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The Butler Society is a world-wide organisation, which was formed in 1967 in Kilkenny, Ireland. Its inauguration coincided with the handing over of the Kilkenny Castle to the town of Kilkenny, by Arthur Butler, the 6th Marquess of Ormonde and the 30th Chief Butler of Ireland. Kilkenny Castle had been the ancestral home of the Ormonde Butlers since 1391, but was no longer being used by them. 

At first the focus of the Society was on the history of the Ormonde Butlers, as their hereditary title, Chief Butler of Ireland (similar to Governor General), was first granted to a Theobald Walter by the King of England sometime in the 1180s. When surnames came in to use in the 1200s, Theobald’s descendants adopted the title as their surname, and this may be the first use of this surname. However, some Society members have now traced their roots back to other noble families in England who had a butler in charge of their large households in medieval times, and these may be alternative origins for the surname.

Some of these early records include 1) Richard, recorded as butler to the Earl of Chester in 1086, and the ancestor of Butlers in Warrington and Bewsey in Lancashire; 2) Arnold who was alive in 1090 and believed to be butler to William de Londres; 3) William le Botiller (the Butler) of Eaton, Leicestershire, alive in 1154; 4) William Butler of Hockerton, Nottinghamshire, alive in 1175; 5) Richard le Butiller, living at Aiserigge, Devon in 1237.

The Society now has members in France (where the name is spelt Boutler), in Germany (Buttlar), Argentina (Buteler), Spain, Malta, Holland, South Africa, Sweden, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.The Southern Cross Region was formed in 1972 as a Branch of The Butler Society, to provide additional events and activities for members in Australia and New Zealand.

Society Address:

8 Victoria Ridge, Upper Ferntree Gully, VIC 3156, Australia.

President: Abigail Butler, Tel 03 9758 6469.

Secretary: Kerry Butler Phillips


Webmaster: Bruce Butler, Email