For brevity, "B. T. R.." signifies W. Clare’s Butler Testamentary Records, references to which are given by document-, not page-, numbers; and "per…….." means "according to information received from ….…".
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The Butler ancestry of the following is sought:
30. Anna Maria, nee Butler (b. 1 799) wife of W.F. Bentley.
She was da. "of a Butler and a Lady Thompson or of Thomas Butler and Ann Sullivan of Cork", and was 2nd wife of William Frederic Bentley (per her great-grandson’s wife, Mrs Mulock-Bentley of Eshowe, Zululand).
Comment- If Cork is really a clue, Anna Maria’s father might be the Thomas who was 5. of Edward Butler of Loghane, Muskerry, Co. Cork (B.T.R. 173 and 336).
31. Baillis Butler (b. in Westmoreland Co., Virginia, 1779).
A colonel, he served in the 1812 War (per his descendant, W.J. Butler of Illinois).
Comment- He may have descended from one of Thomas Boteler’s 5 sons who fled, ca. 1650, to Westmoreland Co. (see Q.47).
32. Edward Butler, immigrant (d.. in Wilkes Co., Georgia, 1809).
He emigrated, 1736/58, from Ireland with his mother, Susannah, wife, Elizabeth, and children. His Will named his issue: John, Elizabeth, Kitty, Nancy, Zacchariah (b. in Ireland, 1736; d. in Elbert Co., Ga., 1838). David and Lucy (per M. Butler Evans of Alabaster, U.S.A.).
Comment- A Susanna, widow of Edward Butler of Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, was granted, 1751, administration of that Edward’s estate (B.T.R. 337).
33. Eleanor Butler (d. 1468 ) supposed fiancee of King Edward IV.
The enquirer is Mrs Legg of 5 Reculver Walk, Maidstone, Kent.
Comment- Even The Complete Peerage is reticent about Eleanor’s parentage. But C.A. Crofton, an authority on the subject, has kindly confirmed she was da. of John Talbot, 1st E. of Shrewsbury [Rolls ofParlt,1 R. III, VI, f.241; and the 1st Earl’s 1452 Will, mentioning his "dowghter, Elianore", printed in Transactions, Salop Arch. & N..H. Soc.; most of the Shrewsbury MSS are in the Brit. Museum]. So her father happened to be grandson of Pernel, da. of James, 1st E. of Ormond, while her half-bro., John, 2nd E. of Shrewsbury, m. Elizabeth, da. of James, 4th E. of Ormond. Eleanor had, by 1452, m. Sir Thomas Butler, 5. of Ralph (d. 1473), 1st and last Baron Sudeley by patent and a descendant from the E. of Leicester’s butler, Ralph le Botiller (d.ca.1281) of Oversley, Warwickshire. Sir Thomas died s.p., by 1468 and probably by 1464. Eleanor died s.p., 30 June 1468 [Ch. Inq. p. m., 8 E. IV, No.39 ].
Posthumously she left her mark on history. For, on the sudden death of Edward IV in 1483, it was bruited abroad that by 1464 he had "stode maryed" to her. The "Princes in the Tower" (by Elizabeth Woodville whom he secretly espoused, 1 May 1464) were accordingly deemed bastards and Richard III was crowned in their stead [Rolls of Parlt, supra; Philippe de Comines, Memoires; Baker, Chronicles of Kings of England, 232; The Genealogist, N.S., V, 199]. Crofton believes Eleanor was Edward’s mistress but doubts he promised to marry her. Such a pledge could only have been made when she was a widow.
34. Henry Butler (1798-1852), emigrant from Ireland to Canada..
He emigrated with at least one bro., James, and married in Canada or Detroit, Michigan. Henry had 3 das. and 5 s., including Henry (1838-1910) who m. in Arkansas, Louisa Tomberland (per their grandson, D.F. Butler, Jr, of Wetumpka, Alabama).
Comment- Although contemporary, the Henry Butler who migrated to Quebec, 1810/18 [see Q.11] seems to be another Henry.
