Charles of Laois


Introduction to the Bernard Family of  Carlow, Laois and Offaly, Ireland

Charles Bernard of Carlow  born circa 1638 - died 1668 (Children: Thomas John and Philip)

Thomas Bernard and Deborah Franks (Children: Charles, Franks, Elizabeth, Joseph and Anne)

Philip Bernard (1668-1721)

Charles Bernard of Laois (Queen’s Co). (Eldest son of Thomas and Deborah)

Franks Bernard of Carlow (Second son of Thomas and Deborah)

Joseph Bernard of Carlow (youngest son of Thomas and Deborah)

Thomas Bernard of Castletown, Offaly (Son of Joseph and Mary)

John Bernard of Carlow (Son of Joseph and Mary)

William Bernard of Carlow (Son of Joseph and Mary)

Thomas Bernard of Carlow (Son of William and Mary)

Arthur O’Brien Bernard of Carlow and the Isle of Man (son of Thomas and Anne)

Bernards of Tullow, Aghade, Newstowne and Rathrush, Co Carlow

Charles Bernard of Laois (Queen’s Co) was the eldest son of Thomas and Deborah Bernard. He was born about 1688 and died in 1728. There is a record of a Charles Bernard, marrying Rachel Stringer, of Chester in England 12th December 1711.

    "12 Dec Charles Bernard, p. of Nurney, co. Catherlow in Ireland, gent. and Rachel Stringer, p. of Nantwich, co. Chester," 
    Book:  Marton Marriages. Addenda Et Corrigenda. (Marriage) Collection:  Cheshire: - Marriage Bonds of Archdeaconry 1711-1715.

In 1718 Charles Bernard was the high Sheriff of Co. Carlow.  He later established his home in Bernard’s Grove (now Blandsfort), Laois (Queen's Co.). Will dated 1728 (7) . Thomas Piggott was an executor.  He had at least six children who were mentioned in that Deed, (probably in birth order)
  • Thomas Bernard, b. about 1712, married 1736 Elizabeth Pigott (only child of Thomas and Mary Pigott). Thomas Bernard died intestate in 1744. Elizabeth (Pigott) Bernard then married Peter Westenra, Curate of Rosenallis.  Children of Thomas and Elizabeth Bernard:
    • Thomas Bernard (Jr.) 1736 (became a ward of Thomas Piggott, see Exchequer Ct record below)
    • Mary Bernard born about 1737 ( married her cousin William Bernard, son of Joseph and Mary)
    • Elizabeth Bernard b. 1739
Exchequer Court record, July 1736. Thomas Bernard is the ward of Thomas Piggott, his grandfather. Defendants are Franks Bernard, Rachel Bernard (Thomas Bernard's grandmother) Mathew Humphries, Philip Bernard, Joseph Bunbury, Mary, John and Elizabeth Bernard and Edward Fitzgerald
  • John. Died before 1756 intestate, without issue
  • William. Died before 1756 intestate, without issue. As William is not mentioned in the Exchequer Court record (above) he probably died before 1736
  • Elizabeth Bernard. b. about 1713 m. William Carleton of Blaris in Co. Down, Gent, about 1730, she died before 1756. He died about 1789. Sons:
    • Robert Carleton, 1731
    • Henry Carleton 1734
  • Mary Bernard b. about 1715, m. Henry Russell 1739 in Carlow. Henry was a wine cooper in Dublin (died in 1785). Henry and Mary had at least six children:
    • Hugh Russell (the eldest son, born about 1740-died 1790)
    • Catherine Russell, born about 1741, married John Cope in 1760. (He died in 1766. She died before 1767). She left a will (1).
    • Henry (Jun) Russell
    • Rachel married Arundel Maddden in 1767
    • Elizabeth Russell 1749 (the only child with a baptismal record that I could find - Married Jacob Poole, a brewer, in Dublin in 1768
    • Charlotte Russell married James Franks in 1774 (2) . William Henry Russell witnessed the deed (could be the 2nd son Henry or a cousin)
References to these siblings can be found in several memorials at the Registry of Deeds, all from the 1770s (3), (4) and (5)
  • Catherine Bernard. Died before 1756 intestate.  As Catherine is not mentioned in the Exchequer Court record (above) she probably died before 1736
    Mary (Bernard) Russell is mentioned as "one of the younger children" in the Probate abstract for Charles Bernard.  Charles died about 1728

“A Probate of the last Will and testament of Charles Bernard, Drinifilick, Queen's Co., gent. 17th March 1728 by which will the said Charles Bernard devised 400 share and share alike among his younger children pursuant to the settlement made by Thomas Bernard, the testator's father. Witnesses: Franks Bernard, Carlow, Co. Carlow; Henry Rudkins, senr., James Butler, Ballynekill, Queen's Co.   Memorial witnessed by: Wm. Doyle, Kilkenny, gent., Elizabeth Smith, Dublin and Mary Russell, otherwise Bernard, one of the younger children of said testator. (6)   Probate filed 1741.”

Registry of Deeds:  Vol #, Page #, Memorial #
(1)     Memorial 264/3/167173      Image # 8
(2)     Memorial 307/49/202951     Image # 32
(3)     Memorial 291/170/190722     Image # 95
(4)     Memorial 288/560/129721     Image # 310
(5)     Memorial 296/581/198349     Image # 314
(6)     Memorial 100/490/71376     Image # 262
(7)     Memorial 182/576/123052   Image # 295
To find the Memorial go to Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland. Insert Volume# and Image #

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