BARONETAGE
Last updated 22/03/2014
Names of baronets shown in blue 
have not yet proved succession and, as a
result, their name has not yet been placed on
the Official Roll of the Baronetage.
Date Type Order Name Born Died  Age
Dates in italics in the "Born" column indicate that the baronet was
baptised on that date; dates in italics in the "Died" column indicate 
that the baronet was buried on that date
GOLDING of Colston Bassett,Notts
27 Sep 1642 E 1 Edward Golding c 1656
c 1656 2 Charles Golding c 1624 28 Sep 1661
28 Sep 1661 3 Edward Golding 8 Dec 1715
to     Extinct on his death
Dec 1715
GOLDNEY of Bradenstoke Abbey,Wilts
11 May 1880 UK 1 Gabriel Goldney 25 Jul 1813 8 May 1900 86
MP for Chippenham 1865-1885
8 May 1900 2 Gabriel Prior Goldney 4 Aug 1843 4 May 1925 81
4 May 1925 3 Frederick Hastings Goldney 26 May 1845 21 Feb 1940 94
21 Feb 1940 4 Henry Hastings Goldney 3 Jul 1886 26 Feb 1974 87
to     Extinct on his death
26 Feb 1974
GOLDSMID of St Johns Lodge,Surrey
15 Oct 1841 UK 1 Isaac Lyon Goldsmid 13 Jan 1778 27 Apr 1859 81
27 Apr 1859 2 Francis Henry Goldsmid 1 May 1808 2 May 1878 70
MP for Reading 1860-1878
For further information on the death of this
baronet,see the note at the foot of this page
2 May 1878 3 Julian Goldsmid 8 Oct 1838 7 Jan 1896 57
to     MP for Honiton 1866-1868,Rochester 1870-1880
7 Jan 1896 and St.Pancras South 1885-1896  PC 1895
Extinct on his death
GOLDSMID of Somerhill,Kent
22 Jan 1934 UK See "D'Avigdor-Goldsmid"
GOLDSMID-STERN-SALOMONS
of Broomhill,Kent
26 Oct 1869 UK 1 David Salomons                            22 Nov 1797 18 Jul 1873 75
MP for Greenwich 1851-1852 and 1859-1873
18 Jul 1873 2 David Lionel Salomons (later Goldsmid- 28 Jun 1851 19 Apr 1925 73
to     Stern-Salomons)
19 Apr 1925 Extinct on his death
GOOCH of Benacre Hall,Suffolk
4 Nov 1746 GB 1 William Gooch 21 Oct 1681 17 Dec 1751 70
17 Dec 1751 2 Thomas Gooch 19 Jan 1675 14 Feb 1754 79
14 Feb 1754 3 Thomas Gooch c 1721 10 Sep 1781
10 Sep 1781 4 Thomas Gooch 1745 7 Apr 1826 80
7 Apr 1826 5 Thomas Sherlock Gooch 2 Nov 1767 18 Dec 1851 84
MP for Suffolk 1806-1830
18 Dec 1851 6 Edward Sherlock Gooch 6 Jun 1802 9 Nov 1856 54
MP for Suffolk East 1846-1856
9 Nov 1856 7 Edward Sherlock Gooch 16 May 1843 27 May 1872 29
27 May 1872 8 Francis Robert Sherlock Lambert Gooch 8 Sep 1850 13 Aug 1881 30
For information on this baronet's wife, see the
note at the foot of this page.
13 Aug 1881 9 Alfred Sherlock Gooch 20 Dec 1851 24 Feb 1899 47
24 Feb 1899 10 Thomas Vere Sherlock Gooch 10 Jun 1881 7 Jul 1946 65
7 Jul 1946 11 Robert Eric Sherlock Gooch 6 May 1903 13 Nov 1978 75
13 Nov 1978 12 Richard John Sherlock Gooch 22 Mar 1930 19 Apr 1999 69
19 Apr 1999 13 Timothy Robert Sherlock Gooch 7 Dec 1934 9 Apr 2008 73
9 Apr 2008 14 Arthur Brian Sherlock Gooch 1 Jun 1937
GOOCH of Clewer Park,Berks
15 Nov 1866 UK 1 Daniel Gooch 24 Aug 1816 15 Oct 1889 73
MP for Cricklade 1865-1885
15 Oct 1889 2 Henry Daniel Gooch 30 Dec 1841 24 Jun 1897 55
24 Jun 1897 3 Daniel Fulthorpe Gooch 25 May 1869 22 Dec 1926 57
22 Dec 1926 4 Robert Douglas Gooch 19 Sep 1905 6 May 1989 83
6 May 1989 5 Trevor Sherlock Gooch 15 Jun 1915 26 May 2003 87
26 May 2003 6 Miles Peter Gooch 3 Feb 1963
GOODENOUGH of Broadwell and Filkins,Oxon
19 Jan 1943 UK 1 William Macnamara Goodenough 10 Mar 1899 23 May 1951 52
23 May 1951 2 Richard Edmund Goodenough 9 Jun 1925 13 Dec 1996 71
13 Dec 1996 3 William McLernon Goodenough 5 Aug 1954
  GOODERE of Burhope,Hereford
5 Dec 1707 GB 1 Edward Goodere 1657 29 Mar 1739 81
MP for Evesham 1708-1715 and
Herefordshire 1722-1727
29 Mar 1739 2 John Dinely Goodere c 1680 24 Jan 1741
For further information on this baronet, see the
note at the foot of this page.
24 Jan 1741 3 Samuel Goodere [hanged for murdering 1687 20 Apr 1741 53
his brother,the second baronet]
For further information on this baronet, see the
note at the foot of this page.
20 Apr 1741 4 Edward Dineley-Goodere 1729 Mar 1761 31
Mar 1761 5 John Dineley-Goodere 1729 Nov 1809 80
to     Extinct on his death
Nov 1809 For further information on this baronet, see the
note at the foot of this page.