35. Isobel, nee Butler, wife (m. 1737) of John Fitzgerald.
She is believed to be of Kilmoodan or Kilvoleghan and perhaps qf the family of Sir Toby Butler (1650-1720). At her marriage feast, 9 Aug. 1737, her husband, the Knight of Glin, danced himself to death (per the present Knight of Glin).
Comment- Kilmoodan could mean Kilmead, a Fitzgerald residence, or Kilmeedan, a Le Poer stronghold. Again, Kilvoleghan could be a corruption of Kilmoyler which was variously spelt Kilmoligher and Kilveager; if so, Isobel may be descended from Pierce, 7th s. of 9th E. of Ormond, e.g. da. of Thomas, s. of Theobald of Kilmoyler, Co. Tipp. (whose sister was Sir Toby’s mother), s. of James Butler of Kilmoyler (whose 1st cousin, Margaret, nee Butler, m. Maurice Fitzgerald of Lackagh, Co. Kildare).
36. James Butler (ca. 1 700) of Clonachona, Co. Carlow.
His younger s., William (d. 1737) of Ballycooge, Co. Wicklow, m., 1731, Anne, da. of R. Pierce of Kilpipe, Co. Wicklow and had a son, Richard (1824) of Banogue, Gorey, Co. Wexford (see also Q.29 Addenda below) whose 7th s., George (1786-1841) of Banogue (see also Q.55) had a 2nd s., Henry (1822-82) of Banogue (per this Henry’s Family Bible). Clonachona is Broomville, just N.E. of Ballintemple (O.S. 1908 Map, Carlow, Sheet 14).
Comment- We are indebted for the above information to Jim Butler of Texas and his parents of Dublin. Jim is s. of James (b. 1906, who hit the headlines in 1934 when he foiled an armed Bank-robber), s. of James (1857-1935), s. of the above Henry.
William Paul Butler was of Broomville. He was 4th s. of Sir Richard (1699-1771), 5th Bt., s. of James who, being 2nd s. of Sir Thomas, 3rd Bt., of Garryhundon, Co. Carlow, was very likely of Clonachona and the James in question. The Will of 23 Aug. 1720 of James, s. of Sir Thomas, was proved, 14 March 1723, in Armagh Prerogative Court (Cockayne, Complete Baronetage).
37. James Butler (b.ca. 1800) of Ross Commons, Co. Clare.
By his wife, Mary, nee McKenna, he had Thomas James (b. at Ross Commons, ca. 1830; d. 1872; interred at Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A.) who m., 1861, Anne McGuire, born in Co. Clare (per Coronel Tomas J. Butler of Panama).
Comment- Their descent may be from William Butler (d. 1720/35) of Rosroe, Co. Clare [B.T.R. 307] , who is
beheved to be of the Mountgarret branch.
38. Joe Butler (b. 1840), immigrant to Australia, 1884.
He migrated with his wife, Eliza (b. 1840) in "The Duke of Buckingham" from Plymouth to Brisbane. William Henry Butler [see Q.40] was also on board (per H.L. Kilpatrick of W. Australia).
39. John Butler (1773-1841) ofDominick Street, Dublin.
He died in Paradise Row, Dublin. In 1840 he bought Vault 334-91 in Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold’s Cross, Dublin. His son, John (ca. 1800-1880) of 20 Leinster Sq., Rathmines, Dublin, had, by Susan Grace, nee Armstrong, a younger son, Charles Joseph (ca. 1850-1904) whose signet ring bore the crest of Butler of Ireland (per his son, Percy Charles, who has kindly sent us particulars of those interred in the Butler Vault at Mount Jerome).
Elizabeth Mary (ca. 1845-1880), called "Idie", da. of John Butler (ca. 1800-1880), m., 1868, Frank Edward Day-Lewis (per Mrs Dawson, da. of Mrs Norris, da. of Frank and Idie).
