Ormonde, James Butler, 5th earl of

Ormonde, James Butler, 5th earl of, 1420–61, Irish nobleman. He was knighted in his youth by Henry VI of England and was created earl of Wiltshire in 1449. He succeeded to the earldom of Ormonde in 1453. A staunch Lancastrian, he was made deputy (1451) and then viceroy (1453) of Ireland and lord high treasurer of England (1455). In the Wars of the Roses, he fought at St. Albans, Wakefield, and Mortimer's Cross, and, after being captured at Towton, was executed by the Yorkists.

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