Francis Bernard, 3rd Earl of Bandon

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Francis Bernard, 3rd Earl of Bandon (3 January 1810 – 17 February 1877), styled Viscount Bernard between 1830 and 1856, was an Irish peer and politician.

Background and education[edit]

Born in Grosvenor Street, London, he was the son of James Bernard, 2nd Earl of Bandon, and Mary Susan Albinia, eldest daughter of Charles Brodrick, Archbishop of Cashel.[1] Bernard was educated at Oriel College, Oxford, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1830 and a Master of Arts four years thereafter.[1]

Political career[edit]

Bernard entered the British House of Commons in January 1831, sitting for Bandon, the same constituency his father had represented before, until July. He was returned for it again from 1842 until 1856, when he succeeded his father as earl. Two years later, Bernard was elected an Irish Representative Peer. In 1874, he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Cork, post he held until his death in 1877.


He married Catherine Mary, eldest daughter of Thomas Whitmore, in 1832. They had one son and two daughters. His wife died in December 1873. Bernard survived her by four years and died at Castle Bernard, County Cork, in February 1877, aged 67. He was succeeded in the earldom by his only son James.


  1. ^ a b Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. p. 102.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Bernard, Viscount Bernard
Member of Parliament for Bandon
JanuaryJuly 1831
Succeeded by
Augustus Clifford
Preceded by
Joseph Devonsher Jackson
Member of Parliament for Bandon
1842 – 1856
Succeeded by
William Smyth Bernard
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Fermoy
Lord Lieutenant of Cork
1874 – 1877
Succeeded by
The Earl of Bandon
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
James Bernard
Earl of Bandon
1856 – 1877
Succeeded by
James Francis Bernard