Comment- The Poet Laureate, Cecil Day-Lewis (1904-1972) was grandson of Frank and Idie. In The Buried Day, he wrote of "the satisfaction I get from imagining that through my Butler grandmother I may have been distantly related to William Butler Years- a poet who, if Anglo-Irish in little else, was comically so in his satisfaction at inheriting blood which had not passed through any huckster’s loin". John Butler (d. 1783) of Dublin mentioned Rathmines in his Will [B.T.R. 232]. He was descended from Edmond (d. 1491), elder illegit. bro. of Piers, 8th E. of Ormond and seems to have had no Butler grandson, but was ancestor of W.B. Yeats. The Rathmines link suggests John (d. 1783) may have been of the same branch as John (ca. 1800-1880), in which case the Butler connection between Yeats and Day-Lewis would not have been very remote. [Ed 1998: This comment needs now to be reviewed in the light of recent research into the ancestors of WB Yeats.]
40. John Butler, M.D. (b.ca. 1810) of Ireland.
He m. Cecilia, formerly Phelan. Their son, William Henry (b. 1842 at Callan, Co. Kilkenny), m. at Church of the
Assumption, Tullaroan, Co. Kilkenny, 1 June 1870, Maria-Teresa Hackett, and emigrated, 1884, in "The Duke of Buckingham", from Plymouth, Devon, to Brisbane, Queensland per H.L. Kilpatrick of Wembley, W. Australia).
Comment- A Thomas Hackett witnessed the 1702 Will [B.T.R.. 255] of Piers Butler, a descendant, through the Butlers of Callan, from Theobald of Kilcooley [see also Q.43], younger bro. of James Butler (d.ca. 1561), ancestor of the earls of Carrick.
41. John Butler (b.,ca. 1815) of Clounegroe, Co. Clare.
By his wife, Honora, he had a da. who, as Anne of Clounegroe, m. in R. C. Chapel, Killanena, 13 Feb. 1870, William Collins of Curraclune (per their grandchild, J.B. Koesterer of Ohio).
Comment- John and William Butler part-occupied Lecarrow, 1659, and Lecarrowgarry, 1664, respectively; and under the Acts of Settlement, Richard Butler acquired Corracloon- all, like Killanena, in Feakle parish, Co. Clare [Frost, Hist. of Co. Clare, 518]. The Dunboyne Collection of 19th cent. Co.Clare Press Cuttings in Nat. Lib., Dublin, might help.
42. Joseph Butler (b. in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, ca. 1830) of Lincs.
He moved to Co. Wicklow, m. a Carnelly of Co. Wicklow and removed, in the 1880’s, to Epsworth, Lincs. (per his great-grandson, W.W. Butler of Knutsford, Cheshire).
43. Judith, nee Butler, wife (m.ca. 1860) of Thomas Costello.
This "Judy" came from near Tullaroan, Co. Kilkenny (per her great-grand-da., Miss M. CostelIo of Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny).
Comment- Her ancestors may have been Peter Butler (d. 1565) of Bonnetstown, Co. Kilkenny and his wife, Helen, nee Grace, both of whom were interred in Tullaroan Church [S. Grace, Memoirs of Grace Family]. That Peter was s. of Thomas, younger bro. of Theobald of Kilcooley [see also Q.40], and had descendants who have not yet been traced later than 1699, when that Peter’s great~grandson, Peter Butler of Rathely (a farm in Bonnetstown barony) mentioned James and Edward as his sons in his Will [B.T.R. 130].
44. Peregrine Butler (d.,ca. 1760) of Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.
He m. Elizabeth, da. of Benjamin Greene of Dungarvan.
Their da., Mary, nee Butler (d. 1819), m., 1760, Dr William Fellowes (per their descendant, Miss P. Lloyd of Perth, Australia).
Comment- Peregrine seems to have had no son but 9 das., of whom Mary was eldest [B. T. R. 345].
45. Richard Butler (b.,ca. 1830) of Bank Place, Tipperary.
Believed to be son of another Richard, he was born at Bank Place to Winifred, nee McCarthy. His wife was Mary, nee O’Neill who at Bank Place, 1876, bore him Redmond (per Redmond’s da., Mrs John Hayes of California).
