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Elizabeth Hereford (Darcy), Countess of Ormond

Also Known As: "Butler", "Lady Elizabeth Hereford"
Birthplace: Platten, County Meath, Ireland
Death: March 24, 1390 (57)
Knocktopher, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Place of Burial: County Kilkenny, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir John "Le Neveu" Darcy, 1st Baron Darcy of Knaith and Joan de Burgh, Countess of Kildare
Wife of Sir Roger Hertforth; James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormond and Sir Robert de Hereford
Mother of Johanna Hertforth; Jean Butler; James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond; Ralph Butler; Thomas Butler, Justice of Cork and 2 others
Sister of William Darcy and Anne Darcy
Half sister of Sir John Darcy, 2nd Baron Darcy of Knayth; Roger d'Arcy, 1319; John Fitz Thomas FitzGerald; Jeanne FitzGerald; Maurice FitzThomas FitzGerald, 4th Earl of Kildare and 1 other

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About Elizabeth Hereford, Countess of Ormond

Elizabeth Darcy was the daughter of Sir John Darcy, 1st Lord Darcy de Knayth and Lady Joan de Burgh.2

She married, firstly, James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormonde, son of James Butler, 1st Earl of Ormonde and Eleanor de Bohun.2 [10. JAMES BUTLER (or LE BOTILLER), Knt., 2nd Earl of Ormond, Chief Governor of Ireland, born at Kilkenny, Ireland 4 Oct. 1331 (aged 7 in 1338). He married by papal dispensation dated 15 May 1346 (they being related in the 4th degree of kindred) ELIZABETH DARCY, daughter of John Darcy, Knt., of Knaith, Lincolnshire, by his 2nd wife, Joan, 4th daughter of Richard de Burgh, Knt., 2nd Earl of Ulster, lord of Connaught.]

She married, secondly, Sir Robert de Hereford.2

Children of Elizabeth Darcy and James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormonde, four sons,

  • Ralph,
  • James [3rd Earl of Ormond],
  • Thomas, and
  • Maurice, and two daughters,
  • Eleanor (wife of Gerald Fitz Maurice, 3rd Earl of Desmond) and
  • Joan (wife of Tiege O'Carrol).


  1. [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume IV, page 244. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  2. [S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 1027. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

Elizabeth Butler, Countess of Ormond

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Elizabeth Butler (nee Darcy), Countess of Ormond (3 April 1332- 24 March 1390), was the wife of James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormond, and the mother of his six children, including James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond.

Family and lineage

Elizabeth Darcy was born on 3 April 1332 at Platten, County Meath, Ireland, the daughter of Sir John Darcy, 1st Baron Darcy of Knaith, Justiciar of Ireland, and his second wife Joan de Burgh. Sir John was a veteran of the Battle of Crecy. He held the offices of Constable of Nottingham Castle, Constable of the Tower of London, and Sheriff of Lancashire. From 1341- 1346, he was Chamberlain to King Edward III. Elizabeth had a brother Sir William Darcy, who married Catherine FitzGerald, by whom he had issue. She also had numerous half-siblings from her parents' previous marriages. Her father's first wife was Emeline Heron, by whom he had eight children, including his heir, John Darcy, 2nd Baron Darcy of Knaith. Elizabeth's mother's first husband had been Thomas FitzGerald, 2nd Earl of Kildare, by whom she had three sons, John FitzGerald, Richard FitzGerald, 3rd Earl of Kildare, and Maurice FitzGerald, 4th Earl of Kildare.

Elizabeth's paternal grandparents were Roger Darcy and Isabel d'Aton. Her maternal grandparents were Richard de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster and Margaret de Burgh, daughter of Sir John de Burgh and Hawise of Lanvaley.

One of her maternal aunts was Elizabeth de Burgh, wife of Robert the Bruce.

[edit]Marriages and children

On 15 May 1346 in Ormond, Ireland, when Elizabeth was fourteen, she married her first husband James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormond (4 October 1331- 18 October 1382), the son of James Butler, 1st Earl of Ormond and Lady Eleanor de Bohun. He was Lord Justice of Ireland in 1359, 1364, and 1376. He was also Constable of Dublin Castle in 1349. He was known as the Noble Earl, however, the Irish called him The Chaste.

Upon her marriage to the Earl, Elizabeth acceeded to the title of Countess of Ormond.

James and Elizabeth had six children:

Ralph Butler

Eleanor Butler (died 1392), married Gerald FitzMaurice FitzGerald, 3rd Earl of Desmond, by whom she had issue, including the 4th and 6th Earls of Desmond.

James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond (died 6 September 1405), before 17 June 1386, married firstly, Anne Welles, Countess of Ormond, daughter of John Welles, 4th Lord Welles and Maud de Ros, by whom he had issue, including James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormond. He married secondly, Katherine FitzGerald of Desmond, by whom he had further issue. In 1391, he purchased Kilkenny Castle.

Thomas Butler

Catherine Butler (born 1361), married firstly, Thomas Reade, by whom she had one son, Richard, and secondly, Thomas Fleming of Slane.

Joan Butler, married Tiege O' Carroll[1]

James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormond, died on 18 October 1382 in Knocktopher and was buried in Gowran Church, Co. Kilkenny. Elizabeth married secondly, Sir Robert de Hereford, Seneschal of the Liberty of Tipperary, between 28 December 1383 and 30 March 1384.[2]


Elizabeth Darcy died on 24 March 1390. She was not quite fifty-eight years old.


^ Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham,Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. p.161

^ Charles Cawley, Medieval Lands, Earls of Ormond



Charles Cawley, Medieval Lands, Earls of Ormond

Elizabeth Darcy at ThePeerage.com

Elizabeth and James were married on 15 May 1346 in Ormond, Ireland (when Elizabeth was 14 years old). Elizabeth was the Countess of Ormond.

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Elizabeth Hereford, Countess of Ormond's Timeline

April 3, 1332
Platten, County Meath, Ireland
Kilk, Kilkenny, Ireland
December 31, 1360
Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Kilkenny Castle, Kildare, Leinster, Ireland
March 24, 1390
Age 57
Knocktopher, County Kilkenny, Ireland
November 6, 1937
Age 57
November 9, 1937
Age 57
March 8, 1994
Age 57