Caricature by ATn published in Vanity Fair in 1870.
Caricature by ATn published in Vanity Fair in 1870.

Ralph Bernal Osborne of Newtown Anner House, County Tipperary, MP (26 March 1808 – 4 January 1882), born and baptised with the name of Ralph Bernal, Jr., was a British Liberal politician.


He was the eldest son of London Sephardic Spanish and Portuguese Jewish Parliamentarian Ralph Bernal, himself an MP, who died in 1854, and wife Ann Elizabeth (née White). The younger Bernal entered the military in 1831, as an Ensign of the 71st (Highland) Regiment of Foot. He later served with the 7th (Royal Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot, and finally left the army in 1844 with the rank of Captain.

He had already been elected to Parliament in 1841 as a member for Chipping Wycombe, in the Liberal interest, and later sat for Middlesex (1847–57), Dover (1857–59), Liskeard (1859–65), Nottingham (1866–68), and Waterford City (1870–74).

In the Railway Times of 21 June 1845 he is the first person listed in the provisional committee for the Leicester, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Burton-upon-Trent and Stafford Junction Railway: Ralph R. Bernal Osborne, MP for Wycombe, address: Albemarle Street. The railway was never built.

Beside being a Parliamentarian, he was also Secretary of the Admiralty.

When he died, his house at Newtown Anner, Clonmel, County Tipperary, Munster, Ireland, was surrounded by more than 13,000 acres (53 km2) of land.


On 20 August 1844 he married Catherine Isabella Osborne (30 June 1819 – 20 June 1880), from an Anglo-Irish landed family , the daughter of Sir Thomas Osborne, 9th Baronet and Catherine Rebecca Smith, and on the same day he took her name and his name was legally changed by Royal Licence, becoming Ralph Bernal Osborne.[1]

His two daughters shared his estate. His older daughter, Edith Bernal Osborne, married Sir Henry Arthur Blake;[2][3] His younger daughter, Grace Bernal Osborne (d. London, 18 November 1926), married William Amelius Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk, 10th Duke of St Albans.[4] His grandson was Osborne Beauclerk, 12th Duke of St Albans.



  1. ^ "The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/2234. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ "Edith Blake: Journal of journey in China, Korea and Japan - Archives Hub".
  3. ^ Irish Women Artists: From the eighteenth century to the present day, Wanda Ryan, Jenni Rogers, National Gallery of Ireland, 1987, p. 150
  4. ^ Derek Beales, 'Osborne, Ralph Bernal (1808?–1882)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, May 2007 accessed 28 March 2009
Political offices Preceded byAugustus Stafford First Secretary of the Admiralty 1853–1858 Succeeded byHenry Lowry-Corry Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byGeorge Robert SmithSir George Dashwood, Bt Member of Parliament for Chipping Wycombe 1841–1847 With: Sir George Dashwood, Bt Succeeded byMartin Tucker SmithSir George Dashwood, Bt Preceded byThomas WoodLord Robert Grosvenor Member of Parliament for Middlesex 1847–1857 With: Lord Robert Grosvenor Succeeded byRobert HanburyLord Robert Grosvenor Preceded byEdward Royd RiceViscount Chelsea Member of Parliament for Dover 1857–1859 With: Sir William Russell, Bt Succeeded bySir Henry John LeekeWilliam Nicol Preceded byRalph Grey Member of Parliament for Liskeard 1859–1865 Succeeded bySir Arthur Buller Preceded bySir Robert Clifton, BtSamuel Morley Member of Parliament for Nottingham 1866–1868 With: Viscount Amberley Succeeded bySir Robert Clifton, BtCharles Wright Preceded bySir Henry Barron, BtJames Delahunty Member of Parliament for Waterford City 1870–1874 With: James Delahunty Succeeded byRichard PowerPurcell O'Gorman