Bank Manager. Born 1855, died 1920, buried Rock of Cashel

Edward Ralph Wilson was born in 1855 in Co. Wexford Ireland. He died in Cashel, Co. Tipperary on 8th May 1920.  He was Manager of the National Bank Ltd in Cashel at that time.

Edward Ralph Wilson is buried at the Rock of Cashel, Co Tipperary. His Headstone inscription is as follows:

Sacred heart 


Jesus have mercy on the soul of

Edward Wilson

Manager the National Bank


who died 8th May 1920

aged 65 years


Erected by his sorrowing

wife and family

ERW Headstone Location Rock of Cashel
ERW Headstone on Rock of Cashel (Plot 4) 


Edward Ralph Wilson served with the National Bank Ltd. The National Bank Ltd was founded by Daniel O’Connell in 1835 to enable access for Catholics to banking facilities. The National Bank Ltd was incorporated into the Bank of Ireland in 1965.

Edward Ralph Wilson served in New Ross Co Wexford, his father Edward Wilson worked with the predecessors of Revenue Commissioners (Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise) in New Ross.

Edward Ralph left New Ross in 1899 and was transferred to Listowel Co Kerry.

Address presented to ERW from customers and friends on his departure from New Ross.


He remained in Listowel until circa 1912 having been promoted to Manager there. He then was transferred to Tuam, Co Galway and then to Cashel, Co Tipperary. He was highly regarded by his colleagues and the wider community and reportedly acted as ‘Banker to the Bishops’. During his time in Cashel his three sons, Edward Thomas, Ferdinand and St John joined the National Bank and were all stationed at Cashel. The bank became locally known as ‘Wilson’s Bank’.  

Bank House Cashel Co Tipperry Ireland
Bank House, Main Street Cashel, Tipperary. (now Bank of Ireland branch)

It was in recognition of Edward Ralph’s progressive nature and engaging personality that his family were afforded a burial at the Rock of Cashel.

Family Tree

Wilson Family Tree

His grandson Edward Ralph Wilson (born 1938) followed in the family tradition and joined the National Bank in 1957, retiring from the Bank of Ireland in 1994.

Edward Ralph Wilson
Edward Ralph Wilson (born 1938, living in Dublin Ireland)

Ferdinand Wilson (born 1964)
Ferdinand Wilson (born 1899 died 1970) 

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Transcript of Address presented to Edward Ralph Wilson on his departure from New Ross, Co Wexford:

New Ross Oct 1899

Edward Ralph Wilson Esquire

National Bank Ltd.

Dear Sir,

We the undersigned, many of whom are customers of the National Bank in New Ross and others of us you personal friends in New Ross and its neighbourhood, desire to place on record the deep regret which your removal from amongst us has occasioned.

Those of our number who have had official relations with you can well testify to the urbanity, manifest integrity, and thorough business capacity which made you one of the most popular and esteemed officials ever connected with the New Ross Branch of your bank, while others of us can speak from experience of your geniality and unvarying courtesy and of the deep and sincere interest which you took in all matters, both public and social, connected with this town.

We trust you will make as many friends in your new home as you leave after you here, and that you will soon attain the advancement in the service of your Bank which you character merits, and with every good wish for the future of yourself, Mrs. Wilson and family,

We remain, Dear Sir,

Your sincere friends