in Wiki. Butlers were in the Protestant minority. Kilkenny Castle lies in south Ireland. I would like to figure out how they got from Ireland to Newfoundland & have a found a scholarly group that researches those connections in St. John's, so we shall see. I have found Butler passengers on ship listings also in the State of MA. They are still debating the lineage to William Butler Yeats, one of the greatest poets of the 20th C. Wiki history: "Butler
dynasty refers to the several branches of the Butler family (Irish; de Buitleir) that has its origins in the Cambro-Norman family that participated in the Norman invasion of Ireland in the 12th century. Variant spellings include le Boteler and le Botiller. The surname has its origins in the hereditary office of butler
of Ireland. The family originates with Theobald Walter, 1st Baron
History at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peerage_of_Ireland
a twist of fate, Anne Boleyn had been betrothed to her Irish Cousin, James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormond. The plans fell through & she became consort to Queen Catherine of Aragon--Henry VIII fell in love with her, but the Pope in Rome would not annul his marriage to Catherine. He severed ties with Rome & the Church of England was born. He married Anne who bore Queen Elizabeth I but could produce no male heir. She was accused of high treason & witchcraft & taken to the Tower of London. And we all know her fate. She apparently became a revered martyr afterwards & is referenced in poems & lit of the time. Earldom of Ormond in 1450. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Boleyn
More nfo at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butler_dynasty
Learned "After 1682, the spelling "Ormonde" was used almost universally.