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Thomas Butler

Full Name: Thomas Butler

Nationality: Irish

Title: Duke of Ormonde, Earl of Ossory, Baron Butler of Moore Park, Co. Hertford. Knight of the Garter.

Age: 43 (b. 1634)

Gender: Male

Eye Color: Blue

Hair Color: Light Brown

Marital Status: Married

 

Physical Attributes

Thomas is the least attractive of the Butler siblings. He has his father's height and his broad shoulders, but his features are not so pleasing.

 

Personality

Thomas is a intelligent man, but with a tendency toward brooding. He is known for having quite the Irish temper and not being shy of a confrontation.

 

Background

Thomas Butler married Amelia von Nassau on November 17, 1652. He was created 1st Earl of Ossory and 1st Lord Butler, of Moore Park, co. Hertford, on September 17, 1666. Made Knight of the Garter in 1672

 

On the assassination of his father, in May, 1675, he has become 2nd Duke of Ormonde and Royal Steward (in our game).

 

Parents

  • Father: James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde
  • Mother: Elizabeth Preston, Baroness Dingwall

Siblings

  • Thomas Butler, Viscount Thurles (died in infancy)
  • Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Arran (b. 1639)
  • John Butler, Earl of Gowran (b. after 1639)
  • Elizabeth Butler Stanhope, Countess of Chesterfield (b. 1640)
  • Mary Butler Cavendish, Lady Cavendish (b. before 1652)

Children

  • Henrietta Butler (b. 1657)
  • Elizabeth Butler (b. 1661)
  • James Butler (b. 1665)
  • Charles Butler (b. 1671)

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Amelia Butler

Full Name: Amelia Butler (nee: von Nassau)

Nationality: Dutch

Title: Duchess of Ormonde and Countess of Ossory

Estate Name: Moore Parke, Hertfordshire

Age: late 30s

Gender: Female

Eye Color: Hazel

Hair Color: Dark Brown, but greying

Marital Status: Married

 

Physical Attributes and Personality

Amelia was tall and appeared slim. Her dark hair was touched with silver, and laugh lines touched the corners of her eyes and mouth. Her nose was just a trifle to sharp and her mouth just a touch to narrow for the lady to be attractive.

 

Background

Daughter of Louis von Nassau, Count of Nassau, Amelia is married to Thomas Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde. Her brother is Henry von Nassau, Count of Nassau.

 

Amelia and Ursula Hildebrandt Blount, Lady Mountjoy have been friends since childhood.

 

Children

  • Henrietta Butler (b. 1657)
  • Elizabeth Butler (b. 1661)
  • James Butler (b. 1665)
  • Charles Butler (b. 1671)

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John Butler

Full Name: John Butler

Nationality: Irish

Title: Earl of Gowran, Viscount Clonmore, Baron Aghrim

Age: 34 (b.1643)

Gender: Male

Eye Color: Blue

Hair Color: Blond

Marital Status: Married

 

Physical Attributes

Handsome and Catholic, like so many Irish and unlike Ormonde and his family.

 

Personality

Butler believes himself to be more charming than he is, and is something of a womanizer. He can be shrewd, as well as indulgent to his own vices. While gruff in public at least he shows his wife courtesy.

 

Background

Younger son of the deceased James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde. His brother Thomas Butler now carries the title. John is currently married.

 

Friends with Thomas Lennard.

 

Married Lady Diana Howard in May 1677.

 

Parents

  • Father: James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde
  • Mother: Elizabeth Preston, Baroness Dingwall

Siblings

  • Thomas Butler, Viscount Thurles (died in infancy)
  • Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Arran (b. 1639)
  • John Butler, Earl of Gowran (b. after 1639)
  • Elizabeth Butler Stanhope, Countess of Chesterfield (b. 1640)
  • Mary Butler Cavendish, Lady Cavendish (b. before 1652)

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Dorothy Butler

Full Name: Dorothy Butler (Nee: Ferrers)

Title: Countess of Arran

Estate Name: Arran

Nationality: English

Age: 17

Gender: Female

Eye Color: Green

Hair Color: Honey Blonde

Marital Status: Married

 

Physical Attributes and Personality

Dorothy might have been entirely homely, were it not for her large, friendly green eyes. She was more than plump and stood little above five feet tall.

 

Background

Daughter of John Ferrers and Anne Carleton, Dorothy married Richard Butler, becoming the Countess of Arran, in June 1673. She is his second wife, and they have one child thus far.

