John Bernard (bishop)

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The Most Reverend

John Bernard

Archbishop of Dublin
Primate of Ireland
John Henry Bernard.jpg
ChurchChurch of Ireland
DioceseDublin and Glendalough
Elected7 October 1915
In office1915-1919
PredecessorJoseph Peacocke
SuccessorCharles D'Arcy
Other postsProvost of Trinity College (1919-1927)
Consecration25 July 1911
by Joseph Peacocke
Personal details
Born(1860-11-27)November 27, 1860
Raniganj, British Raj
DiedAugust 29, 1927(1927-08-29) (aged 66)
Dublin, Irish Free State
SpouseMaude Nannie Bernard
Previous postBishop of Ossory, Ferns and Leighlin (1911-1915)

John Henry Bernard, PC (27 July 1860 – 29 August 1927), was an Irish Anglican clergyman.


Bernard was born in Raniganj, India. He graduated with a BA in mathematics from Trinity College Dublin in 1880, was elected a Fellow there in 1884, and was later a member of the council of the university, where he held the office of King's Lecturer of Divinity from 1888 to 1902.[1]

He was appointed treasurer of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, by the Dean Henry Jellett in 1897. On Jellett´s death, in December 1901, Bernard became a favorite to succeed him as Dean, a position to which he was elected by the chapter of the cathedral 6 February 1902.[1] He served as such until 1911, when he was appointed Bishop of Ossory, Ferns and Leighlin. In 1915 he was appointed Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, serving until 1919.

A prolific scholar, in many fields, including Church history, theology and philosophy, he was the president of the Royal Irish Academy from 1916 to 1921 and Provost of Trinity College Dublin from 1919 to 1927. He was a member of the Board of National Education in Ireland, in which capacity he served as examiner of mathematics in the 1880s.[2] He was regarded as an unrepentant Unionist, representing their interests as a delegate to the 1917–18 Irish Convention.

Bernard married his cousin Maude Nannie Bernard in 1885; they had two sons and two daughters (Parker (2005): 73). In April 1915 his son, Lieutenant Robert Bernard of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers was killed in action during the Gallipoli Campaign. He is commemorated at V Beach Cemetery by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.[3]

Selected works[edit]


  • Bernard, John Henry (1920). Dogma and criticism. London: Longmans, Green, & Co. p. 38 p. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |month= and |coauthors= (help)
  • ——— (1922). The Bernards of Kerry. Dublin: The Author, printed by The University Press. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |month= and |coauthors= (help)
  • ——— (1924). The cathedral church of Saint Patrick : a history & description of the building, with a short account of the deans. London: G. Bell. xii, 88 p. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |month= and |coauthors= (help)
  • ——— (1928). A. H. McNeile (ed.). A critical and exegetical commentary on the Gospel according to St. John. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark. xii, 88 p. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |month= and |coauthors= (help)

Edited by[edit]

  • Butler, Joseph (1900). ——— (ed.). The works of Bishop Butler; a new edition with introduction and notes by J. H. Bernard. London: Macmillan & Co. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |month= and |coauthors= (help)
  • Kant, Immanuel (1914). ——— (ed.). Kant's Critique of judgement / translated with introduction and notes by J. H. Bernard (2nd ed, rev. ed.). London: Macmillan & Co. xlviii, 429 p. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |month= and |coauthors= (help)


  1. ^ a b "Ecclesiastical intelligence". The Times (36685). London. 7 February 1902. p. 8.
  2. ^ Report of the Intermediate Education Board for Ireland 1884
  3. ^,%20ROBERT


  • Parker, Sarah (2005). Grace & Favour: The Hampton Court Palace Community 1750–1950. Hampton Court Palace: Historic Royal Palaces. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |month= and |coauthors= (help)
  • Murray, Robert H. (1931). Archbishop Bernard: Professor, Prelate and Provost. SPCK, London; Hodges, Figgis & Co., Dublin; The Macmillan Co., New York & Toronto. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |month= and |coauthors= (help)

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Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Henry Jellett
Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin
Succeeded by
Charles Thomas Ovenden
Preceded by
Charles Frederick D'Arcy
Bishop of Ossory, Ferns and Leighlin
Succeeded by
John Allen Fitzgerald Gregg
Preceded by
Joseph Ferguson Peacocke
Archbishop of Dublin
Succeeded by
Charles Frederick D'Arcy
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Pentland Mahaffy
Provost of Trinity College Dublin
Succeeded by
Edward John Gwynn