Agreement made between Francis Edwards, Jacob Sawbridge, Elias Turner, and Charles Ward on behalf of the Governor and Company for making Hollow-Sword Blades in England in the first part, and Francis Bernard, City of Dublin, in the second part. For the sum of £3,566. 5s. 0d. paid by Bernard to the Governor and Company, for a term of one year, they convey to Bernard the town and lands of Knocknacarra, Killdara, [Coghans], Coolmayne, Ballynagragh, Ballinvradigg, Coolbane, Garrylucas Upper, Ballincurrig, and Ardacrow, all in Cork county. Signed by all parties, and signed and sealed by Bernard.

One of the founding blocks of the Bandon estate.

From Boole Library UCC

The Hollow Blade Company acquired large tracts of forfeit land in Co. Cork as part payment for financing the Wars of William of Orange, hit by financial panic in the early 18th century they had to liquidate and this transaction was one where Francis Bernard the equivalent of Senior Counsel had ready cash and acquired this estate and later many more. He was very talented and came from a relatively modest background in Bandon. The Bandon Estate at its peak mainly but exclusively in Co. Cork neared 50,000 acres. It was acquired by purchase not by conquest. By the early 20th century due to the effects of the Land Acts the former tenant farmers were de facto owners subject to an annuity to the Land Commission.

Bandon Estate Durrus:

Bernard Magistrates:

Arthur Bernard, 1752, Bandon, probably son of Arthur who built Palace Anne in 1714 near Murragh and Ann Power (Le Poer), Mount Eglantine, Co. Waterford and brother of Judge Francis Bernard.  In deed of 1717 lets land to  Richard Croker, Nadrid. Subscriber  of 1766 ‘The History of the Irish Rebellion’, Cork, 1766.

Arthur Beamish Bernard Esq., Palace Anne, Bandon, Pre 1822.   Writing 1821 to i Chief Secretary seeking appointment of brother Adderley Beamish Bernard half pay Captain 37th Regiment as Chief Constable of Police, severely wounded serving under Duke of Wellington and he himself active in restoring tranquility to local area.  1828 with Sir Augustus Warren proposed Franklin Baldwin attorney Bandon as Coroner.  Attending Protestant Conservative Society meeting 1832,  Member 1832 Cork Friendly Club. Listed 1854, Subscriber Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland  1837. Member Commission on Magistrates 1838

Francis Bernard, 1668, Bandon

Francis Bernard, Junior, 1728, Bandon

Francis Bernard, 1st Earl of Bandon (1755-1830), 1772, Castle Bernard, Bandon, only son James Bernard and Esther Smith d Percy Smith.  M Lady Catherine Henrietta Boyle d Richard, 2nd Earl of Shannon. MP Ennis 1778-83, Delegate 1783 to Irish Volunteer convention.  Requested to be president of Bandon Brunswick Constitutional Club 1828 donated £50.    Bandonbridge in Irish  Parliament to 1790.  Lady Charlotte Bernard, 2nd daughter married 3rd Viscount Doneraile.

Francis Viscount Bernard, (1785-1856), 2nd Earl of Bandon,  Pre 1838, Castle Bernard, son Francis 1st Earl of Bandon (1755-1830) and Lady Catherine Henrietta Boyle d Richard, 2nd Earl of Shannon.  Deputy Lieutenant 1832. 1834 Member Committee Cork Protestants.  Protestant Protest Meeting Bandon 1834.  Member Commission on Magistrates 1838.  Supporting Alexander O’Driscoll, JP suspended, Bandon 1841. Member provisional Committee projected Bandon to Bantry Railway 1845.  Dining Cork Agricultural Dinner 1848  with ‘Big’ Patrick O’Sullivan Esq., Millcove, Beara, Agent to Lord Bantry and Seneschal voted in Conservative interest.  Anti-Repeal Meeting, Dunmanway 1845. Married 1809 Mary Susan Albina  Brodrick d Archbishop of Cashel Rev. Charles.  listed 1854. MP Youghal 1806-7, 1818-20, Co. Cork 1807-18, Bandon 1820-6, Estate 40,000 acres, Joseph Devonshire Jackson seconded James Bernard 2nd Earl of Bandon 1841, as life member RDS. Attending Landlord Meeting Bandon Courthouse 1846. Lord of Manor Macroom, Kilcrea and Blarney appointed Seneschal 1837 Robert Borlease Warren a tenant and relation retained the right to appoint in Macroom even after selling estate there and being often resident in London.

Francis Bernard, 3rd Earl of Bandon (1817-1877), Castlebernard, son Francis 2nd Earl of Bandon (1755-1830) and Mary Susan Albina Brodrick. Chairing Famine Relief Meeting Dunmanway 1846.  Member Irish Society Antiquaries 1861.  Promoter flax growing West Cork 1850s.  Promoting mineral development in West Cork including barytes mines on his Dereenlomane property, Ballydehob.  Probate 1877, executor James Francis Bernard, 4th Earl £18,000

Colonel Henry Boyle Bernard, Castle Bernard, South Cork Militia, Coolmain, Kilbrittain in summer, 1876-6.  Supporting Alexander O’Driscoll, JP suspended, Bandon 1841.  Elected Conservative MP for Bandon in 1862 defeated Thomas Sullivan Kingston, Esq., Solicitor, defeated 1868, election by William Shaw, Bernard received no Catholic votes. Subscriber 1861 to Smith’s History of Cork.  Cork Spring Assizes Juror 1863.  Committee member Bandon Navigation Scheme 1842.  Member provisional Committee projected Bandon to Bantry Railway 1845.  Anti-Repeal Meeting, Dunmanway 1845.

James Bernard, 1762, Castle Bernard, witness to deed 1767.

John Bernard, 1767, Bernard’s Hall.

Morrough Bernard, possibly other way around.  Seeking equality of endowment in Catholic education 1859.

Percy Broderick Bernard, 1866, Kilbrogan, Bandon, Non-Resident, £6

Roger Bernard, 1731, Pallace Ann, son of Arthur.

Roger Bernard -1774), 1768, Pallis Ann, son of Roger, Cambridge University 1761, died single will 1774

Thomas Bernard, 1782, Palace Anne, Enniskeane, sitting 1835, Bandon

Honourable Captain William Smith/Smyth Bernard, Pre 1831, The Farm, Bandon, listed 1824. Chairing Bandon Brunswick Constitutional Club 1828. Subscriber Lewis  Directory 1837. Attending Protestant Conservative Society meeting 1832 presiding Magistrate 1845.  Attending Landlord Meeting Bandon Courthouse 1846, listed 1854.  Member Commission on Magistrates 1838