 

Children

* James Butler (b. 19 February 1674)

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Richard Butler

Full Name: Richard Butler

Title: Earl of Arran [ireland, 1662]

Estate Name: Arran

Nationality: Irish

Age: 37 (b. 15 June 1639)

Gender: Male

Eye Color: Blue

Hair Color: Sandy Brown

 

Physical Attributes

Richard is of average height and weight, but sharp, intelligent eyes, and an athletic physique.

 

Personality

Richard is clever, with a sharp wit and a good deal of charm. He is especially animated when discussing such things as politics and the law.

 

Gramont records that, "He had a singular address in all kinds of exercises, played well at tennis and on the guitar, and was pretty successful in gallantry."

 

Pepys observes that, "He distinguished himself by a brave and excellent disposition, which determined him to a military life," and "He distinguished himself in reducing the mutineers at Carrick-Fergus, and behaved with great courage in the famous sea-fight with the Dutch, in 1673."

 

Background

Richard Butler was created 1st Viscount Tullogh, Baron Butler of Cloughgrenan, and 1st Earl of Arran, all in Ireland, on May 13, 1662. He married Dorothy Ferrers, his second wife, in June, 1673. He was invested as a Privy Councillor, also in Ireland, on August 26, 1663. He has held the office of Alnager of Ireland since 1666. He fought in the naval battles against the Dutch in 1673, where he distinguished himself. He was created 1st Baron Butler, of Weston, co. Huntingdon, on August 27, 1673.

 

He is currently studying Civil Laws at Oxford University.

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Diana Butler

Full Name: Diana Liesl Butler (nee Howard)

Nationality: English

Title: Countess of Gowran, Viscountess Clonmore, Baroness Aghrim

Age:  January 13, 1658 (20)

Gender: Female

Eye Color: Grey

Hair Color: Blond

Height: 5’6”

Marital Status: Married

 

Physical Attributes: Stately and stunning, Diana is the picture of her famed beauty Austrian mother in her youth.  Crowned by the same mass of golden blonde hair and startling grey eyes, she’s well aware of her beauty and that it was one of her greatest assets as a penniless orphan at court.  

First Impressions:  Some people radiate warmth and happiness, but Diana isn’t one of them.  Her demeanor is silent and observant, but behind her reserved exterior lies an active mind that is constantly going.  She occasionally gives the impression of being annoyed or in the very least put out when she’s not actually expressing any of those emotions.  On a little closer inspection, the puckish glint in her luminous eyes or the faint yet sardonic lift of the corner of her mouth says that she is probably secretly laughing at you.

 

Background

Parents

Father: Charles Frederick Howard - 2nd Earl of Varington (believed to be deceased)

Mother: Eleanor Liesl Howard (nee: von Riefel) - Daughter of the Austrian Baron (Freiherr) von Riefel (deceased)

At the age of five and shortly after her mother’s death, Diana and her father traveled to the Indies partly to satisfy her father’s need for adventure and partly because of the promises of fortunes to be made.  Her childhood was rather unorthodox but allowed her to develop a worldly sense of understanding from an early age being so far away from normalcy.  

Growing up, she found she preferred the pursuits that required movement… they were an outlet for her emotions that rarely came out.   After an attack on her person, she learned to wield a dagger with great skill and ability.  

At eighteen on the sort of whim that had brought them to the Indies, her father decided it was time to return to England.  Oblivious to how much her father had spent on his travels and business investments here, Diana agreed to return with their steward and servants to help prepare the estate for her father who would be following her shortly afterward.  Except, he never returned.  His ship had vanished and presumed dead.  To add to her miseries, she learned she wasn’t simply an orphan but now a penniless orphan, dependent upon the handouts of the cousins she’d never known very well,  the Duke of Norfolk.  

Placed under the guardianship of her cousin, Henry Howard Sr., Duke of Norfolk, till her marriage, Diana arrived at court and found a surprising alliance with the family.  

 

Quick Facts

  • Cousin to the Howards and Davina Wellsley, enjoys a close friendship with Lord Arundel and the Dowager Marchioness of Winchester.
  • Grew up in the Indies for 13 Years. (1663-1676) 
  • Orphaned and placed under the guardianship of her cousin, Henry Howard Sr., Duke of Norfolk till her marriage.
  • Owns a chestnut thoroughbred mare named Velvet.
  • Has some connections with the Duchess of Savoy.
  • Married Lord John Butler in May 1677.
  • Connected through marriage to the Butlers, enjoys a close friendship with Lady Ormonde and Lord Arran.
  • Thomas Lennard gave her a Spotted Coach Puppy (Dalmatian) as a wedding gift named Queenie.

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