Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Thomas Butler,Lord Ossory,was the eldest son and heir to James Butler,Duke of Ormonde and Lord Deputy of Ireland. When Ormonde attended the court in London,Ossory ruled in his stead ,and when the former was in Dublin his son went to London in his capacity as Gentleman of the Bedchamber to Charles II,thus ensuring that a Butler always had the ear of the King.Ossory was also Lord-General of the Irish army,was awarded the Garter ,and in 1673 made a rear-admiral.
Thomas Butler, Earl of Ossory1 (M)b. 8 July 1634, d. 30 July 1680,[ref #15860]
THOMAS, earl of Ossory, is well known to have sought fame in every part of Europe, and in every scene of action where it was to be acquired. In 1666, upon his return from Ireland, he paid a visit to the earl of Arlington, at his seat at Euston in Suffolk; where he happened to hear the firing or guns at sea, in the famous battle that began the first of June. He instantly prepared to go on board the fleet, where he arrived on the 3d of that month; and had the satisfaction of informing the duke of Albemarle, that prince Rupert was hastening to join him. He had his share in the glorious actions of that and the succeeding day. His reputation was much increased by his behaviour in the engagement off Southwold Bay. In 1673, he was successively made rear-admiral of the blue and the red squadrons: he having, in the battle of the 11th of August, that year, covered the Royal prince, on board of which Sir Edward Spragge commanded, and at length brought off the shattered vessel in tow. On the 10th of September following, he was, by the king, appointed admiral of the whole fleet, during the absence of prince Rupert.---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.
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