Friday, 30 November 2012

Castle Crine


The Butlers of Castle Crine were descended from the Barons Dunboyne.

THOMAS BUTLER, a trusteee 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 Castle Crine estate through purchase from families such as the Burtons, Westbyus, McDonnells, O'Briens and Lysaghts.

He had two sons: Henry Butler of Rossroe, and Thomas Butler of Castlecrine.

The said Thomas had a son, 

WILLIAM BUTLER, of Castlecrine, who inherited the estate of his uncle, Henry Butler, of O’Brien’s Castle, in 1791. His eldest son,

JAMES BUTLER, of Castle Crine, died in 1820 and was succeeded by his son,

HENRY BUTLER, a Deputy Lieutenant for County Clare, as was also the latter’s son and heir,

JAMES BUTLER. On his decease in 1857 the estates devolved upon his three daughters as co-heiresses, of whom only one, Sophia Mary, married the 5th Lord Clarina.

Lady Clarina had no male issue, and on the marriage of her eldest daughter, the Hon Sophia (Zoƫ) Butler-Massey to the Hon Eric Henderson, the Castle Crine estates were settled upon her, subject to the life interests of her mother and aunts.

On the death, in 1938, of Miss Anna Butler, the last survivor, Mrs Butler-Henderson (who with her husband assumed the name of Butler in addition to that of Henderson) succeeded to Castle Crine.

Her daughter, Mrs Wordsworth, resided there until 1951, when the estate was sold. 

CASTLE CRINE, near Sixmilebridge, County Clare, was a castellated late-Georgian house, comprising a two-storey block with two curved bows beside each other at one end; one with pointed Gothic windows and a three-storey tower.

Little battlements; corbelled turret on tower.

Castle Crine was demolished in 1955.

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