46. Robert Butler of The Three Nunns Inn, Aidgate, London by 1789.
In Aldgate High Street, at this busy coaching Inn, which Robert did not own, his wife, Mary, bore him Robert and Phineas, baptised at St Botolph’s, Aldgate, 1789 and 1791 respectively. Phineas (1791-1843), who was a Royal Marine, 1809-16, cheese-porter, 1816-29, and London policeman, 1829-43, m., 1820, at St Martin’s Outwich, Threadneedle Street, Jane Elizabeth Hall, both of that parish. There is a family tradition of Irish ancestry (per Roger Butler of Chislehurst, Kent, a descendant of Phineas).
Comment- Richard, s. of Richard of St Botolph’s parish, Aldgate, gent., was admitted to Middle Temple, 1677 [Sturgess, M.T. Register, 1, 195]. Robert Butler of 1789 could be the Robert, 8th s. of Thomas and Ann [see Q.48]. A Robert Butler was restaurateur, 64 Threadneedle Street, 1800; another was hosier and glover, 67 Gracechurch Street, 1791, and another, evidently his son, was glover in St Martin’s Outwich parish, 1820 [London Directories].
Thomas Boteler (d.1644/6) of Kent Island, Maryland, U.S.A.
He and his bro., John (d. 1642), were, by 1637, living in Kent Island. There they supported William Claiborne (their sister’s husband) against the Calverts. The widow of this Thomas fled, ca. 1650, with their five sons [see also Q.31 ] from Kent Island to Westmoreland Co., Va. Their surname was thereafter spelt "Butler" . (per Mrs Fabyan of Manchester, Mass., and Mrs Dawsey of S. Carolina, respectively descended from the 1st and 2nd of the five sons).
Comment- Thomas emigrated from England, 1635/7. He was s. of John Boteler of Little Burch Hall, Roxwell, Essex, who moved, 1543, to Essex from Sharnbrook, near Bedford, s. of George who moved to Sharnbrook from Wyche, Worcs., s. of William, s. of William, who moved to Wyche from Yatton, now in Somerset, s. of William, s. of Nicholas (who m., late 14th cent., Jane, da. and h. of John Butler of Droitwich, Worcs.), s. of John, s. of John, s. of Robert le Boutilleur (12th cent.) of Yatton [J.B. Brodie, Virginia Hist. Genealogies, 1954, pp. 18 et seq.]
48.Thomas Butler (b. 1726), ultimately of Enfield, Middlesex.
There is a family tradition of an Irish connection. Thomas retired to Enfield from business in London. A lost Family Bible showed he had by his wife, Ann, 14 children, living in 1796: Rebecca, Thomas, Henry George, Richard, James, John, Daniel, Robert, Joseph, Ann, Sarah, Keziah and Sophia who was born ca. 1788 [per John Butler of 13 Connaught Gardens, London, N.10, descended from the 2nd child, Thomas).
Comment- The 9th child might be the Robert Butler who was merchant and insurance broker of Old South Sea House, 1820 (London Directory).
49. Thomas Butler of Ireland, husband (m., by 1830) of Mary nee Barron.
Their son, Pierce, was baptised an R.C. at Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny, 1830, and, by 1862, emigrated to Australia whither his sister, Bridget, had gone, 1859. Elizabeth was another sister. Their cousin, Anastasia Galaban, m. Pierce Body of Kilkenny and also emigrated to Australia. Pierce Butler (baptised 1830) m. Agnes, nee Rabbage, and by her, had Bernard (per Miss R.E. Butler of Victoria, Australia, da. of Robert, s. of this Bernard).