GOODHART of Portland Place
and Holtye,Sussex
1 Jul 1911 UK 1 James Frederic Goodhart 24 Oct 1845 28 Mar 1916 70
28 Mar 1916 2 Ernest Frederic Goodhart 12 Aug 1880 13 Jan 1961 80
13 Jan 1961 3 John Gordon Goodhart 14 Dec 1916 13 Jan 1979 62
13 Jan 1979 4 Robert Anthony Gordon Goodhart 15 Dec 1948
GOODRICKE of Ribstan,Yorks
14 Aug 1641 E 1 John Goodricke 20 Apr 1617 Nov 1670 53
MP for Yorkshire 1661-1670
Nov 1670 2 Henry Goodricke 24 Oct 1642 5 Mar 1705 62
MP for Boroughbridge 1673-1679 and 1685-1705
5 Mar 1705 3 John Goodricke 16 Oct 1654 10 Dec 1705 51
10 Dec 1705 4 Henry Goodricke 8 Sep 1677 21 Jul 1738 60
21 Jul 1738 5 John Goodricke 20 May 1708 3 Aug 1789 81
MP for Pontefract 1774-1780 and
Ripon 1787-1789
3 Aug 1789 6 Henry Goodricke 12 Oct 1765 23 Mar 1802 36
23 Mar 1802 7 Henry James Goodricke 26 Sep 1797 22 Aug 1833 35
22 Aug 1833 8 Thomas Francis Henry Goodricke 24 Sep 1762 9 Mar 1839 76
to     Extinct on his death
9 Mar 1839
GOODRICKE of Studley Castle,Warwicks
31 Mar 1835 UK See "Holyoake-Goodricke"
GOODSON of Waddeton Court,Devon
18 Jan 1922 UK 1 Alfred Lassam Goodson 17 May 1867 29 Nov 1940 73
29 Nov 1940 2 Alfred Lassam Goodson 26 Aug 1893 17 Feb 1986 92
17 Feb 1986 3 Mark Weston Lassam Goodson 12 Dec 1925
GOOLD of Old Court,co.Cork
8 Aug 1801 UK 1 Francis Goold 20 Aug 1818
20 Aug 1818 2 George Goold 29 Mar 1778 16 Mar 1870 91
16 Mar 1870 3 Henry Valentine Goold 7 Jul 1803 18 Jun 1893 89
18 Jun 1893 4 James Stephen Goold 13 Oct 1848 12 Aug 1926 77
For further information on this baronet and his
younger brother,Vere Goold, see the note at
the foot of this page
12 Aug 1926 5 George Patrick Goold 9 Jul 1878 Jan 1954 75
Jan 1954 6 George Ignatius Goold 29 Apr 1903 26 Apr 1967 63
26 Apr 1967 7 George Leonard Goold 26 Aug 1923 31 Aug 1997 74
31 Aug 1997 8 George William Goold 25 Mar 1950
GORDON of Letterfourie,Sutherland
28 May 1625 NS 1 Robert Gordon 14 May 1580 Mar 1656 75
Mar 1656 2 Ludovick Gordon 15 Oct 1624 c 1685
c 1685 3 Robert Gordon 7 Mar 1647 5 Sep 1704 57
5 Sep 1704 4 Robert Gordon 1696 8 Jan 1772 75
MP for Buteshire and Caithness 1715-1722
8 Jan 1772 5 Robert Gordon c 1738 2 Jun 1776
2 Jun 1776 6 William Gordon 5 Mar 1795
5 Mar 1795 7 Alexander Gordon 1715 16 Jan 1797 81
16 Jan 1797 8 James Gordon 1779 24 Dec 1843 64
24 Dec 1843 9 William Gordon 26 Dec 1803 5 Dec 1861 57
5 Dec 1861 10 Robert Glendonwyn Gordon 1824 24 Mar 1908 83
to     On his death the baronetcy became dormant
24 Mar 1908
GORDON of Cluny,Aberdeen
31 Aug 1625 NS 1 Alexander Gordon c 1648
c 1648 2 John Gordon c 1668
to     On his death the baronetcy became dormant
c 1668
GORDON of Lesmore,Aberdeen
2 Sep 1625 NS 1 James Gordon c 1640
c 1640 2 James Gordon c 1647
c 1647 3 William Gordon c 1671
c 1671 4 William Gordon c 1684
c 1684 5 James Gordon c 1710
c 1710 6 William Gordon 15 Sep 1750
15 Sep 1750 7 Alexander Gordon 25 Mar 1782
25 Mar 1782 8 Francis Gordon c 1764 9 Nov 1839
to     On his death the baronetcy became dormant
9 Nov 1839
GORDON of Lochinvar,Kirdcudbright
1 May 1626 NS 1 Robert Gordon c 1565 Nov 1628
Nov 1628 2 John Gordon c 1600 12 Sep 1634
He was subsequently created Viscount
Kenmure (qv) in 1633 with which title the
baronetcy then merged until it became
dormant in 1847
GORDON of Embo,Sutherland
18 Jun 1631 NS 1 John Gordon 1649
1649 2 Robert Gordon 16 Oct 1697
16 Oct 1697 3 John Gordon 10 May 1701
10 May 1701 4 William Gordon 14 Apr 1760
14 Apr 1760 5 John Gordon 24 Jan 1779
24 Jan 1779 6 James Gordon 1786
1786 7 William Gordon 1736 7 Jan 1804 67
7 Jan 1804 8 John Gordon 12 Nov 1804
12 Nov 1804 9 Orford Gordon 19 Jun 1857
19 Jun 1857 10 William Home Gordon 1818 18 Sep 1876 58
18 Sep 1876 11 Home Seton Gordon 21 Mar 1845 11 Dec 1906 61
11 Dec 1906 12 Home Seton Charles Montagu Gordon 30 Sep 1871 9 Sep 1956 84
to     Extinct or dormant on his death
9 Sep 1956
GORDON of Haddo,Aberdeen
13 Aug 1642 NS 1 John Gordon 1610 19 Jul 1644 34
19 Jul 1644 2 John Gordon c 1632 1665
1665 3 George Gordon  3 Oct 1637 20 Apr 1720 82
He was subsequently created Earl of 
Aberdeen (qv) in 1682 with which title 
the baronetcy remains merged
GORDON of Park,Banff
21 Aug 1686 NS 1 John Gordon Feb 1713
Feb 1713 2 James Gordon 15 Dec 1727
15 Dec 1727 3 William Gordon 5 Jun 1751
5 Jun 1751 4 John James Gordon 26 Mar 1749 11 Dec 1780 31
11 Dec 1780 5 John Bury Gordon 5 Apr 1779 23 Jul 1835 56
to     On his death the baronetcy became dormant
23 Jul 1835  
GORDON of Dalpholly,Sutherland
3 Feb 1704 NS 1 William Gordon 9 Jun 1742
MP for Sutherlandshire 1708-1713 and
1714-1727 and Cromartyshire 1741-1742
9 Jun 1742 2 John Gordon c 1707 25 May 1783
MP for Cromartyshire 1742-1747 and 
1754-1761
25 May 1783 3 Adam Gordon 2 Nov 1817
2 Nov 1817 4 George Gordon 1840
1840 5 Adam Gordon 1850
to     On his death the baronetcy became dormant
1850
GORDON of Afton and Earlston,Kirkcudbright
9 Jul 1706 NS 1 William Gordon 1654 Dec 1718 64
Dec 1718 2 Alexander Gordon 1650 10 Nov 1726 76
10 Nov 1726 3 Thomas Gordon 26 Oct 1685 23 Mar 1769 83
23 Mar 1769 4 John Gordon 20 Dec 1720 17 Oct 1795 74
17 Oct 1795 5 John Gordon 4 Oct 1780 8 Jan 1843 62
8 Jan 1843 6 William Gordon 20 Oct 1830 12 May 1906 75
12 May 1906 7 Charles Edward Gordon 14 Apr 1835 3 Dec 1910 75
3 Dec 1910 8 Robert Charles Gordon 17 Apr 1862 30 Aug 1939 77
 
30 Aug 1939 9 John Charles Gordon 4 Jan 1901 1982 81
1982 10 Robert James Gordon 17 Aug 1932
