From 1854 Partial tenant Listing on Western Lord Bandon (Bernard) Estate, including Durrus, Dromnea Kilcrohane, part Caheragh, Dereenlomane Ballydehob and Bandon Bernards Magistrates.

The Bandon Estate was assembled by purchase starting with the earning of Francis Bernard  a successful Bandon Lawyer in Dublin in the late 17th adn early 18th century.   The western portion commenced on the outskirts of Bandon and included isolated pockets in Durrus, Dromnea Kilcrohane, part caheragh, Dereenlomane Ballydehob.

The Durrus lands were pre the Rebellion of 1641 in the control of the Mccarthy Mucklagh family of Scart later Gearhameen Castle (Coolnalong).  On their land bring forfeit by rebellion it passed to Colonel Reid was bought by the Evansons who had been on Castledonovan on forfeit O’Donovan lands .  They got into financial difficulty in the early 18th century and Francis Bernard purchased  and leased back to the Evansons.  Their lease expired c 1850 the Bernard  recoved Durrus, levelled the mud cabins and laid out the present village.

Initially in 1850 a relation, Colonel Bernard managed the estate, he was replaced by the Bandon Wheeler Doherty firm of solicitors and land agents. By granting mortgages to the Bernard family in the 19th century they had effective control of the estate.   In the early 1970s the records were acquired by the Cork Archives, major restoration work was done but the contents have not yet been catalogued.  Transcription from the ledgers is slow and time consuming.

Partial Tenant Listing:

Right Honourable Honourable James Earl of Bandon, Castlebernard, Subscriber Lewis 1837.  Subscriber John Ryan, 1845 ’20 Years of Popish Persecution’.  Member Commission on Magistrates 1838 subscriber, 2 copies,  1861 to Smith’s History of Cork. Bandon 1869.

Right. Hon. James Francis Earl of Bandon, (see also Bernard) K.P., 1871, Castlebernard, Chairman Irish Landowners Association 1910 Listed 1913, listed 1922.

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