Francis Bernard (lawyer)
Francis Bernard SL
The Serjeants-at-Law was an order of barristers at the English bar. The position of Serjeant-at-Law , or Sergeant-Counter, was centuries old; there are writs dating to 1300 which identify them as descended from figures in France prior to the Norman Conquest...

 (1663 – 30 June 1731) was an Irish
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 lawyer and politician.

He was the son of Francis Bernard of Castle Mahon. Bernard sat as Member of Parliament
Member of Parliament
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 (MP) in the Irish House of Commons
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. He represented Clonakilty
Clonakilty (Parliament of Ireland constituency)
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 between 1692 and 1695 and subsequently Bandonbridge
Bandonbridge (Parliament of Ireland constituency)
Bandonbridge was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons to 1800.-Boundaries and Boundary Changes:This constituency was based in the town of Bandon in County Cork....

 between 1695 and 1727. He was appointed Solicitor-General for Ireland
Solicitor-General for Ireland
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 in 1711, a post he held until 1714, and prime Serjeant-at-Law in 1724. Two years later he became a Judge on the Irish Court of Common Pleas
Court of Common Pleas (Ireland)
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In 1693, Bernard married Alice Ludlow, daughter of Stephen Ludlow. They had a daughter and several sons. His grandson James
James Bernard (politician)
James Bernard 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. Bernard represented Cork County in the Irish House of Commons from 1781 until his death in 1790.He married Esther Smith,...

 was the ancestor of the Earls of Bandon
Earl of Bandon
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