Social Victorians/People/Ormonde

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Butler
  • Marquess of Ormonde

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: the title is in the Irish peerage.[1]

Residences[edit | edit source]

  • Kilkenny Castle, County Kilkenny, Ireland

Family[edit | edit source]

  • James Edward William Theobald Butler, 3rd Marquess of Ormonde (5 October 1844 – 26 October 1919)[2]
  • Elizabeth Harriet Grosvenor (11 October 1856 – 25 March 1928)[3]
  1. Beatrice Frances Elizabeth Butler (28 December 1876 – 29 February 1952)
  2. Constance Mary Butler (26 March 1879 – 20 April 1949)

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1897 July 2, the Marchioness of Ormonde (Elizabeth Grosvenor Butler) and her daughters, Beatrice and Constance Butler, attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House.

Costume at the Duchess of Devonshire's 2 July 1897 Fancy-dress Ball[edit | edit source]

Elizabeth Butler, Marchioness of Ormonde[edit | edit source]

At the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball, Elizabeth Butler, Marchioness of Ormonde (at 373), was dressed as Guinevere in the Queen Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table of King Arthur procession.[4][5]:5, Col. 7a

Lady Beatrice Butler[edit | edit source]

Along with Lady Mary Stewart, Helen Mary Theresa Vane-Tempest-Stewart (at 43), Lady Beatrice Butler (at 45), Lady Alexandra Hamilton (at 46), Miss Stirling (at 47), and Lady Beatrix Fitzmaurice (at 44) were in attendance on Theresa Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Marchioness of Londonderry, who led the Austrian procession as Marie Thérèse. Lady Mary Stewart was 20 years old, as were Lady Beatrix Petty-Fitzmaurice and Lady Beatrice Butler; Lady Alexandra Hamilton was 21 and Miss Stirling, if she was Evelyn Mary Caroline Lilah Stirling, was 19. All these young women were dressed alike:

  • Lady Beatrice Butler was dressed as Archduchess Marie-Karoline in the Austrian Court of Maria Theresa Quadrille.[6]:7, Col. 6b [4]
  • "Lady Helen Stewart, Lady Beatrix Fitzmaurice, Lady Beatrice Butler, Lady Alexandra Hamilton and Miss Stirling as Archduchesses in waiting on Marie Thérèse — were dressed alike in stiff silver brocatelle, with deep pointed bodices of silver tissue, veiled with white lisse and half-hoops of old-fashioned blue satin ribbon, large paniers of white lisse, and quaint sleeves with frills and bows of blue ribbon."[6]:7, Col. 7c
  • "Lady Helen Stewart, Lady Beatrix Fitzmaurice, Lady Beatrice Butler, Lady Alexandra Hamilton and Miss Stirling as Archduchesses in Waiting on Marie Thérèse were dressed alike in stiff silver brocatelle, with deep-pointed bodices of silver tissue, veiled with white lisse and half hoops of old-fashioned blue satin riband; large flounces of white lisse, and quaint sleeves, with frills and bows of blue riband."[4]
  • "The archduchesses were Lady Helen Stewart, Lady Alexandra Hamilton, Lady Beatrice Fitzmaurice, Lady Beatrice Butler, and Miss Seymour [sic]. Their dresses were particularly admired, and were of beautiful silver brocade, made with corsages of silver cloth under soft lisse, and with wide blue ribbons tied high at the side."[7]:5, Col. 9c
  • "Lady Londonderry, as the Empress Thèrése of Austria, was dressed in cream-coloured satin, and was attended by five Archduchesses and five Archdukes. The former, all attired exactly alike in white and silver brocade, were Lady Helen Stewart, Lady Beatrice Butler, Lady Beatrix FitzMaurice, Lady Alexandra Hamilton, and Miss Stirling."[8]
  • "Lady Londonderry was attended by five Arch-Duchesses, Lady Helen Stewart, Lady Alexandra Hamilton, Lady Beatrice Butler, Lady Beatrix Fitzmaurice, and Miss Stirling, dressed alike in gowns of white and silver, with bodices of silver gauze, trimmed with blue ribbon and masses of white chiffon."[9]
  • Lady Beatrice Butler and Lady Ormonde (at 373) are listed together as guests in the Times report.[4]

Lady Constance Butler[edit | edit source]

Constance Butler (at 374) was dressed as Lynette in the Queen Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table of King Arthur procession in the Times report.[4] She is called Elaine in the Round Table procession, however, in the London Daily News.[5] (5, Col. 7a). The Belfast News-Letter also says Elaine: "Lady Constance Butler and Miss Chaplin were both charming 'Elaines' — the former in a white crepe de chine robe, flowing from a band of gold and silver embroidery at the bust, and with long angel sleeves."[7]:5, Col. 9c–6, Col. 1a

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Earl of Ormond (Ireland)". Wikipedia. 2020-09-19. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Earl_of_Ormond_(Ireland)&oldid=979289592. 
  2. "James Edward William Theobald Butler, 3rd Marquess of Ormonde." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  3. "Elizabeth Harriet Grosvenor." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Ball at Devonshire House." The Times Saturday 3 July 1897: 12, Cols. 1a–4c The Times Digital Archive. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Duchess of Devonshire's Fancy Ball. A Brilliant Spectacle. Some of the Dresses." London Daily News Saturday 3 July 1897: 5 [of 10], Col. 6a–6, Col. 1b. British Newspaper Archive http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000051/18970703/024/0005 and http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000051/18970703/024/0006.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Fancy Dress Ball at Devonshire House." Morning Post Saturday 3 July 1897: 7 [of 12], Col. 4a–8 Col. 2b. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18970703/054/0007.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "The Duchess of Devonshire's Fancy Dress Ball. Special Telegram." Belfast News-Letter Saturday 03 July 1897: 5 [of 8], Col. 9c [of 9]–6, Col. 1a. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000038/18970703/015/0005.
  8. "Duchess of Devonshire's Fancy-Dress Ball. Brilliant Spectacle." The [Guernsey] Star 6 July 1897, Tuesday: 1 [of 4], Col. 1–2. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000184/18970706/003/0001.
  9. “The Devonshire House Ball. A Brilliant Gathering.” The Pall Mall Gazette 3 July 1897, Saturday: 7 [of 10], Col. 2a–3a. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000098/18970703/019/0007.