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Dingwall, Lord (S, 1609)


Creation: let.pat. 8 Jun 1609


Family name: Preston later Butler later Cowper later Herbert later Palmer




See Baron Lucas of Crudwell



Richard [Preston], 1st Lord Dingwall later 1st Earl of Desmond

3rd son of Richard Preston of Whitehill by his wife Helen Coutts, dau. of Alan Coutts of Bowhill




betw. Jun and Dec 1614 Lady Elizabeth Butler (widow of her cousin Theobald [Butler], 1st Viscount Butler; dspm. 10 Oct 1628; bur. in Westminster Abbey), only dau. and hrss. of Thomas [Butler], 10th Earl of Ormonde and 3rd Earl of Ossory, by his second wife Hon Elizabeth Sheffield, only dau. of John [Sheffield], 2nd Baron Sheffield

only child

1. Lady Elizabeth Preston, suo jure Lady Dingwall


s.p.m. 28 Oct 1628


8 Jun 1609 Lord Dingwall, with remainder to his heirs and assigns whatsoever [Peerage of Scotland]

11 Jul 1619 Baron Dunmore and Earl of Desmond [Peerage of Ireland], with a subsequent charter dated 7 Nov 1622 granting the reversion of the Earldom, failing heirs male of his body, to his designated son-in-law, Hon George Feilding

suc. by



one of the most favoured of the Gentlemen of the Bedchamber to King James VI; accompanied the King to England and made a Knight of the Bath at the King's Coronation 1603; acquired the Constabulary of Dingwall 1607 and purchased the lands of the Barony; his father-in-law had settled nearly all his lands on his nephew and heir male, Sir Walter Butler, of Kilcash, co. Tipperary ; the new Earl of Ormonde and Ossory refused to part with any of these to Lord Dingwall, even though the King had made an aware of these lands to his favourite, Lord Dingwall, and his wife in 1618, and as a consequence Lord Ormonde and Ossory was kept a prisoner in the Fleet Prison, London, from 1619 to 1624/5; on the Earl of Desmond's death the Earldom of Desmond passed to George [Feilding], 1st Viscount Callan, under the 1622 charter even though he had not in the end married the Earl's daughter


Lady Elizabeth Preston later Butler, suo jure Lady Dingwall


25 Jul 1615


Dec 1629 her cousin James [Butler], 1st Duke of Ormonde


1. Hon Thomas Butler (b. 1632; dvp. young)

2. Rt Hon Sir Thomas Butler KG, styled Viscount Thurles 1634-42 and Earl of Ossory 1642-80, Privy Councillor [I] 1660, Member of Parliament (Tory) de facto for Bristol 1661-66 and for University of Dublin 1661-62, Lieut Gen of the Irish Horse 1661-74, sum. v.p. to the Irish House of Lords 8 Aug 1662 in his father's Earldom of Ossory, Deputy Governor of Ireland 1664-65 and 1668-69, Lieut Gen of the Forces in Ireland 1665-80, a Gentleman of the Bedchamber 1666-80, Privy Councillor [E] 1666, sum. v.p. to the English House of Lords 14 Sep 1666 by writ as Baron Butler of Moore Park, of Moore Park in the County of Hertford, Knight of the Garter 1672, Envoy to France 1672, Rear-Admiral of the Blue 1673, Vice-Admiral of the Red 1673 and Commander-in-Chief of the Nore 1673, Master of the Trinity House 1675-76, a Commissioner of the Admiralty 1675-79, Chamberlain to the Queen 1676-80, Governor of Tangier 1680 (b. 8 Jul 1634; dvp. 30 Jul 1680), mar. 7 Nov 1659 Emilia of Nassau (bur. 12 Dec 1688), 1st dau. of Louis of Nassau, Lord of Auverquerque (illeg. son of Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange, by his mistress Margaretha van Mechelan), by his wife Elizabeth van Hoorn, dau. of Graaf van Hoorn, and had issue:

1a. Hon James Butler, later 2nd Baron Butler of Moore Park later 3rd Lord Dingwall later 2nd Duke of Ormonde

2a. Hon Charles Butler, later 1st Earl of Arran

1a. Lady Henrietta Butler (d. 11 Oct 1724), mar. 12 Jan 1697 her cousin Henry [D'Auverquerque], 1st Earl of Grantham, and had issue

2a. Lady Elizabeth Butler (d. 5 Jul 1717), mar. 10 Jul 1673 William George Richard [Stanley], 9th Earl of Derby, and had issue

3. Hon Richard Butler, later 1st Earl of Arran

4. Hon John Butler, later 1st Earl of Gowran

1. Lady Elizabeth Butler (b/ 29 Jun 1640; dspms. Jul 1665), mar. bef. 25 Sep 1660 as his second wife Philip [Stanhope], 2nd Earl of Chesterfield, and had issue

2. Lady M


21 Jul 1684

suc. by




James [Butler], 2nd Baron Butler of Moore Park later 3rd Lord Dingwall later 2nd Duke of Ormonde, KG PC


26 Apr 1665

mar. (1)

20 Jul 1682 Lady Anne Hyde (d. 25 Jan 1684/5), 1st dau. of Laurence [Hyde], 1st Earl of Rochester, by his wife Lady Henrietta Boyle, 4th dau. of Richard [Boyle], 2nd Earl of Cork and 1st Earl of Burlington

only child by first wife

1. Lady Mary Butler (d. 1688)

mar. (2)

