The Butlers in Clonmel
Nestled in the valley of the River Suir, Clonmel is a thriving and bustling town. Once theadministrative centre of the Butlers, Clonmel today is the county town of South Tipperary. James Butler, the 12th Earl and 1st Duke of Ormond (1610-88), was a grandnephew of Black Tom. James was arguably the Butlers’ most important family member, being the most influential Butler in Ireland’s history. James built the Main Guard in Clonmel in 1675 and King James II visited in 1689. Visit the Main Guard to learn more about James’ influence on Clonmel, his role in the English Court and his lasting legacy in Ireland.
James Butler (1610-1688)What did Black Tom predict?
The story is told that in 1614 Black Tom said that his then four-year-old grandnephew James would be ‘the saviour of the Butler Family’!