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Bandon, Earl of (I, 1800 - 1979)


Creation: let.pat. 29 Aug 1800


Extinct: 8 Feb 1979


Family name: Bernard




Argent on a Bend Azure three Escallops of the field


A Demi Lion Argent holding a Snake proper


Dexter:  a Stag Argent;  Sinister:  an Unicorn Argent, both ducally gorged and chained Or


Virtus Probata Florebit



Francis [Bernard], 1st Baron Bandon later 1st Viscount Bandon later 1st Earl of Bandon

only son and heir of James Bernard MP by his wife Esther Gookin (widow of Robert Gookin), sister and hrss. of William Smythe, of Headborough, co. Waterford, and dau. of Percy Smythe, of Headborough, co. Waterford


26 Nov 1755


12 Feb 1784 Lady Catherine Henrietta Boyle (b. 12 Jan 1768; d. 8 Jul 1815; bur. at Ballymodan, co. Cork), only dau. of Richard [Boyle], 2nd Earl of Shannon, by his wife Catherine Ponsonby, 1st dau. of Rt Hon James Ponsonby, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons


1. Hon James Bernard, later 2nd Earl of Bandon

2. Very Rev Hon Richard Boyle Bernard DD, Dean of Leighlin (b. 4 Sep 1787; d. 1850)

3. Lieut Hon Francis Bernard (b. 17 Feb 1879; dvp. 1813)

4. Lt Col Hon William Smyth Bernard MP (b. 13 Sep 1792; d. 6 Feb 1863), mar. 1831 Elizabeth Gilman, only dau. of Lt Col ..... Gilman, of Clancoole, co. Cork

5. Cornet Hon Henry Boyle Bernard (b. 5 Dec 1797; dvp. at the Battle of Waterloo 1815)

6. Hon Charles Ludlow Bernard (b. 12 Apr 1805; d. 21 Jan 1861)

1. Lady Catherine Henrietta Bernard (d. 1850)

2. Lady Charlotte Esther Bernard (b. 28 Jan 1794; d. 7 Feb 1842), mar. 14 Jun 1816 her cousin Hayes [St Leger], 3rd Viscount Doneraille, and had issue

3. Lady Louisa Anne Bernard (d. 26 May 1851)


26 Nov 1830


30 Nov 1793 Baron Bandon, of Bandon Bridge in the County of Cork

6 Oct 1795 Viscount Bandon, of Bandon Bridge in the County of Cork

29 Aug 1800 Viscount Bernard and Earl of Bandon

suc. by



Member of Parliament [I] for Ennis 1778-83 and for Bandon Bridge 1783-90; Representative Peer for Ireland (Tory) 1800-30


James [Bernard], 2nd Earl of Bandon


14 Jun 1785


13 Mar 1809 Mary Susan Brodrick (b. 9 Oct 1787; d. 23 Apr 1870; bur. at Bandon, co. Cork), 1st dau. of Most Rev Hon Charles Brodrick DD, Archbishop of Cashel (by his wife Mary Woodward, dau. of Rt Rev Richard Woodward DD, Bishop of Cloyne), 3rd son of George [Brodrick], 3rd Viscount Midleton


1. Hon Francis Bernard, later 3rd Earl of Bandon

2. Rt Rev Hon Charles Brodrick Bernard DD, Bishop of Tuam (b .4 Jan 1811; d. 31 Jan 1890), mar. 25 Jul 1843 Hon Jane Grace Evans-Freke (d. 5 Jun 1892), sister of George Patrick [Evans-Freke], 7th Baron Carbery, and 2nd dau. of Percy Evans-Freke, by his wife Dorothea Harvey, dau. of Rev Christopher Harvey DD. of Kyle, co. Wexford, and had issue:

1a. Percy Brodrick Bernard, Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Member of Parliament for Bandon 1880-1912 (b. 17 Sep 1844; d. 18 Jul 1912), mar. (1) 11 Apr 1872 Isabel Emma Beatrice Lane (d. 1 May 1876), dau. of John Newton Lane, of Kings Bromley Manor, co. Stafford, and had issue:

1b. Lt Col Ronald Percy Hamilton Bernard (b. 18 Mar 1875; d. 2 Feb 1921), mar. 5 Jan 1904 Lettice Mina Paget (mar. (2) 27 May 1922 as his second wife Lt Col Hon Charles Christopher Josceline Littleton DSO, 3rd son of Edward George Percy [Littleton], 3rd Baron Hatherton; d. 6 Dec 1969), 2nd dau. of Capt Gerald Cecil Stewart Paget (by his wife Lucy Annie Emily Gardiner, 2nd dau. of Richard Gardiner MP), 4th son of Lord Alfred Henry Paget CB MP (by his wife Cecilia Wyndham, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of George Thomas Wyndham, of Cromer Hall, co. Norfolk), 2nd son by his second wife of Henry William [Paget], 1st Marquess of Ailesbury, and had issue:

1c. Percy Ronald Gardner Bernard, later 5th Earl of Bandon

2c. Hon Charles Brodrick Amyas Bernard CBE, of Saxmundham, co. Suffolk, granted the style and precedence of a younger son of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1925 (b. 30 Aug 1904), mar. 13 Jul 1937 Hon Ursula Margaret Vivian (b. 13 May 1910; dsp. 2 Aug 1963), 1st dau. of Odo Richard [Vivian], 3rd Baron Swansea

1c. Lady Cynthia Lettice Margaret Bernard, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an earl by Royal Warrant 1925 (b. 3 Dec 1905), mar. (1) 21 Jul 1925 (div. 1936) Maj Francis Christian Darby Tothill (d. 1992), 1st son of Admiral Sir Hugh Tothill KCB KCMG KCVO, of The Chantry, Bradford-on-Avon, and (2) 9 Dec 1947 A/Cdre Lionel Guy Stanhope Payne CBE MC AFC RAF, of Park Lane, London (d. 1965), son of Peter George Stanhope Payne, and has issue by her first husband

Mr Percy Bernard mar. (2) 6 Feb 1880 Mary Lissey Kirwan (d. 1 Aug 1898), only dau. and hrss. of Denis Kirwan, of Castle Hacket, co. Galway, and had issue:

2b. Lt Gen Sir Denis John Charles Kirwan Bernard KCB CMG DSO, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Bermuda 1939-41 (b. 22 Oct 1882; d. 19..)

3b. Percy Arthur Ernald Bernard (b. 17 Feb 1889; d. 22 Feb 1922)

1b. Frances Mary Bernard (b. 18 Nov 1880; d. 19..), mar. (1) 22 Feb 1900 (div. 1916) George Arthur Paley, of Ampton Hall, co. Suffolk (d. 29 Apr 1941), and (2) 28 Sep 1916 Capt Henry Hastings Brooke (d. 19 Feb 1920), and had issue by her first husband

2b. Mary Winifred Bernard (b. 27 Oct 1886; d. 19..), mar. 27 Jul 1920 Lt Col Robert Leech Galloway DSO, of Lough Gur Grange, co. Limerick

Mr Percy Bernard mar. (3) 2 Jun 1900 Evangeline Hoare (mar. (2) 5 Nov 1919 Hon Charles Hedley Strutt MP, 4th son of John James [Strutt], 2nd Baron Rayleigh; d. 17 Feb 1950), 2nd dau. of Henry Hoare, of Staplehurst, co. Kent, and had further issue:

4b. Morogh Wyndham Percy Bernard, of The Old Glebe House, Shankhill, co. Dublin (b. 5 Feb 1902; d. 16 Feb 1977), mar. 15 Apr 1929 Hon Diana Pearl Dundas (b. 7 Aug 1902), 2nd dau. of Henry Charles Clement [Dundas], 7th Viscount Melville, and had issue:

1c. Josephine Maria Jane Bernard (b. 27 Jun 1934), mar. 28 Nov 1953 Ian [Balfour], 2nd Baron Balfour of Inchyre, and has issue

2a. Capt James Boyle Bernard (b. 22 Dec 1847; d. 31 Jul 1884), mar. 25 Apr 1876 Emily Georgina Gascoyne (d. 28 Mar 1885), 3rd dau. of Maj Henry Gascoyne, of Mackney, Ballinasloe, and had issue:

1b. Capt Albert Charles Fenton Gascoyne Bernard (b. 2 Apr 1878; d. 4 May 1908)