3 Aug 1685 Lady Mary Somerset, Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Anne 1702-14 (b. c. 1665; d. 19 Nov 1733), 2nd dau. of Henry [Somerset], 1st Duke of Beaufort, by his wife Hon Mary Seymour, widow of Lord Henry Seymour, styled Lord Beauchamp, and 1st dau. of Arthur [Capell], 1st Baron Capell

children by second wife

1. Lord Thomas Butler, styled Earl of Ossory (b. 24 Sep 1686; dvp. 26 Feb 1688/9)

2. Lady Elizabeth Butler (d. 20 Apr 1750), claimant to the Scottish Lordship of Dingwall and the English Barony of Butler of Moore Park

3. Lady Mary Butler (b. c.1681; dspvp. 2 Jan 1712/3), mar. 21 Oct 1710 as his first wife John [Ashburnham], 1st Earl of Ashburnham


s.p.m.s. 5 Nov 1745

suc. by



suc. his father 30 Jul 1680 as 2nd Baron Butler of Moore Park but was styled Earl of Ossory; suc. his grandmother 21 Jul 1684 as 3rd Lord Dingwall; a Gentleman of the Bedchamber 1685-88 and 1688/9-1698/9; suc. his grandfather as 2nd Duke of Ormonde 21 Jul 1688; Chancellor of the Universities of Oxford and Dublin, High Steward of Westminster and Bristol and Governor of the Charterhouse 1688-1714; Knight of the Garter 1688; Lord High Constable of England at the Coronation of King William III 1689; Col of the 2nd Troop of Lifeguards 1689-1712, Maj Gen 1692, Lieut Gen 1694, General of the Horse 1702; present at the Battles of the Boyne 1690, Steinkirk 1692 and Landen 1693 and the Siege of Namur 1695; Privy Councillor [I] 1690 and 1702 and [E] 1696-1714; Lord Lieutenant of Somerset 1690/1-1714 and of Norfolk 1713-14; High Steward of Exeter 1697-1715; Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1702/3-07 and 1710-13; Col of the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards and Commander-in-Chief 1712; Constable of Dover Castle and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports 1713-14; deprived of all offices and commands on the accession of King George I 1714; supported King James II and fled to France; attainted 1715 when all his Irish, English and Scottish honours were forfeited


On the death of the 2nd Duke of Ormonde in 1745 any claim to either the Scottish Lordship of Dingwall or the English Barony of Butler of Moore Park passed to his surviving daughter, Lady Elizabeth Butler. On her death five years later the claim passed to her uncle, Charles [Butler], 1st Earl of Arran, and following his death in 1758 the claim to these two titles passed to his next niece, Lady Frances Elliott, eldest dau. and cohrss. of his sister, Henrietta, Countess of Grantham, and then to her nephew, George Nassau [Clavering-Cowper], 3rd Earl Cowper, and eventually to his great-grandson Francis Thomas de Grey [Cowper], 7th Earl Cowper, who in 1871 had the 1715 attainder of the 2nd Duke of Ormonde reversed and was declared by the House of Lords to be entitled to both the Scottish Lordship of Dingwall and the English Barony of Butler of Moore Park as heir-general of the 2nd Duke of Ormonde.


Francis Thomas de Grey [Cowper] 7th Earl Cowper, 3rd Baron Butler of Moore Park, 4th Lord Dingwall and 8th Baron Lucas of Crudwell


11 Jun 1834


25 Oct 1870 Lady Katrine Cecilia Compton (b. 26 Jul 1845; d. 23 Mar 1913), 1st dau. of William [Compton], 4th Marquess of Northampton, by his wife Eliza Elliot, 2nd dau. of Adm Hon Sir George Elliot KCB (2nd son of Gilbert [Elliot Murray Kynynmound], 1st Earl of Minto)


s.p. 19 Jul 1905


Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of Bedfordshire 1861-1905; Knight of the Garter 1865; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery 1869-74; Privy Councillor 1871; on 15 Aug 1871 he was declared to have inherited, as heir general of Thomas [Butler], 1st Baron Butler of Moore Park, styled Earl of Ossory, eldest son of James [Butler], 1st Duke of Ormonde, the Barony of Butler of Moore Park, of Moore Park in the County of Hampshire, in the Peerage of England (writ sum. 14 Sep 1666), and the Lordship of Dingwall in the Peerage of Scotland (cr. 8 Jun 1609), the attainder affecting those titles having been reversed in that year; Captain of the Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms 1871-74; Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1880-82; suc. his mother as 8th Baron Lucas of Crudwell 25 Jul 1880; High Steward of Colchester 1883


On the death of the 7th Earl Cowper in 1905 the Princedom of the Holy Roman Empire, the Earldom and Barony of Cowper and the Viscountcy of Fordwich became extinct, the Barony of Butler of Moore Park fell into abeyance among his sisters and their heirs, and the Lordship of Dingwall and the Barony of Lucas of Crudwell devolved on his nephew, Auberon Thomas Herbert, as the heir general of the original grantees of those titles.


The Lordship of Dingwall has shared a common descent with the Barony of Lucas of Crudwell since 1905.


First written 5 Apr 2010



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