  GORDON of Newark-upon-Trent,Notts
21 Aug 1764 GB 1 Samuel Gordon 29 Apr 1780
29 Apr 1780 2 Jenison William Gordon 30 Sep 1747 9 May 1831 83
to     Extinct on his death
9 May 1831
GORDON of Halkin,Ayr
12 Nov 1813 UK See "Duff-Gordon"
GORDON of Northcourt,Isle of Wight
5 Dec 1818 UK 1 James Willoughby Gordon 21 Oct 1772 4 Jan 1851 78
MP for Launceston 1830-1831
4 Jan 1851 2 Henry Percy Gordon 21 Oct 1806 29 Jul 1876 69
to     Extinct on his death
29 Jul 1876
GORDON of Jamaica,West Indies
19 Jul 1838 UK See "Smith-Gordon"
GORDON-CUMMING of Altyre,Elgin
21 May 1804 UK 1 Alexander Penrose Cumming (later Gordon-
Cumming) 19 May 1749 10 Feb 1806 56
MP for Inverness 1802-1803
10 Feb 1806 2 William Gordon Gordon-Cumming 20 Jul 1787 25 Nov 1854 67
MP for Elgin Burghs 1831-1832
25 Nov 1854 3 Alexander Penrose Gordon-Cumming 17 Aug 1816 2 Sep 1866 50
2 Sep 1866 4 William Gordon Gordon-Cumming 20 Jul 1848 20 May 1930 81
20 May 1930 5 Alexander Penrose Gordon-Cumming 12 Sep 1893 23 Feb 1939 45
23 Feb 1939 6 William Gordon Gordon-Cumming 19 Jun 1928 10 Jan 2002 73
10 Jan 2002 7 Alexander Penrose Gordon-Cumming 15 Apr 1954
GORDON-CUMMING-DUNBAR
of Northfield,Scotland
10 Apr 1700 NS See "Dunbar"
GORE of Magherabeg,co.Donegal
2 Feb 1622 I 1 Paul Gore Sep 1629
Sep 1629 2 Ralph Gore c 1661
c 1661 3 William Gore 1700
1700 4 Ralph Gore 1675 23 Feb 1733 57
Chancellor of the Exchequer [I] 1717.
Speaker of the House of Commons [I] 1729
23 Feb 1733 5 St.George Gore-St.George 25 Jun 1722 25 Sep 1746 24
25 Sep 1746 6 Ralph Gore,later [1772] 1st Earl of Ross 23 Nov 1725 Sep 1802 76
Sep 1802 7 Ralph Gore 3 Dec 1758 25 Mar 1842 83
25 Mar 1842 8 St.George Gore 28 Apr 1811 31 Dec 1878 67
31 Dec 1878 9 St.George Ralph Gore 21 Sep 1841 17 Oct 1887 46
17 Oct 1887 10 Ralph St.George Claude Gore 12 May 1877 27 Mar 1961 83
27 Mar 1961 11 Ralph St.George Brian Gore 31 May 1908 28 Jun 1973 65
28 Jun 1973 12 St.George Ralph Gore 14 Dec 1914 13 Nov 1973 58
13 Nov 1973 13 Richard Ralph St.George Gore 19 Nov 1954 30 Oct 1993 38
30 Oct 1993 14 Nigel Hugh St.George Gore 23 Dec 1922 23 Sep 2008 85
23 Sep 2008 15 Hugh Frederick Corbet Gore 31 Dec 1934
GORE of Castle Gore,co.Mayo
10 Apr 1662 I 1 Arthur Gore 20 Dec 1697
20 Dec 1697 2 Arthur Gore by Sep 1682 10 Feb 1741
10 Feb 1741 3 Arthur Gore 1703 17 Apr 1773 69
He was subsequently created Earl of Arran
(qv) in 1762 with which title the 
baronetcy remains merged
GORE of Belleek,Mayo
5 Dec 1868 UK See "Knox-Gore"
GORE-BOOTH of Artarman,co.Sligo
For information on the recent history of the
Gore-Booth family,see the note at the foot of
this page
30 Aug 1760 I 1 Booth Gore 1712 22 Jul 1773 61
22 Jul 1773 2 Booth Gore 17 Jun 1804
17 Jun 1804 3 Robert Newcomen Booth (Gore-Booth
from 30 Aug 1804) 23 Oct 1814
23 Oct 1814 4 Robert Gore-Booth 25 Aug 1805 21 Dec 1876 71
MP for co.Sligo 1850-1876. Lord Lieutenant
Sligo 1868-1876
21 Dec 1876 5 Henry William Gore-Booth 1 Jul 1843 13 Jan 1900 56
13 Jan 1900 6 Josslyn Augustus Richard Gore-Booth 25 Feb 1869 14 Mar 1944 75
14 Mar 1944 7 Michael Savile Gore-Booth 24 Jul 1908 16 Mar 1987 78
16 Mar 1987 8 Angus Josslyn Gore-Booth 25 Jun 1920 26 Jan 1996 75
26 Jan 1996 9 Josslyn Henry Robert Gore-Booth 5 Oct 1950
GORGES of Langford,Wilts
25 Nov 1611 E 1 Edward Gorges c 1650
He was subsequently created Baron Gorges of
Dundalk (qv) in 1620 with which title the 
baronetcy then merged until its extinction
in 1712
GORGES-MEREDYTH
of Catharines Grove,Dublin
5 Sep 1787 I 1 Richard Gorges-Meredyth 7 May 1735 Sep 1821 86
to     Extinct on his death
Sep 1821
GORING of Burton,Sussex
14 May 1622 E 1 William Goring 25 Feb 1658
MP for Sussex 1628-1629
Feb 1658 2 Henry Goring c 1618 8 Jun 1671
8 Jun 1671 3 William Goring c 1659 29 Feb 1724
to     Extinct on his death
29 Feb 1724
  GORING of Highden,Sussex
18 May 1678 E 1 James Bowyer 28 Feb 1680
28 Feb 1680 2 Henry Goring 1 May 1622 3 Apr 1702 79
MP for Sussex 1660 and 1685-1687 and
Steyning 1661-1679
3 Apr 1702 3 Charles Goring c 1668 13 Jan 1713
MP for Bramber 1689
Jan 1713 4 Henry Goring 16 Sep 1679 12 Nov 1731 52
MP for Horsham 1707-1708 and 1715, and
Steyning 1709-1715
12 Nov 1731 5 Charles Mathew Goring 15 May 1706 Aug 1769 63
Aug 1769 6 Harry Goring 26 Apr 1739 1 Dec 1824 85
MP for New Shoreham 1790-1796
1 Dec 1824 7 Charles Foster Goring 11 Jul 1768 26 Mar 1844 75
26 Mar 1844 8 Harry Dent Goring 30 Dec 1801 19 Apr 1859 57
MP for New Shoreham 1832-1841
19 Apr 1859 9 Charles Goring 2 Jun 1828 3 Nov 1884 56
3 Nov 1884 10 Craven Charles Goring 24 Oct 1841 14 Mar 1897 55
For information regarding a dream experienced by
this baronet's wife and subsequent events,see
the note at the foot of this page
14 Mar 1897 11 Harry Yelverton Goring 19 Jul 1840 20 Aug 1911 71
For further information on this baronet,see
the note at the foot of this page
20 Aug 1911 12 Forster Gurney Goring 19 Jun 1876 1 May 1956 79
1 May 1956 13 William Burton Nigel Goring 21 Jun 1933
GOSCHEN of Beacon Lodge,Hants
17 Jan 1916 UK 1 William Edward Goschen 18 Jul 1847 20 May 1924 76
PC 1905
20 May 1924 2 Edward Henry Goschen 9 Mar 1876 7 Aug 1933 57
7 Aug 1933 3 Edward Christian Goschen 2 Sep 1913 8 Mar 2001 87
8 Mar 2001 4 Edward Alexander Goschen 13 Mar 1949
GOSCHEN of Durrington House,Essex
27 Jun 1927 UK 1 Harry William Henry Neville Goschen 1865 7 Jul 1945 80
to     Extinct on his death
7 Jul 1945
GOSTWICK of Willington,Beds
