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Gorges, Richard

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Gorges, Robert

Gorges, Robert (c.1626–1699), civil servant and revenue farmer, was the third of four sons of Henry Gorges of Batcombe, Somerset. His mother, Barbara, was the daughter of Thomas Baynard of Colerne, Wiltshire, and Ann (née Hyde) Baynard. In 1647 he was a delegate of the parliamentary…

Gorham, Maurice Anthony Coneys

Gorham, Maurice Anthony Coneys (1902–75), author, journalist, and broadcasting administrator, was born in London on 19 August 1902, the younger child of James John Gorham, doctor, formerly of Clifden, Co. Galway, and his wife Mary Smith of Lancaster. His sister Mary Honora was…

Gorman, William Moore (Terence)

Gorman, William Moore (Terence) (1923–2003), economist, was born 17 June 1923 at Letterkeen, near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, the son of Richard Gorman (d. 1927) and his wife Sarah Crawford (née Moore) (d. 1963). His father was a vet who practised in Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia (…

Gormlaith

Gormlaith (d. 1030), daughter of Murchad and allegedly queen consort in turn to the kings of Dublin, Tara, and Munster, belonged to the Uí Fháeláin lineage of northern Leinster. Her father, Murchad son of Finn, died in 972 as king of Leinster; her mother apparently belonged to a…

Gormlaith

Gormlaith (d. 948), daughter of Flann Sinna and queen consort in turn of Munster, Leinster, and Tara, belonged to the Southern Uí Néill dynasty of Clann Cholmáin. Her father Flann Sinna (qv) was king of Tara, and her mother (also named…

Gormley, Patrick (‘Paddy’) Joseph

Gormley, Patrick (‘Paddy’) Joseph (1916–2001), businessman and politician, was born 28 October 1916 in Carnanbane, Claudy, Co. Londonderry, fourth child among three sons and two daughters of Philip Gormley, businessman, of Carnanbane, and Mary Gormley (née Waters), seamstress, of…

Gormley, Thomas (‘Tom’) Columba

Gormley, Thomas (‘Tom’) Columba (1912–84), businessman, farmer, and politician, was born 29 July 1912 in Carnanbane, Claudy, Co. Londonderry, third child among three sons and two daughters of Philip Gormley, businessman, of Carnanbane, and Mary Gormley (née Waters), seamstress, of…

Gosset, William Sealy (‘Student’)

Gosset, William Sealy (‘Student’) (1876–1937), scientist, Guinness brewer, and applied statistician, was born 13 June 1876 in Canterbury, Kent, eldest of five children of Agnes Sealy Gosset (née Vidal) and Frederic Gosset, colonel in the Royal Engineers, who were married in 1875.…

Goudy, Alexander Porter

Goudy, Alexander Porter (1809–58), presbyterian minister, was born in February 1809 on a farm at Ballyobican, Ballywalter, Co. Down, youngest son among three sons and two daughters of Andrew Goudy, presbyterian minister, and his wife Matilda, daughter of the Rev.…

Gough, Hugh Henry

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Gough, John Edmond (‘Johnnie’)

Gough, John Edmond (‘Johnnie’) (1871–1915), brigadier general in the British army, was born 25 October 1871 at Murree, India, second son of Gen. Sir Charles Stanley Gough (qv),…

Gough, Sir Charles John Stanley

Gough, Sir Charles John Stanley (1832–1912), British army general and VC, was born 28 January 1832 at Chittagong, India (latterly Bangladesh), second son of George Gough (1802–89) of Rathronan House, Co. Tipperary, of the Bengal civil service and…

Gough, Sir Hubert de la Poer

Gough, Sir Hubert de la Poer (1870–1963), soldier, was born 12 August 1870 in London, second son of Gen. Sir Charles John Stanley Gough (qv), GCB,…

Gough, Sir Hugh

Gough, Sir Hugh (1779–1869), 1st Viscount Gough , field marshal, was born 3 November 1779 at Woodstown, Co. Limerick, fourth son of Lt-col. George Gough and his wife Letitia (née Bunbury) of Moyle, Co. Carlow. Educated by private tutors, he joined the Limerick Militia, his father's…

Goulburn, Henry

Goulburn, Henry (1784–1856), chief secretary for Ireland, was born 19 March 1784 in London, the eldest of three sons of Munbee Goulburn (1758–1793), a Jamaican estate owner born in the West Indies, and Susannah Goulburn (née Chetwynd) (d. 1818), originally from a Staffordshire…

Gould (Goulde), Thomas

Gould (Goulde), Thomas (1657–1734), priest and catholic controversialist, was born in Cork, one of the numerous and powerful Gould family, prominent in military and political circles during the seventeenth century; three of its members were attainted in 1642 and six after 1691.…

Goulding, Cathal

Goulding, Cathal (1922–98), socialist republican, was born 2 January 1923 at 1 East Arran Street, Dublin, one of four sons and three daughters of Charles Goulding, a housepainter, and Bridget Goulding (née Costello). The family had a long tradition of republican activism and working…

Goulding, Sir William Basil

Goulding, Sir William Basil (1909–82), 3rd baronet, businessman and modernist, was born 4 November 1909 at Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, the elder of two sons of Sir William Lingard Amphlett Goulding (qv) and his wife Nesta Violet (née Wright). Educated at…

Goulding, Sir William Joshua

Goulding, Sir William Joshua (1856–1925), 1st baronet, businessman and politician, was born 7 March 1856 in Cork, one of seven children of William Goulding (qv) and his second wife Maria Heath Manders (d. 1892), daughter of Edward…

Goulding, Valerie

Goulding, Valerie (1918–2003), philanthropist and senator, was born Valerie Hamilton Monckton on 12 September 1918 in Kent, younger of two children (she had an elder brother) of Walter Monckton, barrister (later a confidant of King Edward VIII and afterwards a conservative…

Goulding, William

Goulding, William (1817–84), businessman and politician, was born 15 November 1817 in Birr, Co. Offaly, the elder son of Joshua Goulding (1788–1826) of Birr, Co. Offaly, and his wife Sarah, daughter of Humphreys Manders of Blackpool, Co. Cork. Educated at Mountmellick grammar…

Goulding, William Lingard Amphlett

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Goulet, Yann Renard-

Goulet, Yann Renard- (1914–99), artist and sculptor, was born Jean Gustave Réné Goulet on 20 August 1914 at Saint-Nazaire, Brittany, France, son of Gustave Goulet, hotelier and chef. After being educated locally he began studying architecture before winning a scholarship to the…

Gowan, John Hunter

Gowan, John Hunter (1737?–1825), loyalist, was born near Gorey, Co. Wexford, son of John Gowan, lawyer and small landowner; his mother was a daughter of the Rev. William Hatton of Gorey and niece of Col. Henry Hatton, MP for Co. Wexford 1727–35. Inheriting the minor leasehold estate…