James Bernard (politician)

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James Bernard (8 December 1729 – 7 July 1790)[1] was an Irish politician and ancestor of the Earls of Bandon.

He was the grandson of Francis Bernard, a Solicitor-General for Ireland and Member of Parliament.[2] Bernard represented Cork County in the Irish House of Commons from 1781 until his death in 1790.[1]

He married Esther Smyth, youngest daughter of Percy Smyth of Headborough, son of Sir Percy Smyth of Ballynatray, Co. Waterford.[3] They had five daughters and a son, Francis, who was elevated to the Peerage of Ireland.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment - Irish House of Commons 1692-1800". Retrieved 27 March 2009. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "ThePeerage - James Bernard". Retrieved 27 March 2009. 
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Richard Townsend
Sir Robert Deane, 6th Bt
Member of Parliament for Cork County
With: Richard Townsend 1781–1783
Robert King, Viscount Kingsborough 1783–1790
Succeeded by
Robert King, Viscount Kingsborough
Abraham Morris