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John de Bermingham, 1st Earl of Louth was an Irish peer. He was the commander of the Anglo-Irish army in the Battle of Faughart, the decisive battle in the Irish Bruce Wars 1315–1318. In this battle, Edward Bruce was killed, and Bermingham had Bruce's severed head 'salted in a chest' and transported to England to be put on display before Edward II. He was briefly Viceroy of Ireland in 1321.
Bermingham married a daughter of Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster, and with her had a son and four daughters.
He was murdered in the Braganstown Massacre of 1329, along with some sixty members of his family and household, when his Earldom of Louth became extinct. In 1749 the earldom was created again for a collateral descendant, Thomas Bermingham, 1st Earl of Louth, but it became extinct again on his death in 1799.