25 Nov 1611 E 1 William Gostwick 2 Dec 1565 19 Sep 1615 49
19 Sep 1615 2 Edward Gostwick 1588 20 Sep 1630 42
20 Sep 1630 3 Edward Gostwick 1619 24 Feb 1671 51
24 Feb 1671 4 William Gostwick 21 Aug 1650 24 Jan 1720 69
MP for Bedfordshire 1698-1713
Jan 1720 5 William Gostwick 6 May 1766
to     On his death the baronetcy became either
May 1766 extinct or dormant
  GOUGH of Edgbaston,Warwicks
6 Apr 1728 GB 1 Henry Gough 9 Mar 1708 8 Jun 1774 66
MP for Totnes 1732-1734 and Bramber 
1734-1741
8 Jun 1774 2 Henry Gough (Gough-Calthorpe from 7 May 1788) 1 Jan 1748 16 Mar 1798 50
He was subsequently created Baron 
Calthorpe (qv) in 1796 with which title
the baronetcy then merged until its 
extinction in 1997
GOUGH of Synone and Drangan,co.Tipperary
23 Dec 1842 UK 1 Hugh Gough 3 Nov 1779 2 Mar 1869 89
He was subsequently created Viscount
Gough (qv) in 1849 with which title the
baronetcy remains merged
GOUGH-CALTHORPE of Elveham,Hants
1 Jul 1929 UK See "Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe"
GOULD of London
13 Jun 1660 E 1 Nicholas Gould 23 Jan 1664
to     MP for Fowey 1648-1653 and 1659-1660
Jan 1664 Extinct on his death
GOULDING of Millicent,co.Kildare
22 Aug 1904 UK 1 William Joshua Goulding 7 Mar 1856 12 Jul 1925 69
12 Jul 1925 2 William Lingard Amphlett Goulding 5 Oct 1883 20 Jun 1935 51
20 Jun 1935 3 William Basil Goulding 4 Nov 1909 16 Jan 1982 72
16 Jan 1982 4 William Lingard Walter Goulding 11 Jul 1940
GOULDING of Wargrave Hall,Oxon
25 Jun 1915 UK 1 Edward Alfred Goulding 5 Nov 1862 17 Jul 1936 73
He was subsequently created Baron
Wargrave (qv) in 1922 with which title 
the baronetcy then merged until its
extinction in 1936
GOWER of Stittenham,Yorks
2 Jun 1620 E 1 Thomas Gower c Jul 1584 c 1655
c 1655 2 Thomas Gower c 1605 3 Sep 1672
MP for Malton 1661-1672
3 Sep 1672 3 Thomas Gower c 1666 8 Oct 1689
8 Oct 1689 4 William Leveson-Gower c 1647 22 Dec 1691
MP for Newcastle under Lyme 1675-1681
and 1689-1691 and Shropshire 1681-1685
22 Dec 1691 5 John Leveson-Gower 7 Jan 1675 31 Aug 1709 34
He was subsequently created Baron Gower
(qv) in 1703 with which title the
baronetcy then merged. The baronetcy is
now merged in the Dukedom of Sutherland
 
GRAAFF of Cape Town,South Africa
6 Feb 1911 UK 1 David Pieter de Villiers Graaff 30 Mar 1859 13 Apr 1931 72
13 Apr 1931 2 de Villiers Graaff 8 Dec 1913 4 Oct 1999 85
4 Oct 1999 3 David de Villiers Graaff 3 May 1940
GRACE of Grace Castle,Kilkenny
11 May 1795 GB 1 Richard Grace Gamon 14 Aug 1748 8 Apr 1818 69
MP for Winchester 1784-1812
8 Apr 1818 2 William Grace 27 Jan 1841
27 Jan 1841 3 William Grace 6 Nov 1817 23 Mar 1887 69
23 Mar 1887 4 Percy Raymond Grace 11 Aug 1831 16 Aug 1903 72
16 Aug 1903 5 Valentine Raymond Grace 11 Jan 1877 3 May 1945 68
3 May 1945 6 Raymond Eustace Grace 6 Jan 1903 16 Apr 1977 74
to     Extinct on his death
16 Apr 1977
GRAEME of Holly Grove,Berks
18 Dec 1783 GB See "Hamond-Graeme"
GRAHAM of Braco,Perth
28 Sep 1625 NS 1 William Graham c 1635
c 1635 2 John Graham c 1646
c 1646 3 William Graham c 1684
c 1684 4 James Graham c 1661 c 1700
to     On his death the baronetcy became dormant
c 1700 but has since been assumed by the Dukes of
Montrose
GRAHAM of Esk,Cumberland
29 Mar 1629 E 1 Richard Graham 28 Jan 1654
MP for Carlisle 1626 and 1628-1629
28 Jan 1654 2 George Graham c 1624 19 Mar 1658
19 Mar 1658 3 Richard Graham,later [1681] 1st
Viscount Preston 24 Sep 1648 22 Nov 1695 47
22 Nov 1695 4 Edward Graham,2nd Viscount Preston 1679 1710 31
1710 5 Charles Graham,3rd Viscount Preston 25 Mar 1706 23 Feb 1739 32
23 Feb 1739 6 William Graham 1730 21 Sep 1774 44
21 Sep 1774 7 Charles Graham 11 Nov 1764 26 Nov 1795 31
26 Nov 1795 8 Robert Graham 1 Nov 1769 27 Jan 1852 82
27 Jan 1852 9 Edward Graham 1 Jan 1820 27 May 1864 44
27 May 1864 10 Robert James Stuart Graham 2 Dec 1845 12 May 1917 71
12 May 1917 11 Montrose Stuart Graham 20 May 1875 16 Jan 1939 63
16 Jan 1939 12 Montrose Stuart Graham 4 Aug 1904 1975 70
1975 13 Ralph Wolfe Graham 14 Jul 1908 1988 79
1988 14 Ralph Stuart Graham 5 Nov 1950
GRAHAM of Norton Conyers,Yorks
17 Nov 1662 E 1 Richard Graham 11 Mar 1636 21 Dec 1711 75
Dec 1711 2 Reginald Graham 30 Jul 1670 20 May 1728 57
20 May 1728 3 Bellingham Graham 20 Aug 1702 1 Apr 1730 27
1 Apr 1730 4 Reginald Graham 16 May 1704 29 Oct 1755 51
29 Oct 1755 5 Bellingham Graham 14 Jun 1729 3 Oct 1790 61
3 Oct 1790 6 Bellingham Graham c 1764 13 Apr 1796
13 Apr 1796 7 Bellingham Reginald Graham 4 Nov 1789 15 Jun 1866 76
15 Jun 1866 8 Reginald Henry Graham 22 Apr 1835 27 Dec 1920 85
27 Dec 1920 9 Reginald Guy Graham 28 May 1878 2 Jun 1940 62
2 Jun 1940 10 Richard Bellingham Graham 17 May 1912 29 Jan 1982 69
29 Jan 1982 11 James Bellingham Graham 8 Oct 1940
GRAHAM of Gartmore,Stirling
28 Jun 1665 NS 1 William Graham Dec 1684
Dec 1684 2 John Graham 12 Jul 1708
to     Extinct on his death
12 Jul 1708
GRAHAM of Netherby,Cumberland
15 Jan 1783 GB 1 James Graham 22 Apr 1761 13 Apr 1824 62
MP for Ripon 1798-1807
13 Apr 1824 2 James Robert George Graham 1 Jun 1792 25 Oct 1861 69
MP for Hull 1818-1820, St.Ives 1820-1821,
Carlisle 1826-1829, Cumberland 1829-1832,
Cumberland East 1832-1837, Pembroke
1838-1841, Dorchester 1841-1847, Ripon
1847-1852 and Carlisle 1852-1861. First 
Lord of the Admiralty 1830-1834 and 1852-
1855. Home Secretary 1841-1846. PC 1830
25 Oct 1861 3 Frederick Ulric Graham 2 Apr 1820 8 Mar 1888 67