Comment- The above Elizabeth may have been the Miss Eliza Butler of Inistioge who m., 1857, Thomas Dwyer of Waterford [Limerick Chronicle, 24 Jan. 1857]. Inistioge, being but 6 miles from Graignamanagh (i.e. Duiske) suggests a Galmoye descent, though Thomas Butler (d.,ca. 1642) of Inistioge, ancestor of the Butlers of Gallstown, Co. Kilkenny, was of the Neigham branch. In 1855, the wife of a Rev. Piers Butler gave birth to a da. at Mamre, Inistioge [Dublin Evening Mail, 31 Oct. 1855].
50. Thomas Butler of Williamstown, Co. Tipperary, 4 generations ago.
Williamstown (100 acres) is owned by Theobald (whose big bro., John, has 14 children), s. of Michael, s. of Theobald, s. of George, s. of Thomas Butler. He says his family acquired 700 acres there in the 16th century.
Comment- He is likely to be of the Carrick branch from John (younger bro. of 1st E. of Ormond) whose direct descendant, Francis Butler of Courtnabouly, Kilkenny, mentioned Williamstown in his 1758 Will [B.T.R. 188]. Francis may have acquired it through his wife, Elizabeth (apparently miscopied in B.T.R. 188 as "Sarah", which was the name of his da.-in-law), da. of Richard Butler of Ballynahinch, Co. Tipp. It seems that Francis’s 3 sons, Thomas, Richard and Alexander, died s.p. and Williamstown devolved on an as yet unidentified William Butler who was dead by 1826 when administration of his goods was granted [B.T.R. 525]. William had a da., Ann Ellinor, who m. Mr Hunt and Mr Hayes Nicholas Jones [B. T.R. 345 and 529]. One of William’s principal legatees was a Thomas Butler [B. T. R. 529] who may be the Thomas in question. Killenaule, only 5 miles S.W. of Williamstown, seems to have been owned in the 17th cent. by Richard Butler of the Grantstown line from Pierce, 7th s. of 9th E. of Ormond; it is also mentioned in the 1771 Will of John Butler of Ballynahill, Queen’s Co. [B.T.R. 331].
51. Thomas Butler, husband, in 1820’s, of a da. of Baron Ackerman of Leipzig.
He used the crest of Butler of Ireland. She bore him in London, 8 Jan. 1828, Selena Jane (per S.J.’s grand-da., Mrs Cowper of Cape, S. Africa).
Comment- He was probably the Thomas Butler of Manor House, Headington, Oxon [see also Q.22] whose da., Selina Jane, m. at Holy Trinity, Tunbridge Wells, 29 Jan. 1863, Williain Harries Eaton of Drooge Vlei, Cape of Good Hope [The Times, 1863].
52. Thomas Butler of Co. Tipp., husband (m.,ca. 1840) of Johanna, nee Walsh or Dwyer.
Their son, David (ca. 1842-1905) emigrated to U.S.A., ca. 1847, presumably with his parents, and m., 1873 (by an R.C. Pastor in Cumberland, Rhode Island), Mary, da. of James and Ellen Fitzgerald ( per David and Mary’s grandson, David A. Butler of Providence, R.I.).
Comment- It may or may not be relevant that Lt William Butler, R.N. (1814-1847) of the Mountgarret branch, m 1841, Katherine (d. 1844), da. of John Walsh and had by her a son, Walter (1842-50).
53. William Butler, emigrant from Ireland soon after 1650.
He is believed to have emigrated from N. Ireland to New England with his two bros., Henry and Jonathan. Smith
Butler (1757-1825) of Worcester, Mass., ancestor of the Butlers of Sardinia, some 40 miles from Buffalo, N.Y., was 6th of the 12 sons of John, s. of Jonathan or John, s. of this William (per Smith’s descendants, Barrett Butler and Mrs Caine, both of N.Y.).
Comment- A Butler of 1650 is more likely to have come from S., than N., Ireland.
54. William Butler (1801-1856), Surgeon-Capt., H.E.I.C.S.
He m. at Kamptee, Madras, 1 March 1863, Louisa, da. of Capt James Matthews and had by her William John (b. 1846), Louise Charlotte and Marianne Victoria (per the enquirer, A.W.D. Mitton, genealogist. 239 Earls Ct Rd, London, S.W.5).
