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Elizabeth Darcy, 19th Great Grandmother

January 17, 2013 , , ,

Elizabeth Darcy

Elizabeth Darcy

My 19th great grandmother came from County Meath, Ireland, just like the O’Byrnes of the potato famine on my father’s side.  She was a fancy lady with very famous ancestors herself.  She was described by an historian as a wise and honorable lady.

Elizabeth Darcy (1331 – 1390)
is my 19th great grandmother
Johanna Hertforth (1345 – 1428)
Daughter of Elizabeth
Ellen Urswick (1364 – 1459)
Daughter of Johanna
Richard Molyneux (1386 – 1460)
Son of Ellen
Sir Richard Earl Sefton Molyneux (1422 – 1459)
Son of Richard
Thomas Sir 8th Earl of Sefton Molyneux (1445 – 1483)
Son of Sir Richard Earl Sefton
Lawrence Castellan of Liverpool Mollenaux (1490 – 1550)
Son of Thomas Sir 8th Earl of Sefton
John Mollenax (1542 – 1583)
Son of Lawrence Castellan of Liverpool
Mary Mollenax (1559 – 1575)
Daughter of John
Francis Gabriell Holland (1596 – 1660)
Son of Mary
John Holland (1628 – 1710)
Son of Francis Gabriell
Elizabeth Holland (1652 – 1737)
Daughter of John
Richard Dearden (1645 – 1747)
Son of Elizabeth
George Dearden (1705 – 1749)
Son of Richard
George Darden (1734 – 1807)
Son of George
David Darden (1770 – 1820)
Son of George
Minerva Truly Darden (1806 – )
Daughter of David
Sarah E Hughes (1829 – 1911)
Daughter of Minerva Truly
Lucinda Jane Armer (1847 – 1939)
Daughter of Sarah E
George Harvey Taylor (1884 – 1941)
Son of Lucinda Jane
Ruby Lee Taylor (1922 – 2008)
Daughter of George Harvey
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Ruby Lee

Elizabeth Darcy 

Elizabeth 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 lineageElizabeth 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.Marriages and childrenOn 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 assumed the title of Countess of Ormond.James and Elizabeth had six children:   1. Ralph Butler   2. 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.   3. 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.   4. Thomas Butler   5. Catherine Butler (born 1361), married firstly, Thomas Reade, by whom she had one son, Richard, and secondly, Thomas Fleming of Slane.   6. Joan Butler, married Tiege O’ Carroll

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.

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

References   1. ^ Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham,Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. p.161   2. ^ Charles Cawley, Medieval Lands, Earls of Ormond    *    *    * Charles Cawley, Medieval Lands, Earls of Ormond    * Elizabeth Darcy at

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