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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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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, Sir John Reginald

Gorman, (Sir) John Reginald (1923–2014), soldier, policeman, businessman, civil servant and politician, was born on 1 February 1923 at Mullaghmore House, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, the eldest of four children of Major John Kearney (Jack) Gorman (1891–1980), an RUC officer, and his…

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 (1923–98), 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-…