Comment- On joining the E. India Company, William (1801-56) swore his belief that he was b. "in Montreath, Ireland, 6 Dec. 1801" (per W. Reid, Director, Nat. Army Museum, London). Presumably "Montreath" was the town of Mountrath, Queen’s Co., which shares a railway station with Castletown. Francis Butler (ca. 1770-1815) of Castletown, Queen’s Co., who was descended from Theobald, s. of James, 12th Lord Dunboyne, had by his wife, Hannah, da. of Robert White of Cregoran, Queen’s Co., with younger issue, John, b.,ca. 1800 [T.C.D. Register] and Caroline, b. 16 Jan.1803 [Reg. of Offerlane, the parish in which Castletown is]. William’s 1801 birth might have been sandwiched between John and Caroline, perhaps when the family were living at Moneyquill, Co. Tipp., before they moved to Castletown.
William Butler (1825-1905) of Marriott, Utah, U.S.A.
He was b. at Woodview, Gorey, Co. Wexford, s. of George Butler (1786-1841). William left Ireland, ca. 1848, for Canada, reaching Salt Lake City in Sept. 1850. On coming back to Erin, he m. in England, 1856, Emma, da. of William Harvey, and returned with her to Utah where he eventually acquired and farmed a large tract of land in Marriott near Ogden (per his grandson, Howard L. Butler of Ogden).
Comment- William (1825-1905) was 4th s. of George (1786-1841), 7th s. of Richard, s. of William, s. of James Butler of Clonachona [see Q.36]. In 1850 Salt Lake City was expanding as a depot for the Californian gold rush. Moreover in the Mormons’ newly established "land of the working bee", polygamy was countenanced. William’s English wife, Emma, bore him ten children, 1857-74, while one of his four other wives, Ellen, nee Close, was bearing him seven. So his descendants are legion.
The following additions can now be made to answers to earlier questions for which back-references are given to the instalment and page of Butler Jo., vol.1.
5. Butler’s Rangers, Canada (1:63)
Walter Butler (1670-1762) was commissioned Lt of Fuzileers, N.Y., Aug. 1725 and again May 1728 [Cal., N.Y. Colonial Commissions 1680-1770 N.Y. Hist. Soc., 1929 ]. He m., 1713, Mary Harris (d. 1725) and, 1727 Deborah (Ely) Dennison [Records of 1st Church of New London, Conn.; and Diary of Joshua Hempsteadl. It is said, Walter arrived in Connecticut as Sergt in a British regiment and, according to another unsubstantiated legend, in the ketch "John & Sarah", on 20 Oct. 1679, from Barbadoes (per Col. C.B. Briggs of N.Y. via D.R.C. Bedson of Canada).
6. James Butler (b. 1720) of Oxford [1:64; 2:31]
His son, James (1750-1825) of Oxford, m. at St Martin-in-Fields, Mdx., 30 Sept. 1776, Jane Slatter [M.L., Bishop of London’s Reg.).
Comment- Q.36 may be connected.
9. Heirs-male from 9th E. of Ormond [2:131;
Julian Butler (b. 1864, s. of James and Rachel) died unmarried (confirmed, 29 April 1970, by Arthur 6th Marquess of Ormonde, who knew Julian).
19. Lt William Butler (1653-1730) of Mass., U.S.A. [3:219).
He is said to have been born in Ireland "of the Ormonde Butlers" to Sarah, wife of another William Butler and been transported to Brit. W. Indies whence he escaped to the American Colonies (per a descendant, J.D. Kernan of Hamden, Conn.).
Capt. William Butler (b. 1814) of New Zealand [3:219].
His motto was: Timor Domini Fons Vitae; and his shield: or, a chief indented az., with 3 escallop shells in bend countercharged (per Mrs Hancock of N.Z., quoting 2473, Mdx. Herald Office, 44 High Holborn, 29 Oct. 1856).