1b. Beatrice Mary Georgina Louisa Bernard (b. 11 Mar 1877; d. 26 May 1946), mar. 27 Dec 1899 (div. 1907) John Ernest Hutton, only son of John Hutton MP, of Solberge, co. York, and had issue

3. Hon Henry Boyle Bernard, of Coolmain Castle, co. Cork, Member of Parliament for Bandon Bridge 1863-68 (b. 6 Feb 1812; dsp. 14 Mar 1895), mar. 18 Jan 1848 Matilda Sophia Turner (d. 23 Oct 1892), yst. dau. of Lt Gen Charles Turner

1. Lady Catherine Henrietta Bernard (b. c.1814; d. 20 Jun 1887)


31 Oct 1856 (bur. at Bandon, co. Cork)

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Tory) for Youghal 1806-07, for County Cork 1807-18 and for Bandon Bridge 1820-26 and 1830; Representative Peer for Ireland 1835-56; Lord Lieutenant of co. Cork 1842-56; Recorder of Bandon


Francis [Bernard], 3rd Earl of Bandon


3 Jan 1810


16 Aug 1832 Catherine Mary Whitmore (d. 15 Dec 1873), 1st dau. of Thomas Whitmore, of Apley, co. Salop, by his wife Catherine Thomason, dau. and hrss. of Thomas Thomason, of York


1. Hon James Francis Bernard, later 4th Earl of Bandon

1. Lady Mary Catherine Henrietta Bernard (dsp. 11 Jan 1920), mar. 30 Jul 1863 Col Richard William Aldworth DL, of Newmarket, co. Cork (dsp. 5 Feb 1899)

2. Lady Louisa Albinia Bernard (d. 25 Sep 1928)

3. Lady Charlotte Esther Emily Bernard

4. Lady Emma Harriet Bernard

5. Lady Adelaide Mary Lucy Bernard (d. 29 Sep 1884), mar. 11 Nov 1878 as his first wife Sir Henry Monson de la Poer Beresford later Beresford-Peirse, 3rd Bt., and had issue

6. Lady Kathleen Frances Bernard (d. 22 Feb 1921), mar. 2 Jun 1885 Alfred William George Gaussen (d. 6 Apr 1910), son of F C Gaussen, and had issue


17 Feb 1877

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Bandon Bridge 1831 and 1842-56; Representative Peer for Ireland 1858-77; Lord Lieutenant of co. Cork 1874-77


James Francis [Bernard], 4th Earl of Bandon, KP


12 Sep 1850


22 Jun 1876 Hon Georgiana Dorothea Harriet Evans-Freke CBE (b. 3 Nov 1853; dsp. 29 Jun 1942), only child of George Patrick Percy [Evans-Freke], 7th Baron Carbery, by his wife Harriet Maria Catherine Shuldham, dau. of Gen Edmund Shuldham, of Dunmanway, co. Cork


s.p. 18 May 1924

suc. by

1st cousin twice removed


Sheriff of co. Cork 1875; State Steward to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1876-77; Lord Lieutenant of co. Cork 1877-1924; Representative Peer for Ireland (Conservative) 1881-1924; Knight of St Patrick 1900


Percy Ronald Gardner [Bernard], 5th Earl of Bandon, CB CVO DSO


30 Aug 1904

mar. (1)

28 Feb 1933 (div. 1946) Mabel Elizabeth Playfair (mar. (2) 1965 Sir Reginald Holcroft, 2nd Bt.), 2nd dau. of Raymond Playfair, of Nairobi, Kenya

children by his first wife

1. Lady Jennifer Jane Bernard (b. 30 Apr 1935; d. 3 Jun 2010)

1. Lady Frances Elizabeth Bernard (b. 4 Feb 1943), mar. 1967 Paul Mark Carter, of Hill House, Midgham, co. Berkshire, and has issue

mar. (2)

2 Oct 1946 Lois White (former wife of S/Ldr Frederick Arthur White RAF), dau. of Francis Russell, of Victoria, Australia


s.p.m. 8 Feb 1979


RAF Staff College 1938; served in World War II 1939-45; DSO 1940; CB 1945; Commandant, Royal Observer Corps 1945-48; Air office commanding No 2 Group 1950-51 and No 11 Group 1951-53; CVO 1953; Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Training) 1953-64


On the death of the 5th Earl of Bandon without a male heir all his titles became extinct.


 Last updated 26 Jun 2010



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