Francis Bernard (judge)

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Francis Bernard SL (1663 – 30 June 1731)[1] was an Irish lawyer, politician and judge.

He was the son of Francis Bernard of Castle Mahon and Mary Freke, daughter of Arthur Freke and Dorothy Smyth and sister of Percy Freke.[2] Bernard sat as Member of Parliament (MP) in the Irish House of Commons. He represented Clonakilty between 1692 and 1695[1] and subsequently Bandonbridge between 1695 and 1727.[1] He was appointed Solicitor-General for Ireland in 1711,[3] a post he held until 1714, and Prime Serjeant in 1724.[3] Two years later he became a Judge on the Irish Court of Common Pleas.[4]

In 1693, Bernard married Alice Ludlow, daughter of Stephen Ludlow M.P.[5] They had a daughter, Elizabeth, who married firstly James Caulfeild, 3rd Viscount Charlemont, and secondly Thomas Adderley, and six sons.[5] His grandson James, son of Major North Ludlow Bernard and his first wife Rose Echlin, was the ancestor of the Earls of Bandon.[6] The leading statesman James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont was another of Bernard's grandsons.


  1. ^ a b c "Leigh Rayment - Irish House of Commons 1692-1800". Archived from the original on 1 June 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2009.
  2. ^ "ThePeerage - Francis Bernard". Retrieved 28 March 2009.[unreliable source]
  3. ^ a b Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. I (4th ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. p. 74.
  4. ^ Haydn, Joseph (1851). The Book of Dignities: Containing Rolls of the Official Personages of the British Empire. London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longman's. p. 455.
  5. ^ a b Lodge, Edmund (1838). The Genealogy of the Existing British Peerage (6th ed.). London: Saunder and Otley. pp. 37.
  6. ^ "ThePeerage - James Bernard". Retrieved 28 March 2009.[unreliable source]
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Patriot Parliament
Member of Parliament for Clonakilty
With: Percy Freke
Succeeded by
Bryan Townsend
Percy Freke
Preceded by
Sir William Moore, 2nd Bt
Edward Riggs
Member of Parliament for Bandonbridge
With: Edward Riggs 1695–1703
Richard Gorges 1703–1713
Arthur Bernard 1713–1715
Martin Bladen 1715–1727
Succeeded by
George Freke
Stephen Bernard
Legal offices
Preceded by
William Whitshed
Solicitor-General for Ireland
Succeeded by
John Rogerson