8 Mar 1888 4 Richard James Graham 24 Feb 1859 26 Aug 1932 73
26 Aug 1932 5 Frederick Fergus Graham 10 Mar 1893 1 Aug 1978 85
Lord Lieutenant Cumberland 1958-1968
MP for Cumberland North 1926-1935 and 
Darlington 1951-1959
1 Aug 1978 6 Charles Spencer Richard Graham 16 Jul 1919 11 Jul 1997 77
Lord Lieutenant Cumberland 1983-1994
11 Jul 1997 7 James Fergus Surtees Graham 29 Jul 1946
GRAHAM of Kirkstall,Yorks
3 Oct 1808 UK 1 James Graham  18 Nov 1753 21 Mar 1825 71
MP for Cockermouth 1802-1805 and 1806-1812,
Wigtown 1805-1806 and Carlisle 1812-1825
21 Mar 1825 2 Sandford Graham 10 Mar 1788 14 Sep 1852 64
MP for Aldeburgh 1812 and Ludgershall 1812-1815,
1818-1826 and 1830-1832
14 Sep 1852 3 Sandford Graham 21 Feb 1821 2 May 1875 54
2 May 1875 4 Lumley Graham 1828 25 Oct 1890 62
25 Oct 1890 5 Cyril Clerke Graham 6 Mar 1834 9 May 1895 61
to     Lieutenant Governor of Grenada 1875-1877
9 May 1895 Extinct on his death
GRAHAM of Larbert House and Househill,Stirling
4 Dec 1906 UK 1 John Hatt Noble Graham 14 Aug 1837 25 May 1926 88
25 May 1926 2 John Frederick Noble Graham 25 Jul 1864 25 Nov 1936 72
25 Nov 1936 3 John Reginald Noble Graham 17 Sep 1892 6 Dec 1980 88
6 Dec 1980 4 John Alexander Noble Graham 15 Jul 1926
GRAHAM of Dromore,co.Down
23 Jan 1964 UK 1 Clarence Johnston Graham 8 May 1900 22 Dec 1966 66
22 Dec 1966 2 John Moodie Graham 3 Apr 1938
GRAHAM-MONTGOMERY of Stanhope,Peebles
16 Jul 1801 UK See "Montgomery"
GRAHAM-MOON of Portman Square,London
4 May 1855 UK   See "Moon"      
Sir Francis Henry Goldsmid, 2nd baronet
Sir Francis died as a result of injuries that he received when alighting from a train, as
reported in "The Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle" on 4 May 1878:-
'We regret to record the death, under very painful circumstances, of Sir Francis Goldsmid,
M.P. for Reading, which occurred on Thursday night. Sir Francis was a passenger by the 
Southampton train on the South-Western Railway, due in London at 7.53. On arriving at
Waterloo Junction, the hon. baronet proceeded to alight, and in doing so slipped down
between the train and the platform. The train had not quite stopped, and the unfortunate
gentleman was dragged along with it for some yards. On being extricated it was found 
that his foot was badly crushed, and that he had sustained other injuries. As speedily as
possible he was placed on a stretcher and removed to St. Thomas's Hospital, where his
case received every attention at the hands of the house-surgeon, Mr. Makin. In addition
to the injury to his foot, it turned out that his chest had also been much crushed and the
ribs fractured. From these injuries and from the shock to the system, death resulted within
40 minutes of his admission to the hospital. Before his death he stated to the house-surgeon
that when he alighted from the train he thought it had stopped, inasmuch as one of the
officials had opened the carriage door for him.......Sir Francis stated by "Debrett" to have
been the first member of the Jewish faith called to the English Bar, and also the first person
of that religion who was made a Q.C.'
The Goldsmid family appears to have suffered more than its fair share of violent deaths over
the years - indeed, the article below suggests the existence of a family curse. This article is
taken from the "Southland Times" [published in Invercargill, New Zealand] on 24 September
1878, possibly reprinted from "The London Mayfair."
'..........We have had brought under our notice some curious facts in connection with the 
private history of the distinguished family of which the late baronet was the head. It is a
tradition in the family, and generally with the Jews settled in England, that for nearly a
hundred years a fatal spell has overhung the Goldsmids; and we are bound to say that, in a
manner which is doubtless a coincidence but it is nevertheless remarkable, the spell has not
failed to work through several generations. 
'It appears.....that during the latter part of the eighteenth century there lived in London a
Jewish Rabbi alleged to be gifted with those magical powers many instances of which are to
be found recorded in the Old Testament. This seer was known as Rabbi de Falk. He performed
many deeds of wonder which might reasonably excite the professional jealousy of Messrs
Maskelyne and Cook; but what we are chiefly concerned with is his connection to the
Goldsmid family. When he died he left to Mr. Aaron Goldsmid, great-grandfather of the late
baronet, Sir Francis, a sealed packet, with strict injunctions that it should be carefully 
preserved, but never opened. By way of enforcing this request he informed the old Dutch 
merchant who founded the Goldsmid family in England that if his injunctions were obeyed he
and his descendants would bask in the sun of prosperity till the coming of the Messiah. If his 
injunctions were disregarded, ill-fortune would finally overtake each successive representative
of the race. Old Aaron Goldsmid kept the packet, holding it sacred for some years, but finally,
in an evil moment, curiosity overcame his reverence for the dead kabbalist and he opened the
packet. A few hours after he was found dead [in 1782]. On the floor near him were the 
contents of the package which proved to be a small piece of parchment covered with 
hieroglyphics and cabbalistic figures.
