Andrew Reginald Nicholas Gerald Bonaparte-Wyse, CBE, CB, SMOM (1 November 1870 – 1 June 1940) was a British civil servant, for many years the sole Roman Catholic in the Northern Ireland administration to rise to the rank of Permanent Secretary.
He was the grandson of Sir Thomas Wyse, a Member of Parliament and educational reformer, and great-grandson of Lucien Bonaparte. His father, William Charles Bonaparte-Wyse, was a poet who wrote in Provençal, was a friend of Mistral, and became the only foreign member of the consistory of the Félibrige, the Provençal cultural association.
Born in Limerick and educated at Downside School, he received a Bachelor of Arts in French, and a Master of Arts in Classics from the University of London. After teaching for some time near Chester, in 1895 he was appointed an inspector of national schools in Ireland. In 1897, he went to France and Belgium to assist an inquiry into the primary school curriculum. In 1905, Bonaparte-Wyse was appointed to the central office of the Commissioners of National Education, and a decade later was appointed junior secretary, the second-ranking officer in the department. Described by historian Joseph Lee as a "hardline Unionist", Bonaparte-Wyse remarked on the change of attitude in Dublin following the Easter Rising of 1916: "there is a very menacing tone among the lower classes who openly praise the Sinn Féiners for their courage and bravery".
Following the Partition of Ireland in 1922, he transferred to the Northern Ireland Ministry of Education; he commuted to Belfast weekly from his home in Blackrock, County Dublin. In 1927 he was appointed Permanent Secretary, the only Catholic at that grade in the service (the next would be Patrick Shea in 1969) and later became civil service commissioner for Northern Ireland. He retired in 1939. He was a friend of Lord Craigavon.
Bonaparte-Wyse was a member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Knight of Malta, and a CBE and Companion of the Order of the Bath. In 1896 he married Mariya de Chripunov, the daughter of a Russian aristocrat; the couple had had three children, two daughters and a son, who served in the Free French Navy during World War II.
Andrew Nicholas Bonaparte-Wyse died in a nursing home in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland in 1940, aged 69.
- Joseph Lee, Ireland, 1912–1985: Politics and Society. (Cambridge University Press, 1989), page 32.