Comment- The motto is of the Dunboyne branch and so has this particular shield been since 1660. Capt. William might be the William who was 2nd s. of Richard, s. of Richard (d. 1799), s. of James Butler of Park, Co. Tipp. Neither William Butler (1814-75) of Park nor William Butler (1814-1906) of Wilton emigrated from Ireland.
22. Capt. Henry Butler of 19th cent. Lancs. [3:220].
He was Henry Padwick Butler (b. 1833), s. of Ebenezer (ca. 1800-40), Surgeon of High St., Woolwich, Kent, s. of John (ca. 1766-1840), Surgeon of Rectory Place, Woolwich [Parish Reg., St. Mary Mag., Woolwich; 1838 Will of John, PCC Arden 80; 1840 Will of Ebenezer, ibid, 740). John also held freeholds in East Hill, Hastings, Sussex [his 1838 Will]. Harriett Butler (ca. 1813-58) was his cousin [Woolwich 1851 Census] and was da. of William Butler of St Mary’s Farm, Nettlebed, Oxon. [The Times, 24 Nov. 1858].
Comment- Q.51 may be connected.
29. Sarah, nee Butler (1785-1840), Mrs Singleton [3:222].
Jim Butler of Texas has discovered that Henry Butler’s Bible records Sarah as da. of Richard, s. of William, s. of
James Butler of Clonachona, Co. Carlow [see Q.36] and as wife of Samuel, not Thomas, Singleton.
Butler Business Connections
(Continued from Butler Journal, VoL 1 No.3, 224)
3. HEDGES & BUTLER ltd,
153 Regent Street, London WIR 8HQ.
Established in 1667, this firm is one of the oldest wine merchants still flourishing. It was originally in Hungerford Street, where Charing Cross Station now stands, but in 1819 moved to Regent Street, which was then being built by John Nash. "H and B" as the firm came to be known in the trade, remained a family business for almost three centuries and, though bought by United Breweries in 1961 and now integrated with Bass Charrington, it still preserves its own tradition and name.
The Butler part of its name came through the marriage in 1839 at St Luke’s, Chelsea, of James Butler (1811-82) and Frances Mary, 1st da. of William Hedges (1787-1852). William had been a partner of the firm since 1798; he daily drank an imperial pint of port of the celebrated vintages of 1820, 1834 or 1847 and evidently thrived on it.
James was s. of Frederick of King’s Road, Chelsea (1779-1841; m., 2 Nov. 1809, Ann Cato), s. of William Butler (d. 1816; m., at Blackfriar’s Church, 12 Oct. 1768, Anne Vaughan). James, himself, became a partner in 1844 and prospered. About 1850, he built Hollywood, his Wimbledon home, at the top of Putney Hill and his wife bore him 15 children.
His 6th son was the phenomenal Frank Hedges Butler (1855-1928). Frank joined H and B in 1882. But that was not the only string to his versatile bow. In 1874 he played first violin at the Handel Festival and later founded not only the Lyric Club Orchestra but also the Imperial Institute Orchestral Society. With a Benz in 1897, he was one of the first to own a motor-car, just as his only child, Vera, became the first woman in England to own a car (a Rolls), and to hold a driving licence. He was the first Hon. Treasurer of the Royal Automobile Club and, in 1901, he founded the Royal Aero Club. He got nearer Heaven than most of us by flying his own balloon, called Dolce Far Niente, drinking the champagne he used as ballast and jettisoning the empty bottles. It is even said that when damage resulted, his dutiful chauffeur, following by road, would pay compensation on the spot and present a copy of the H and B price list. In 1905, Frank made the longest cross-channel balloon flight, from London to Caen, apparently without bombarding any shipping. Then in 1908, he became one of the first Englishmen to fly, when, with C.S. Rolls, he accompanied Wilbur Wright on a power-driven flight. Subsequently Frank did much to promote a national air service. Tycoon, musician, motorist, balloonist and aviator, he was also a yachtsman, golfer, big-game shot and author of numerous travel books, including Five Thousand Miles in a Balloon. Information about his 18th century ancestor, William Butler, would be welcome.