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Goodacre, Hugh

Goodacre, Hugh (d. 1553), Church of Ireland archbishop of Armagh, graduated BA (1529), MA (1532), and B.Th. (1552), from Oxford University, where he was recorded as…

Goodall, Ken (Kenneth George)

Goodall, Ken (Kenneth George) (1947–2006), rugby player, was born 23 February 1947 in Leeds, England. Educated at Foyle College, Derry city, where he first encountered rugby, he played in the second row there and with Ulster schools. Playing junior rugby with City of Derry RFC from…

Good, James Winder

Good, James Winder (1877–1930), journalist and editor, was born 15 January 1877 in Limerick, eldest son of Benjamin Good, RIC constable, and Margaret Good (née Winder). His family moved to Belfast and he was educated at the Royal…

Goodman, James (Séamus Gudman)

Goodman, James (Séamus Gudman) (1828–96), clergyman, Irish-language scholar, and music collector, was born 22 September 1828 at Ballyameen near Dingle, Co. Kerry, second son among five sons and four daughters of Thomas Chute Goodman, clergyman, and Mary Goodman (née Gorham). Brought…

Googe, Barnabe

Googe, Barnabe (c.1538–94), poet and translator, and provost-marshal to the presidency court in Connacht, was son of Robert Googe, recorder of Lincoln, and his wife Margaret, daughter of Sir Walter Mantell. He was born at Alvingham, Lincolnshire, and educated at Christ's…

Gookin, Robert

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Gookin, Sir Vincent

Gookin, Sir Vincent (1590?–1638), planter, was the youngest son of John Gookin of Ripple Court, Kent, England, and his wife Catherine (née Dene) of Bursted, Kent. Vincent came to Ireland and took up office as surveyor general early in the century, was admitted freeman of Youghal (1618…

Gookin, Vincent

Gookin, Vincent (1616?–1659), surveyor general, MP for Bandon and Kinsale 1654–9, and friend and colleague of William Petty (qv), was the eldest son of Cork settler Sir Vincent Gookin…

Goold (Gould), Thomas

Goold (Gould), Thomas (1765–1846), lawyer and master of the court of chancery, was born in Cork city, son of John Goold, soldier, of Limerick, and Mary Anne Goold (née Quin). Educated locally, he entered TCD (1781), graduating…

Goold, James Alipius

Goold, James Alipius (1812–86), catholic archbishop of Melbourne, was born 4 November 1812 in Cork city into a prominent Cork merchant patrician family, whose wealth had started to decline. His father's name is unknown, but his mother was a Hynes, also from Cork, and an uncle was Dr…

Goold, Vere Thomas St Leger

Goold, Vere Thomas St Leger (1853–1909), first notable Irish lawn tennis player, was born 2 October 1853 in Waterford, sixth son among seven children of George Ignatius Goold, JP and RM…

Gordon, Alexander

Gordon, Alexander (1818–87), professor of surgery, was born in Saintfield, Co. Down, in 1818, the son of Alexander Gordon, surgeon and physician at Saintfield. Initially educated in Belfast, he received his medical training at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated…

Gordon, Derek Stanley

Gordon, Derek Stanley (1926–2009), neurosurgeon, was born 8 May 1926 in Belfast, the third of four sons of Ernest Gordon, a manager in a glassworks, and his wife Ann (née McFarland); the family were then living at 48 Ravenhill Road, Belfast. All Derek's brothers became doctors, and…

Gordon, James Bentley

Gordon, James Bentley (1750–1819), clergyman and historian, was son of the Rev. James Gordon of Neeve Hall, Co. Londonderry, and his wife, a daughter of Thomas Neeve. He entered TCD in 1768, graduating BA…

Gordon, John

Gordon, John (1849–1922), high court judge and politician, was born in Co. Down on 23 November 1849, eldest son of Samuel Gordon, of Shankill House, Co. Down, and his wife Arabella Barclay. A presbyterian, he was educated at the

Gordon, John Campbell

Gordon, John Campbell (1847–1934), 7th earl of Aberdeen and 1st marquess of Aberdeen and Temair , lord lieutenant of Ireland, was born 3 August 1847 in Edinburgh, third son and fourth of six children of George John Hamilton-Gordon (1816–64), 5th earl of Aberdeen in the peerage of…

Gordon, John Fawcett

Gordon, John Fawcett (1878–1965), politician and public servant, was born in Belfast, son of working-class parents, William James Gordon and Margaret Gordon (née Fawcett). At an early age, due to the death of his father, he spent part of his childhood in the USA with relatives and…

Gordon (Marjoribanks), Dame Ishbel Maria

Gordon (Marjoribanks), Dame Ishbel Maria (1857–1939), marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair , philanthropist, was born 14 March 1857 in London, daughter of Dudley Marjoribanks, 1st Baron Tweedmouth, banker and liberal MP, and his wife, Isobel Marjoribanks (née Hogg), who belonged to…

Gordon, Maurice Leonard (‘Maurie’)

Gordon, Maurice Leonard (‘Maurie’) (1910–90), sports administrator, businessman, and community activist, was born 10 January 1910 in Leeds, England, only son and elder of two children of Joseph Gordon (originally Seltzer), textile worker from Russia, and Bessie Gordon (née Bellow…

Gordon, William Robert

Gordon, William Robert (1872–1955), painter, was born 19 August 1872 at Ballynahinch, Co. Down, the son of William Gordon, a gardener, and Nancy Gordon (née Moffat). He was educated at the Southwell school, Downpatrick, before going to England at age 14 to work in the Port Sunlight…

Gore, Albert Augustus

Gore, Albert Augustus (1838–1901), surgeon-general, military historian, and author, was born 1 December 1838 in Limerick, eldest son of William Ringrose Gore, MD, and Mary Jeners Gore (née Wilson). Educated in Cork, Dublin, London, and Paris,…

Gore, John

Gore, John (1718–84), Baron Annaly of Tenelick , politician and judge, was born 2 March 1718, the second of three sons of George Gore (1675–1753) and his wife, Bridget, daughter and heir of John Sankey of Tenelick, Co. Longford; he also had one sister. His father was an MP until…

Gore, John Ellard

Gore, John Ellard (1845–1910), amateur astronomer and writer on astronomy, was born 1 June 1845 in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, eldest among four sons and one daughter of John Ribton Gore (1820–94), archdeacon of Achonry, Co. Sligo, and Frances Brabazon Gore (née Ellard). He was educated…

Gore, Sir Ralph

Gore, Sir Ralph (1675?–1733), 4th baronet, speaker of the Irish house of commons, was elder son of Sir William Gore, 3rd baronet, MP for Banagher 1661–66, and his wife Hannah, and was born at Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, which his mother had inherited from her father, James…

Gorges, John

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