Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Butler (Castlecrine)

The Butlers of Castlecrine, parish of Kilfinaghta, barony of Bunratty Lower, county Clare, descend from Thomas Butler, one of the trustees of the (’49) Officers and younger son of James Butler of Boytonrath, county Tipperary, who was hanged in 1653. William Butler of Rossroe Castle, county Clare, a lawyer by profession, acquired much of the estate through purchase from families such as the Burtons, Westbyus, McDonnells, O'Briens and Lysaghts. He had two sons, Henry of Rossroe and Thomas of Castlecrine. Thomas had a son, William of Castlecrine, who inherited the estate of his cousin Henry Butler of O’Brien’s Castle in 1791. In the mid 19th century the main part of their estate was in the parishes of Inchicronan and Quin, barony of Bunratty Upper, but they also held land in the baronies of Bunratty Lower, Tulla Upper and Lower and Inchiquin. James Butler who died in 1857 was succeeded by his three daughters and heiresses, Anna, Sophia and Henrietta, who are recorded in the 1870s as owning 11,389 acres in county Clare.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Castlecrine Castlecrine Kilfinaghta Limerick Castlecrine 115 Bunratty Lower Clare OSI Ref: R492 677
OS Sheet: 52
Discovery map: 58

Archival sources

  • Pedigree of Butler of Shronagolle, Castle Crine, Drumaclogh, Rosaroe, Doonmulvihill, Ballyline, Moynee, Cloneen, Monanagh, Drumcore, Beagh, Bunnahow, Millbrooke, Glenwilliam, Stamer Park, 1533-1950. GO MS 182a: 55-60; National Library of Ireland
  • Butler of Castlecrine Papers including rentals, account books & workmen's accounts, 1775-1925. MSS 5403-5439; National Library of Ireland
  • 5 volumes containing inventory of household effects 1826, register of tenancy agreements 1849-1852, cattle book 1896-1938, record of investments 1902-1913, account of estate of James Butler in 1801. MS 4252-4256; National Library of Ireland
  • Account book (of the family of Butler of Castlecrine), 1753-1792 & ledger containing account of Daniel Gabbett, agent with James Butler of Castlecrine, 1804-1817. MS 16,413-16,414; National Library of Ireland
  • Genealogical notes on Butler of Castle Crine by Charles French Blake Foster, c 1865. MS 13,560; National Library of Ireland
  • Butler of Castlecrine collection, unsorted material. PC4 & PC 180; National Library of Ireland
  • Papers in Chancery case of Butler v Butler re estates of Mary Kate & Anne Butler in Cos Clare & Limerick, including rentals, maps & deeds, 1794-1914. D.20,905-20,915, M.3703(1-216), T.11,667-11,668; National Archives of Ireland
  • Rental & receiver's accounts of the estate in Cos Clare & Galway of Butler Minors, 1901-1907. 999/690; National Archives of Ireland

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources