Francis Bernard, 1st Earl of Bandon
He was the only son of James Bernard and his wife Esther Smith, daughter of Percy Smith. Between 1778 and 1783, Bernard sat as Member of Parliament (MP) for Ennis. Subsequently he represented Bandonbridge in the Irish House of Commons until 1790.
In 1793, Bernard was raised to the peerage with the title Baron Bandon, of Bandonbridge, in the County of Cork, and in 1795, he was further ennobled as Viscount Bandon, of Bandonbridge, in the County of Cork. On 29 August 1800, he was finally advanced to the dignities of Earl of Bandon and Viscount Bernard. Bernard was one of the thirty original Irish Representative Peers and sat in the House of Lords between from 1801 until his death in 1830.
On 12 February 1784, Bernard married Catherine Henrietta Boyle, only daughter of the 2nd Earl of Shannon and Catherine Ponsonby. They had five sons and four daughters. He died aged 75 at Castle Bernard and was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son James.
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|Parliament of Ireland|
Sir Lucius O'Brien, 3rd Bt
| Member of Parliament for Ennis
With: William Burton
John Thomas Foster
William Brabazon Ponsonby
Lodge Evans Morres
| Member of Parliament for Bandonbridge
With: Lodge Evans Morres
Lodge Evans Morres
|Peerage of Ireland|
|New creation|| Earl of Bandon