Lady Ellen Butler married by command of the King, Gerald, fourth Earl of Desmond. He was the most remarkable man perhaps of all his race, though not after the usual fashion. Lodge and Mr Gilbert in his History of the Irish Viceroys, say that he was so learned that he was popularly regarded as a Magician. Some fragments of Anglo-Norman verse attributed to him still survive. The old Irish Chronicles describe him as a Mathematician and poet, witty, generous and bountiful; a learned and profound historian, an “encourager of the learning of Erin”, and centuries after his death legends asserted that once in every seven years he reappears on a white steed with silver shoes and rides round Lough Gur. In the last century a Mr Bayley, who attempted to drain the Lough, while the work was proceeding was killed by a fall from his horse, and the death was attributed by the peasantry to the (?) of Desmond, angered by the intrusion on his lake girdled fortress. Earl Gerald, as well as his Butler wife, was the relative of Edward the First, for his grandmother … is called in a Royal Charter of February 6th 1291, “Margaret, the King’s Cousin”. This Charter (confirmed) to her and to her husband the lands of Decies and Desmond, granted by King John (to her husband’s ancestor, the grandfather of Margaret’s husband).
(Mary Hickson, The Kerry Evening Post, August 16, 1893)