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.
24 Feb 2004, 7:46 p.m. - vincent
Thomas Butler, Earl of Ossory1 (M)
b. 8 July 1634, d. 30 July 1680,[ref #15860]
2 Jan 2014, 12:21 a.m. - Bill
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.
7 Jul 2017, 9:09 p.m. - Terry Foreman
Thomas Butler, 6th Earl of Ossory, KG, PC, PC(I) (8 July 1634 – 30 July 1680) was an Irish politician. He was born at Kilkenny Castle, the eldest son of James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde and Lady Elizabeth Preston.
His early years were spent in Ireland and France. He was an accomplished athlete and a good scholar. Having come to London in 1652 he was rightly suspected of sympathizing with the exiled royalists, and in 1655 was put into prison by Oliver Cromwell. After his release about a year later he went to the Netherlands and married Emilia von Nassau. He accompanied Charles II to England in 1660.
In 1661 Butler became a member of both the English and the Irish Houses of Commons, representing Bristol in the former and Dublin University in the latter House. In 1662 he was called to the Irish House of Lords under a writ of acceleration as Earl of Ossory. His father held the title "5th Earl of Ossory" as one of his subsidiary titles, which made Thomas Butler the 6th Earl of Ossory by courtesy. He held several military appointments;
- lieutenant-general of the army in Ireland (appointed in 1665)
- created an English peer as Lord Butler (in 1666). Almost as soon as he
appeared in the House of Lords he was imprisoned for two days for challenging the duke of Buckingham.
- Lord of the Bedchamber to Charles II (appointed in 1660), a post he held until his death.
In 1665 a fortunate accident had allowed Ossory to take part in the Battle of Lowestoft against the Dutch, and in May 1672, being now in command of a ship, he fought against the same enemies in the Battle of Solebay, serving with great distinction on both occasions. The earl was partly responsible for this latter struggle, as in March 1672, before war was declared, he had attacked the Dutch Smyrna fleet, an action which he is said to have greatly regretted later in life. Whilst visiting France in 1672 he rejected the liberal offers made by Louis XIV to induce him to enter the service of France, and returning to England he added to his high reputation by his conduct during the Battle of Texel in August 1673. From 1677 until 1679, he served alongside his father as a Lord of the Admiralty.
The earl was intimate with William, prince of Orange, and in 1677 he joined the allied army in the Netherlands, commanding the British section and winning great fame at the siege of Mons in 1678. He acted as deputy for his father, who was lord-lieutenant of Ireland, and in parliament he defended Ormonde's Irish administration with great vigour. In 1680 he was appointed governor of English Tangier, but his death prevented him from taking up his new duties.
One of his most intimate friends was John Evelyn, who eulogizes him in his Diary.
Ossory had eleven children, some prominent.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.