol. 21, p180
2 May 1718
Eustace Power
James Butler
Edward Kenny
Walter Butler
Mary his wife
Patrick Cogley
John Davys
Ian Purchan(?)
James Cavanagh
Owen Redmond
Garrett Redmond
William Cowming
Owen Conners

(T. Blake Butler- ref. Unknown, but may be the same as above)
8 May 1718
Eustace Power
James Butler,
Walter Butler
and Mary his wife.

Vol. 21, p190
10 May 1718-
William Flower Esq.
James Butler
Walter Butler


The fate of Munphin House and the Munphin estate:

The following document  reveals that the Walter’s estate was ‘conveyed’ to William Bridges:
Equity and Exchange Bill 23 October 1722 (or 1723) [27]
Robert Dixon and Mary his wife
William Bridges
Suplt. Robert Dixon and Mary Dixon also Lambert his wife of Calverstown Co Kildare adminix of her late husband Patrick Lambert late of Domine Co Wexford;
Show that Walter Butler late of Munfin Co Wexford in 1691 executed a Bond to the said Patrick Lambert of £800 payment of a loan of £400 lent by him to said Walter Butler, who neglecting to pay in due course the said Patrick entered judgement against said Butler in 1691 and died in 1695 intestate with__ (? out?) receiving any satisfaction. Suplt’s demanded payments from James Butler executor of said Walter Butler but he insists that Walter Butler (who died 1714 -?) had in his lifetime discharged said debt.
James Butler (the executor) conveyed all the lands which the said Walter Butler had possessed to William Bridges who insists against Suplt said action and who says that Suplt was paid by Walter Butler and that he was given release though such a thing was never mentioned by James Butler his executor. In 1720 Suplts took out judgement against Walter Butler the heir of the said Walter Butler Snr.
Begs answer (etc.)

(NB there is no townland named Domine in Co Wexford. Could this refer to Dunanore near Clough/Kayer, or Dunamore near Old Ross, or Dunsinane near Templescoby?)

William Bridges was appointed a Justice of the Peace for the County of Wexford 23 October 1718. [28]
Notably, a William Bridges died 2 Nov 1790 aged 40, viz, b.1750, and was buried at Templeshanbo. One would assume this was a son or grandson of the above William Bridges.[29] In the Griffiths Valuation c.1853, 327 acres plus 77 acres of wood held in fee of a total of 437 acres  of Lower Mountfin/Ballinturner was owned by Rev. Henry B. Bridges, and the house of Mountfin, offices and land comprising 154 acres was valued at £20 buildings and £103 land, total ₤123. One would assume that he was a descendant of William Bridges. Rev. Bridges also owned 330 acres of a total of 345 acres in Mountfin Upper, part of which was a RC chapel and graveyard, value ₤15.

Whether the Butlers continued to live at Munphin House after this property transaction is unknown. They continued to be referred to as the Butlers of Munphin. Walter Butler's son and heir, also Walter Butler (Junior), led an extraordinary life in exile, and married into the most prominent families in England linked to the royal family by blood. His story will be explored in the next chapters.

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Link back to Introduction

Links to the Butlers of Munphin Co. Wexford on this blog:

Walter Butler Senior of Munphin, Co. Wexford, c.1640-1717, Part I
Walter Butler of Munphin (c.1640-1717), Part II
Walter Butler of Munphin (c.1640-1717), Part III
Walter Butler Junior of Munphin (1674-1725) Part I- exile to France in 1690
Walter Butler Junior of Munphin (1674-1725) Part II- Military record
Walter Butler Junior of Munphin (1674-1725) Part III- Marriage to Mary Long
Walter Butler Junior of Munphin (1674-1725) Part IV- Last years

Links to all of the chapters in this blog:

Pierce Butler of Kayer Co. Wexford (the elder) c.1540-1599
Edward Butler of Kayer Co. Wexford, 1577-1628
Pierce Butler of Kayer and Moneyhore (the younger), c.1600-1652, Part I
Pierce Butler of Kayer and Moneyhore Part II- Pierce Butler's role in the 1642-49 Catholic Confederate Rebellion
Pierce Butler of Kayer and Moneyhore Part III- Depositions against Pierce Butler of Kayer on his role in the 1642-49 Catholic Confederate Rebellion
Pierce Butler of Kayer and Moneyhore Part IV- Land Ownership by the Butlers in County Wexford
Pierce Butler of Kayer and Moneyhore Part V- Pierce Butler and the Cromwellian Confiscations of 1652-56
Sons of Pierce Butler of Kayer and Moneyhore- Edward, James, John, & Walter
Walter Butler of Munphin, Co. Wexford, c.1640-1717, Part I
Walter Butler of Munphin, Part II
Walter Butler of Munphin, Part III
Walter Butler Junior of Munphin (1674-1725) Part I- exile to France in 1690
Walter Butler Junior of Munphin (1674-1725) Part II- Military record
Walter Butler Junior of Munphin (1674-1725) Part III- Marriage to Mary Long
Walter Butler Junior of Munphin (1674-1725) Part IV- Last years
Younger sons of Richard 1st Viscount Mountgarrett: John Butler of New Ross, Thomas Butler of Castlecomer, James and Theobald Butler:
James Butler of Dowganstown and Tullow Co Carlow- 2nd son of Pierce Butler of Kayer (the elder):

Pedigree of Butlers of Ireland, and Ancestry of Butlers of Ireland, and County Wexford:

The MacRichard Line- Ancestors of the Butlers of Wexford

[1] John D’Alton, Illustrations, Historical & Genealogical of King James’s Irish Army List, pub. Dublin 1855, p 102, 104
[2] Theobald Blake Butler (TBB), Genealogy of the Butlers,-Volume 8, Viscount Mountgarrett and Poolestown, Bart, Chapter- Butler, Viscount Mountgarrett (no page numbers);filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah (LDS) FHL British Film [873840]. Also Equity & Exchequer Bill Books filmed by the LDS, v 19-v21 (1714-1719) Vault British Film 2262446- Chichester House Claim No 3082; also Claim no 643 and 1972.
[3] (TBB) Repertory of MSS Vols PRO destroyed
[4] Matthew Ford’s (of Coolgreeny, Inch, Co Wexford) wife Margaret Hamilton’s mother was the sister of the Duke of Ormond, and therefore Margaret was cousin to Lord Galmoy’s wife Ann Mathew (dau. of the Duke’s half brother Theoald Mathew).
[5] (TBB) Chichester House claims Nos 643, 1173, 1627, 1972, 2155, 2680, 2723.
[6] John Ryan, The History and Antiquities of the Co. of Carlow, 1833, transcribed by Terry Curran 2008 for the Ireland Genealogical Projects-
[7] SP Ireland 355, No 71 (or 7i) Cal.SP ,Dom, William III, Mary II, Entry No 87, Page No. 15 date Jan 23, 1693 Visc. Sydney to Earl of Nottingham, Place of Writing Dublin Castle
[8] Cal.SP, Dom, William III, Entry No. 506, page no. 102, undated (1695) Petition of Sir Thos Hacket, Kt, and Dudley Colclough etc.
[9] Journal of the House of Lords, Vol 17:1701-1705, 26 Feb 1703, pp318-319 (also see pp305-315, 24 Feb, and 316-17, 25 Feb) URL:  Date accessed 05 Dec 2007.
[10] House of Lords: Journal Office: Main Papers 1700-1718: File- Main Papers 1892-1916- ref: HL/PO/JO/10/6/43 date 1 Feb 1703-9 Nov 1703; Item sale of forfeited Estates in Ireland Act- ref HL/PO/JO/10/6/43/1906- date 23 Feb 1703; b) 25 Feb- Petition of Walter Butler- UK Archives-
[11] The Manuscripts of the House of Lords 1702-1704, vol 5, 1910, pages 218-220
[12] Ireland Trustees for the Sale of the Forfeited Estates, Forfeitures in the (1) cou nty of  Wicklow and Wexford, (2) county of Kilkenny, consisting of the farms and lands following, will be expos’d to sale at Chichester-house, Dublin, on (1) Sat 17th day of April 1703, (2)20th day of April 1703. By cant to the best bidder. Dublin 1703, Eighteenth Century Collections online, Gale, National Library of Australia 10 Mar 2010.
[13] Butler, Walter, Colonel. The Case of collonel Walter Butler, of Munphin, in the county of Wexford, in the Kingdom of Ireland. [n.p.], [1705?]. The Making of the Modern World. Gale 2008. Gale, Cengage Learning. National Library of Australia. 02 December 2008
Gale Document No U100432074
[14] The Discovery Bill under the Penal Laws- a discoverer could file a bill in the Court of Chancery against a Catholic with a legally deficient lease, and claim the lease for his own benefit.
[15] The Post Boy, Thursday 15 Sept 1709, issue 2238, British Library Newspaper Burnley Collection
[16] Index to the tenth [to thirty-third] volume. [1688-1772]. [London?], [1772?]. The Making of the Modern World. Gale 2009. Gale, Cengage Learning. National Library of Australia. 23 December 2009 <>
Gale Document Number: U3601575732
[17] The Post Boy, April 1, 1708, British Library Newspaper Burnley Collection
[18] The Post Boy, Saturday August 22, 1713 issue 2854- Advertisements section- British Library Newspaper Burnley Collection
[19] Butler Testamentary Records, BTR No. 226, The Butler Society
[20] The Inner Temple Admissions Database (online)
[21] John Cornelius O’Callaghan, History of the Irish Brigades in the Service of France, op.cit p411.
[22] John Strype, A Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster, London, 1710 (reprint- 1st pub by John Stow 1598), The Stuart London Project, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield,
[23] Equity Exchequer Bill Books 1674-1850- Court of Exchequer Ireland; filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah 2001 (LDS)- Volume 19-21 1714-1719, VAULT British Film [2262646]; 1714-1716 Volume 19, and 1717-1718 Vol 20
[24] Post Man & the Historical Account (London newspaper) Sat Oct 23, 1714 issue 11050- List of Privy Councillors
[25] Butler Testamentary Records No 305 (Butler Society); (TBB) also see Betham Vol 4, page 7 in which Walter Butler’s arms are given; also Exchequer and Equity Court Bill 19 Nov 1717.
[26]  Theobald Blake Butler (TBB), Genealogy of the Butlers,-Volume 8, Viscount Mountgarrett and Poolestown, Bart, Chapter- Butler, Viscount Mountgarrett (no page numbers);filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah (LDS) FHL British Film [873840]. Also Equity & Exchequer Bill Books filmed by the LDS, v 19-v21 (1714-1719) Vault British Film 2262446; And, Chancery Court and Exchequer Bills: Ms. No. 669 Court and Exchequer bills, 1700-1719- FHL British Film [257820 Item 1], filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1950, 1959 (LDS)
[27] (TBB) Equity and Exchequer Bill dated 23 October 1722 (NB. elsewhere in his “Genealogy..” Vol 8, TBB has the year as 1723) Robert Dixon & Mary v. Wm Bridges.
[28] Joseph P. Swan, The Justices of the Peace for the Co. of Wexford, Source; The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 5th Series, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Mar, 1894), p65-72, Pub. Royal Soc. of Antiquaries of Ireland, Stable URL:
[29] Brian J. Cantwell, Memorials of the Dead, CD., op.cit, p216 St Columns Church of Ireland.