Bandon election of MP to London Parliament 1863, Honourable Henry Boyle Bernard versus Thomas Kingston Sullivan Esq., Tanner, with electors Names.

Colonel The Honourable Henry Boyle Bernard (1812-1895), Castle Bernard, Educated Eton. He was the third son of James Bernard, 2nd Earl of Bandon (1785–1856) and his wife Mary Susan Albinia Brodrick.  Co. Grand Master Orange Order  Colonel Henry Boyle Bernard.  Commanded 87th South Cork Light Infantry, Coolmain (with 48 acres leased from Stawell family), Kilbrittain in summer, 1876-6.  Supporting Alexander O’Driscoll, J.P. suspended, Bandon 1841.  He was elected at a by-election in February 1863 as the Member of Parliament  for Bandon, filling the vacancy caused by the death of his uncle William Smyth Bernard (a son of the 1st Earl of Bandon).  Elected Conservative MP for Bandon in 1862? defeated Thomas Kingston Sullivan, 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.   1861 Ringarone Schools funded by incumbent, gratuities and Church Education Society.  School at Coolmain western end maintained by Hon. Colonel Bernard.  Used to bring Regiment to Coolmain after exercises in Bandon prior to being disbanded for the harvest.  Prior to death declared bankrupt.  1884, signed a  protest against the dismissal of Lord Rossmore,  Head of Orange Order, Monaghan.

William Conner Sullivan Esq., (1809-1886), Overton, Bandon, tannery proprietor, married 1838 Dora, 4th daughter of R. Treselian. Churchwarden Kilbrogan, 1833.  Hill House, Bandon, William C. Sullivan was leasing this house from the Devonshire estate in 1851 when it was valued at £20. It is labelled Barrett’s Hill House on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map but as Hill House on the 25-inch edition of the 1890s. It does not appear to be extant now.  1845 publicly thanked the Bandon Agricultural Society for endeavours in bringing the railway to Bandon which would shortly  advocate for land improvement.  In  1886 probate to widow £10 probably transferred its properties prior to death.  Brother of Thomas Kingston Sullivan, solicitor major property owner,  whose granddaughter Anne Winifred Sullivan became the Ann W Sullivan was the fourth wife of the 2nd Duke of Westminster,  the Sullivans were tanners and it was from that Tanning family that the second Duchess of Westminster – Ann Sullivan – was descended so to get from tanning in Bandon to that position in society is staggering given that it was only a handful of generations.

Associate of Thomas Kingston Sullivan:

John Hurley, Esq., Brewer, Malster and Hop Merchant, Chapel Lane, Bandon. 1832 election voted for Biggs. with Eugene O’Neill invited Daniel O’Connell to a dinner of the Reformers of West Riding. 1841 meeting to improve navigation on Bandon River. 1842 O’Connell Tribute, Bandon. Involved in Bandon Agricultural Society advocate land improvement and use of native resources, 1845 publicly at the Show. Donor to Bantry Convent of Mercy.  Part of a group of local improvers cross political and religious what Dean Swift would, call Irish patriots who make 2 blades of grass where 1 grew before, including  William Connor Sullivan and T. J. Biggs, Garryhankerdmore.  Will 1855 proven 1849 leaves his mill, brewery, farm to brothers in law, John Hassett, Forest, Macroom, Henry Hassett, attorney, Cork in trust for wife Johanna nee Hassett.   Probably the father of Charles Francis Hurley, brewer died 1874.