'At the time of his death, Aaron Goldsmid had founded a great fortune and a prosperous family.
Amongst the latter he divided his wealth. Two of the sons - Benjamin and Abraham - entered 
upon business as money brokers, and speedily established a colossal connection. They were
omnipotent on the Stock Exchange [and] were popular in the country.....Like all his family,
Benjamin was a man of boundless generosity and judicious philanthropy. He founded a Naval
College, and was never tired of exercising private liberality. But as he advanced in life he
began to feel the curse of the kabbalist. He grew despondent, scented ruin from afar, and, on 
the 15th of April, 1808, being fifty-five years of age, honored, powerful, and esteemed - he 
died by his own hand.
'Brother Abraham was now left to represent and guide the fortunes of the Goldsmid family. For
five years he managed with accustomed success the great business of Goldsmid Brothers and
in 1810 he joined the house of Baring in contracting for a Ministerial loan of fourteen millions.
The bears came down on the fold of the loan and succeeded in depreciating the scrip. These
were circumstances which came in the usual way of business and would, a few years earlier,
have been met with the skill, firmness, and infinite resource which had already lifted Abraham
to the front rank of financiers. But the curse of the kabbalist was upon him. He shrank from 
an encounter with adverse circumstances. He hesitated, blundered, and - always losing -
presently sank into a fit of despondency from which it was impossible to arouse him. A sum of
half a million had to be forthcoming on the 28th September, 1810. In the state of the market,
Abraham Goldsmid did not know where to put his hand on the money. He shrank from the
impending disgrace, and when the hour struck at which the cash was due, it was discovered
that Abraham Goldsmid had paid another and still more terrible debt, for he was dead [having
shot himself through the head while in his garden].
'After this the Goldsmids fell from high estate in the city; but not for long. A greater than Aaron 
or Benjamin arose in the person of Isaac, a nephew of Benjamin and grandson of the founder
of the English house. Isaac entering into business in the city, speedily amassed a fortune, and
became known as one of the greatest financiers in the world. Having made his own fortune he
maintained the family reputation for aiding in good works, and became largely engaged in
philanthropic and educational undertakings.....At sixty years of age he retired from business,
having heaped up enormous wealth and secured the honour of an English baronetcy and a
Portuguese peerage. He seems, among other good things to have staved off the curse of the 
defunct de Falk, and though he sunk into childishness during the last years of his life, that is a
calamity which poor humanity is subject to when it sees fourscore.
'But with the next heir the curse showed itself with added malignity. The late baronet, Sir
Francis, was the son of Sir Isaac, and everybody knows how he was struck down by the
accident at the Waterloo Station on the 3rd of May. Whether the accident was due to
defective arrangements on the part of the railway company, or whether the unappeased manes
[i.e. the spirits of the dead] of the mysterious Rabbi still remained unsatisfied, we leave to the 
judgment of the intelligent reader.
Sarah Annie, Lady Gooch, wife of Sir Francis Robert Sherlock Lambert Gooch, 
8th baronet
On 16 July 1872, Sarah Annie Sutherland married Sir Francis Robert Sherlock Gooch, 8th
baronet. A fortnight after the marriage, she gave birth to a son who died at the age of four
months. Lady Gooch was the central player in a very sad story of attempted fraud.
In November 1878, she and a nurse named Ann Walker were charged with conspiracy to
defraud her husband by passing off a child as being his, when it was not the case. The 
following account of the subsequent trial is taken from the 'North Wales Chronicle' of 14
December 1878:-
'……it appears that Lady Gooch was apprehensive that her "lord and master" was not destined
to walk this terrestrial sphere for a very long period, and that by his death his income would 
fall into a collateral branch of the family, leaving to Lady Gooch an empty title. Her ladyship
was childless, and the only pledge which she had given to the world had been called away in
its infantile years. Sir Francis mourned the loss of his child, and grieved much that he had no
son and heir. Lady Gooch, according to the evidence of her friends, seems to have imagined
that Sir Francis treated her somewhat coldly because she bore him no "bonny bairn" to cheer
his paternal eye, and accordingly a strange fancy took possession of her mind. A child she
would have, if she even adopted one, and she fancied that she could persuade Sir Francis
that the happy day had arrived when he could once more call himself "father." For this
purpose she simulated pregnancy; but Sir Francis was evidently incredulous, and was little
inclined to put faith in the "interesting condition" of his wife. Her ladyship was not daunted by
her husband's incredulity, and she appears to have entered into a conspiracy with herself to
further her ends. She journeyed to an infants' home in Great Coram-street, and made
application for a child.  She was indifferent whether it was a boy or a girl, and stated that she
wanted a child in order to win back the affection of her husband. She wished to adopt a child,
and as her social position appeared to be a guarantee of its being properly cared for, the
proprietress of the infants' home arranged to procure her one. Henceforth the idea of having a
child appears to have haunted and distorted the mind of the poor lady. She mentioned it to her
companion, her servants , her medical advisers, and almost to every one she met, informing
one and all that she was about to be confined. Her companion told her of the foolishness of
the ideas she was labouring under, pointed out to her that she was nursing a delusion, and
that, in fact, she was rendering herself liable for fraud. The medical gentlemen informed her
that they could take no part in a conspiracy, and strongly advised her to disabuse herself of
the belief that she could impose a stranger's child upon her husband as her own. To all these
warnings and counsels Lady Gooch turned a deaf ear, and followed out her foolish intentions.
She hired a nurse, purchased baby linen, and took special apartments in the Grosvenor Hotel.
The long expected prodigy was procured, smuggled into the hotel, and Lady Gooch went 
through the farce of professing to have become a mother according to the laws of nature.
A medical gentleman was sent for, and asked to certify that the child was born to Sir Francis
Gooch. He laughed, and informed her ladyship that the child was over a fortnight old. Her
ladyship's maid was requested to telegraph the birth of a son to Sir Francis. She very wisely
declined, and Lady Gooch, her nurse and adopted infant were left to carry on an evident farce.
Meanwhile Sir Francis had put the law in operation , and poor Lady Gooch was awakened from
her maternal imaginings by being summoned to the police court on a charge of conspiring to
palm off a strange child on her husband as his own. The prosecution charged Lady Gooch
with having expressed a determination to have a son in order that, at the death of her 
husband, she might not be left destitute, as the son would become a ward in Chancery, and
a large allowance would be made for the child and mother during its infancy. It was also
alleged that her ladyship was anxious to procure a son so as to prevent the estates passing
to another branch. The defence admitted that the statements of Lady Gooch were false, and
very naturally suggested that her conduct and explanation to the doctors, to her companions,
and others, left it quite clear that her tale was sure to be discovered as an imposition. The
prosecution at the closure of the police court proceedings, begged the magistrate not to 
proceed any further with the case, as Sir Francis was satisfied that the evidence before the 
Court would effectually prevent Lady Gooch from palming off the strange child on her husband,
that the child was sent back to the institution, and that they sought no criminal issues. The
magistrate, however, deemed it his duty to send the case for trial [with the result that the
grand jury threw out the bill]. There can be little doubt that Lady Gooch was fostering a
weird hallucination, that her punishment is already severe , by the fact that she has been
evidently awakened to a true sense of her folly, that the ends of justice have been obtained,
and that the position of Lady Gooch in the future, under the most favourable circumstances,
will be of itself a punishment more than commensurate with her folly.'
