John Bernard (bishop)

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The Most Reverend

John Bernard

Archbishop of Dublin
Primate of Ireland
John Henry Bernard.jpg
Church Church of Ireland
Diocese Dublin and Glendalough
Elected7 October 1915
In office1915-1919
Predecessor Joseph Peacocke
Successor Charles D'Arcy
Other post(s) Provost of Trinity College (1919-1927)
Consecration25 July 1911
by  Joseph Peacocke
Personal details
Born(1860-11-27)27 November 1860
Raniganj, British Raj
Died29 August 1927(1927-08-29) (aged 66)
Dublin, Irish Free State
Denomination Anglican
SpouseMaude Nannie Bernard
Previous post(s) Bishop 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 was a scholar in Trinity College Dublin in 1879, graduated with a BA in mathematics in 1880. He 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. [2] 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.[ citation needed ]

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. [3] He was regarded as an unrepentant Unionist, representing their interests as a delegate to the 1917–18 Irish Convention.[ citation needed ]

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. [4]

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  1. 1 2 "Ecclesiastical intelligence". The Times. No. 36685. London. 7 February 1902. p. 8.
  2. Malden Richard (ed) (1920). Crockford's Clerical Directory for 1920 (51st edn) . London: The Field Press. p. 117.
  3. Report of the Intermediate Education Board for Ireland 1884
  4. "Lieutenant Robert Bernard". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 30 November 2020.


Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Ossory, Ferns and Leighlin
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop of Dublin
Succeeded by
Academic offices
Preceded by Provost of Trinity College Dublin
Succeeded by