Rev. Duke Butler

1723 - 1780


Anglican clergyman, of Okeford Fitzpaine in Dorset. He and his brothers inherited from their father Thomas Butler of Camberwell (q.v.) the New River and Grove estates on Nevis that had belonged to their grandfather Capt. Thomas Butler (whose will was proved in 1687). The brothers reportedly sold the New River estate in 1745 to William Clarke of Camberwell [their brother-in-law] and John Hooker of Portsmouth, while Duke Butler's children (including Rev. William Butler, q.v.) held his share of Grove in 1785: in the 1830s representatives of Duke Butler claimed compensation for the enslaved people on Grove under mortgage deeds of 1794, implying they had sold the estate and taken back a mortgage on the estate and the enslaved people attached to it.

  1. Son of Thomas of Camberwell, Surrey, gent. Queen's College [Oxford] matric. 14/06/1740 aged 17, BA 1744.


Terry Townsend, 'The slave-owning vicar of Okeford-Fitzpaine', [accessed 24/02/2016]; Vere Langford Oliver, History of Antigua Vol. I 'Pedigree of Butler' p. 93. To date no will has been found for Rev. Duke Butler.

  1., Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886 1715-1886 Vol. I [database online].

Further Information

Mrs Mary Freke
Thomas; James; William; Mary; Jane
Oxford (Queen's) [1740-1744 ]
Church of England

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1744 [SY] - 1780 [LA] → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Country house
Old Rectory, Okeford Fitzpaine [Built] 
description →
OKEFORD FITZPAINE GREENHAYES (WEST SIDE) ST 8010 15/135 The Old Rectory (previously 4.10.60 listed as 'Rectory') - II House, mid C18 for Rev Duke Butler. Rendered above rubble plinth. Tiled roof with...

Relationships (3)

Father → Son
Son → Father
Trustee → Testator

Addresses (1)

Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset, Wessex, England