Bermingham, Patrick (c.1460–1532), judge and administrator, was born in Ireland, and entered Lincoln's Inn, London, where between 1478 and 1476 he kept at least four terms and suffered a period of expulsion. He inherited his brother John's Irish estates in 1483. He appears as clerk of the exchequer in Ireland in 1503 and became chief justice of the king's bench in Ireland on 2 December 1513; the patent was renewed in 1521 (also allowing him discretion to leave Ireland), and he retained the office till death. By 1520 he was a member of the Irish council; in 1521 he also became chancellor of the green wax and the exchequer. In 1528 he and Archbishop Hugh Inge (qv) of Dublin were in practical command of the administration in the absence of the deputy (the earl of Kildare (qv)), and in 1529 Bermingham, Archbishop Alen (qv), and John Rawson (qv), treasurer, formed the ‘secret council’ supplanting the earl of Ossory (qv) as deputy. In 1532 Bermingham and Rawson reported adversely on William Skeffington's deputyship, and Kildare was reappointed. After some months of illness Bermingham died in December 1532, leaving one son, William, who married Margaret, daughter of Thomas St Lawrence, justice of the king's bench in Ireland.
DNB; Ball, Judges, i, 192; NHI, ii, ix; ODNB