In March 1879, Lady Gooch sued her husband for divorce on the ground of his adultery. Sir
Francis denied the adultery and when the case was called, the Court was told that an
arrangement had been reached between the parties, and as a result, the case did not proceed.
Lady Gooch died some seven months later, on 28 October 1879. No age is given for her in any
of the death notices, but I doubt whether she would have reached her 30th birthday. She was
correct in believing that her husband was not destined to live a long life - he died 13 August
1881, aged 30.
Sir John Dinely Goodere, 2nd baronet and Sir Samuel Goodere, 3rd baronet
From the "Newgate Calendar" :-
Sir John Dinely Goodere succeeded his father, Sir Edward, in the possession of an estate of
three thousand pounds a year, situated near Evesham in Worcestershire. His brother Samuel, 
was bred to the sea, and at length was advanced to the rank of captain of a man-of-war.
Sir John married the daughter of a merchant and received twenty thousand pounds as a
marriage portion. But mutual unhappiness was the consequence of this connection, for the
husband was brutal in his manners, and the wife perhaps not strictly observant of the sacred
vow she had taken; for she was too frequently visited by Sir Robert Jasen; and after
recriminations between the married pair, Sir John brought an action in the Court of Common
Pleas for criminal conversation [i.e. adultery], and five hundred pounds' damages were 
awarded by the jury.
Sir John's next step was to indict his lady for a conspiracy, and, a conviction following, she 
was fined and imprisoned for a year in the King's Bench. He likewise petitioned for a divorce;
but the matter being heard in the House of Lords, his petition was thrown out.
Sir John having no children, Captain Samuel Goodere formed very sanguine expectations of
possessing the estate; but finding that the brother had docked the entail in favour of his 
sister's children, the Captain sought the most diabolical means of revenge for the supposed
injury.
While the Captain's vessel lay in the port of Bristol, Sir John went to that city on business; and
being engaged to dine with an attorney, named Smith, the Captain prevailed on the latter to
permit him to make one of their company, under pretence of being reconciled to his brother.
Mr Smith consented, and used his good offices to accommodate the difference, and a sincere
reconciliation appeared to have taken place.
This visit was made on the 10th of January, 1741 [Old Style; 23 January New Style], and the
Captain, having previously concerted his measures, brought some sailors on shore with him,
and left them at a public-house, in waiting to seize the baronet in the evening. Accordingly, 
when the company broke up, the Captain attended his brother through the streets, and when 
they came opposite the public-house the seamen ran out, seized Sir John and conveyed him 
to a boat that had been appointed to wait for his reception. As soon as the victim was in the 
boat he said to his brother "I know you have intention to murder me, and if you are ready to 
do it, let me beg that it be done here without giving yourself the trouble to take me on board." 
To which the Captain said "No, brother; I am going to prevent you rotting on land; but 
however, I would have you make your peace with God this night."
Being put on board, Sir John appealed to the seamen for help; but the Captain put a stop to
any efforts they might have made to assist him, by saying that he was a lunatic, and brought
on board to prevent his committing an act of suicide.
[Matthew] Mahony and [Charles] White now conveyed him to the purser's cabin, which the
Captain guarded with a drawn sword, while the other villains attempted to strangle him with a
handkerchief which they found in his pocket, the wretched victim crying out "Murder!" and
beseeching them not to kill him, and offering all he possessed as a compensation for his life.
As they could not strangle him with the handkerchief the Captain gave them a cord, with
which Mahony dispatched him, while White held his hands and trod on his stomach. The
Captain now retired to his cabin, and on the murder being committed the perpetrators of it
went to him and told him "the job was done"; on which he gave them money, and bade them
seek their safety in flight.
The attorney with whom the brothers had dined having heard of the commission of a murder,
and knowing of the former animosity of the Captain to his brother, immediately conjectured
who it was that had fallen a sacrifice; on which he went to the Mayor of Bristol, who issued
his warrant to the water-bailiff, who, going on board, found that the lieutenant and cooper
had prudently confined the Captain to his cabin.
The offender, being brought on shore, was committed to Newgate, and Mahony and White, 
being taken a few hours afterwards, were lodged in the same prison. At the sessions held at
Bristol on the 26th of March, 1741, these offenders were brought to trial, and, being
convicted on the fullest evidence, received sentence of death. They were hanged near the
Hot Wells, Bristol, on the 20th of April, 1741, within view of the place where the ship lay when
the murder was committed.
Sir John Dineley-Goodere, 5th baronet
The following is extracted from "The Emperor of the United States of America and Other
Magnificent British Eccentrics" by Catherine Caufield (Routledge & Kegan Paul, London 1981)
Sir John's primary object in life was the retrieval of £300,000 which he believed, on no very
good authority, could be his for the relatively small expense of a lawsuit. By 1770 his position
had become desperate. He was forced to sell what was left of the family estate at Burhope
in Herefordshire and decided to get the money he needed to pursue his claim through the
courts by marrying a rich woman.
Friends had managed to procure him a pension as a Poor Knight of Windsor and it was from the
illustrious address of Windsor Castle that he began his campaign. The ancient and honourable
name of Dinely was worth, he reckoned, a dowry of at least £10,000. But should the lucky
woman he chose to marry be young and pretty he might lower his price by £500. He studied
the market closely and made a list of eligible women, with notes on their fortunes, faces and
figures.
He lived very simply while at Windsor, saving what money he had for his thrice-yearly visits to
London. These he announced by means of advertisements placed in the fashionable papers,
replies 'to be left at the Admiralty coffee-house till called for, post-paid or your letter will not
be received.' His reputation spread and it was not long before Sir John was surrounded by
women whenever he appeared at the theatre or at Vauxhall Gardens, his two favourite haunts.
Dressed in faded velvet breeches, a coat and waistcoat of a cut popular years before, and a
powdered wig which was secured to his head by means of a chin strap, he cut a conspicuous,
if not a dashing, figure.
As soon as he spied a likely candidate for matrimony, Sir John would approach her, bow deeply,
and without a word present her with a piece of paper from a stock which he carried with him,
setting forth the terms of his romantic proposition. His search for a wife continued without
success until his death. More than once he discovered that the object of his affections was a
man in disguise, but neither practical jokes nor his years of failure discouraged him from 
continuing his search.
