War and Roses 1470: The Kingmaker
6th Earl of Ormond
+1 bonus to any Courage or
Wild Irish Rose
Any contingent, detachment, or squadron
that is comprised of Irish kerns or mercenarys, the
Earl of Ormond gains +1 Attack Rating against all
types of infantry and archers. LVL test 19 to Loot
and Plunder-if successful gain +1 Wealth per 50 slain
enemy soldiers on the field of battle.
Commands 6 contingents of Irish Kerns (light infantry), 2 contingents of archers, 1 contingent of men-at-arms, and 2 detachments of mounted spears. 3 knights are sworn to him, Sir Richard de Besançon of Burgundy, Sir Edward Langford, and Sir Roger de Burgh of Connacht.
Sir John Butler the Earl of Ormond is 35 years of age in January of 1470. The son of the 4th Earl of Ormonde, he succeeded his brother James the 5th Earl of Ormond and Earl of Wiltshire after he was executed at Newcastle following the Battle of Towton in the year 1461. Sir John fought at Northampton in 1460 and at the Second Battle of St. Albans in 1461 as well. His arms are five marigolds on a cross quartered red and azure on a field of yellow.
Sir John fought alongside his elder brother Sir James Earl of Ormonde at Towton in 1461 where Sir James was slain. In the year 1462 Sir John returned to Ireland as the Earl of Ormond and landed at Waterford in southern Ireland with an army of 1000 soldiers, making war on his family’s traditional enemy; the FitzGeralds of Desmond. This dispute was fought primarily over the Desmonds thievery of land and property from the mostly absentee Butler family. The Earl of Ormonde’s Lancastrian army was defeated at the Battle of Pilltown in the same year by the Desmond army led by the Earl of Desmond, a staunch Yorkist.
The Earl of Ormonde was wounded in the battle by an arrow and his army utterly routed. Following the battle he fled to Liège in Belgium. His family’s lands were sacked and later plundered by the vengeful Desmonds. The Earl of Ormonde returned to his lands in the year 1467 and reclaimed control over most of the Earldom of Ormonde’s lands north of Wexford. Later granted an official pardon in the year 1468 by King Edward VI. The Earl of Ormonde is unmarried and is a Committed Lancastrian. He speaks French, Irish, Scottish, and Latin proficiently.