Austrian Wappenbüch

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Austrian Wappenbüch

Postby Ryan Shuflin » 28 May 2013, 19:46

http://books.google.nl/books?id=jLpSAAAAcAAJ&pg=PT131&source=gbs_selected_pages&cad=3#v=onepage&q&f=false

Interestingly there is a Buttler family that looks to be related to the Butlers of Ireland

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Re: Austrian Wappenbüch

Postby Chris Green » 29 May 2013, 07:03

Walter Butler (1578 or earlier -1634), a distant relative of the Earls of Ormonde, fought with the Irish Legion for the Holy Roman Emperor during the Thirty Years War. He was seriously wounded and captured by the Swedes in 1631 at Frankfurt an der Oder but ransomed after 6 months. He subsequently fought in Silesia and was responsible for recruitment of troops in Poland. He later commanded the force sent by Generalissimo Albrecht von Wallenstein to protect his lands at Sagan (now Zagan) in Silesia.

When Wallenstein was charged with high treason in February 1634 he attempted to escape to the Protestant forces under Bernard of Saxe-Weimar, escorted by a small force which included Lt Col Butler's Irish dragoons, but Butler and his fellow officers were loyal to the Emperor and concluded that Wallenstein was too dangerous to be allowed to join the Protestants. On the night of 25 February they first massacred officers loyal to Wallenstein at Cheb castle and then later in the night, one of Butler's officers, Captain Walter Devereux, assassinated Wallenstein with a halberd at his lodgings.

For his loyalty, the Emperor ennobled Butler as a Count and awarded him the Wallenstein lands at Friedburg as well as giving him Colonelship of his Irish dragoons.

Count von Butler fought with distinction at Nordlingen on 27 August 1634. Thereafter he was sent to besiege Protestant-held towns in Wurttemburg and died at Schorndorf on Christmas Day 1634.

The CoA in the Wappenbuch shows the undifferenced Butler arms at Q2, to which, as but a distant cousin or the Earl of Ormonde, Walter Butler would not have been entitled. The arms at Q1 may have been those granted to Butler at his ennoblement.
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Re: Austrian Wappenbüch

Postby Chris Green » 29 May 2013, 10:27

I note that this is the sixth volume, so the hunt is on for the others! I also note that many of the family names in this volume are not germanic. Dandolo and Correr for example were prominent Venetian families (Venice being part of the Austrian Empire on and off from 1797-1866). Without having had time to research all the other names, perhaps volume 6 was specifically for families of non-HRE origin. There is no text, so perhaps we need to find volume 1 to find the explanation.
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Re: Austrian Wappenbüch

Postby Frederick Siler » 20 Sep 2014, 20:53

Chris;
Regarding the Armorial of the Austrian monarchy, I have links to all of the 37 volumes in this series Armorial of the Austrian Monarchy, (Wappenbuch der Oesterreichischen Monarchie), by JA Tyroff, published 1831-1868. You can find them at
[url]http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tqpeiffer/[/url]
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