A typical advertisement, published in the Ipswich Journal on 21 August 1802, reads as follows:-
To the angelic fair of true English breed: - worthy notice. Sir John Dinely, of Windsor Castle,
recommends himself and his ample fortune to any angelic beauty of good breed, fit to 
become, and willing to be, a mother of a noble heir, and keep up the name of ancient family,
ennobled by deeds of arms and ancestral renown. Ladies at a certain period of life need not 
apply, as heirship is the object of the mutual contract offered by the ladies' sincere admirer, 
Sir John Dinely. Fortune favours the bold. Such ladies as this advertisement may induce to 
apply, or send their agents (but not servants or matrons) may direct to me at the Castle,
Windsor. Happiness and pleasure are agreeable objects and should be regarded as well as 
honour. The lady who shall thus become my wife will be a Baronetess, and rank accordingly as
Lady Dinely of Windsor. Goodwill and favour to all ladies of Great Britain; pull no caps on his 
account, but favour him with your smiles, and paeans of pleasure await your steps.
                                           *********************
A more comprehensive account of Sir John appeared in the Australian monthly magazine
"Parade" in its issue for December 1970:-
'In the closing years of the 18th century one of the sights of the ancient royal town of Windsor
was the daily perambulation through the streets of Sir John Dinely Goodere, baronet, in search
of a wife. With a penny loaf in one pocket of his shabby coat, a battered cocked hat on his 
bewigged head and a bundle of leaflets in his hand, Sir John set out each morning from his
pensioner's quarters in Windsor Castle. Every time he met an unattached woman, "be it a
tittering girl of 16 or a personable widow," the elderly baronet made a courtly bow and pressed 
upon her one of his leaflets. The papers were addressed to "the angelic fair of the true British
breed" and cordially invited the recipient to consider the enormous advantages of becoming 
Lady Dineley Goodere. Not only would she have the honour of providing an heir for the house
of Goodere, but her money would enable Sir John to claim an inheritance of £375,000 out of
which he had been cheated long ago. However, the ladies of Windsor resisted all the baronet's
blandishments and Sir John was doomed to end his eccentric existence still heirless and 
unmarried. And with him ended a family whose record of murder, madness and tragedy wrote
one of the most lurid chapters into the annals of the English aristocracy.
 
'The first to achieve notoriety was Sir Edward Goodere, squire of Burhope, in Herefordshire, who
was born about 1660 and wed the heiress of the Dineley estates in the neighbouring county of 
Worcestershire. Sir Edward, a man of black temper and ferocious family pride, claimed to be
descended from the Plantagenets and spent most of his life in quarrels and law suits. He was
celebrated for riding his horses to death on the hunting field, beating his servants like dogs, and 
for his enormous feats of eating, drinking and physical strength.
 
'He also developed an insane hatred for his three sons, all of whom died violently - the eldest
in a duel, the second by murder, and the third on the gallows. After the duel swept away his
eldest heir in 1708, Sir Edward was left with John, a drunken wastrel, and his younger brother,
Samuel, an officer in the Royal Navy. Captain Samuel Goodere, in keeping with the family
tradition was a half­crazy tyrant, who drove his seamen to the verge of mutiny before he was
court-martialled and dismissed his ship in 1719. For some years, Sir Edward and his precious
pair of sons managed to patch up their feuds until Samuel ran off with, and married, a farmer's
penniless daughter about 1725. 
'Disowned by his outraged parent, Samuel applied to return to active naval service. After some
delay because of his previous record, he was given command of another ship. He had just
narrowly escaped a second court-martial for negligence and brutality when, in 1739, news of 
his father's death sent him hurrying ashore to claim his share of the Goodere inheritance. To his
fury, he found that the new baronet, his brother John, had already mortgaged most of the 
estate to the hilt and was rapidly losing the rest in an orgy of gambling and dissipation. Since
John had no children, Captain Samuel was his heir, but it was obvious that after a few more 
years of the baronet's spendthrift wildness there would be nothing to inherit. The only solution
was to get rid of Sir John as quickly as possible. Coldly and deliberately, the captain began
planning his brother's murder. [Then follows a description of John's murder and Samuel's 
subsequent hanging - for further details, see the note immediately preceding this one].
 
'Samuel left 12-year-old twin sons, Edward and John, of whom Edward became the new
baronet because he first saw the light of day a few minutes before his brother. Left with only
the remnants of a once princely estate, the boys were reared in obscurity by a guardian at the
decaying old mansion of Burhope, in Herefordshire. Before long the fatal streak of madness
appeared in both of them - mere eccentricity in John, but soon degenerating into violent mania
in his elder brother. 
 
'Eventually, Sir Edward was locked up in a private asylum, where he spent his days inventing
flying machines, trying to teach ducks to speak, and writing letters to his "imperial cousin," the
Emperor of China. He died in 1761, and Sir John Dinely Goodere, aged 32, became the last and
perhaps the most celebrated of all the baronets of his noble house. Nine years later, with not 
even the ancestral home of Burhope left from the wreck of his fortune, Sir John settled in 
in Windsor, where he lived for the rest of his days.
'At first he was only a minor curiosity, a solitary figure, who emerged from his cheap lodgings 
only to make his daily purchases of bread, milk and farthing candles. He shunned company, and
if anyone entered a tavern where he was taking a lonely dram of brandy, he would immediately
pour the liquor on the floor and hastily shuffle out. Yet, with the passing years, the recluse of
Windsor blossomed into a character whose eccentricities attracted visitors from all over the
neighbourhood and as far away as London.
 
'Summer and winter, he appeared in a large, tattered old cloak "from which appeared a pair of
incredibly skinny legs encased in dirty silk stockings and ending in large wooden shoes." In one
hand he brandished a voluminous umbrella to beat off the jeering boys who followed him about;
in the other hand was usually a half­gnawed loaf of bread. On royal occasions, when King 
George III came to reside in Windsor Castle, the baronet was always in front of the loyal
subjects who gathered at the castle gate to welcome the sovereign. Then Sir John would be 
clad in an embroidered coat "of incredible antiquity," velvet breeches, a silk waistcoat and a
great powdered wig that concealed half his face.
 
'He also became more sociable and, instead of avoiding company, would stop people in the
street and harangue them at tedious length about his illustrious ancestry. At various times he
claimed to be descended from Julius Caesar, King Arthur of the Round Table, the ancient Princes
of Wales, and William the Conqueror. Eventually he was obsessed with the notion that he had 
been cheated out of the vast Dinely estates of his grandmother, which he calculated were now
worth, with compound interest, at least £375,000.
'Too poor to start law suits, he badgered the government with petitions until at last one of
them came to the notice of the Prime Minister, Lord North. North charitably arranged for the
baronet to be enrolled among the "poor knights of Windsor," the little band of royal pensioners
who were given food and lodging within the castle walls. It was then that the 50-year-old Sir
John Goodere launched on the famous wife-hunting campaign that was to convert him from a
local oddity into a national celebrity. One of his objects was to raise money to prosecute his
law suits. But much more important was the necessity to provide himself with an heir so that 
the name of Goodere should not become extinct.
'The baronet began his quest modestly enough by stopping any presentable single woman in the
streets of Windsor and politely asking her to visit his quarters and discuss matrimony. When all
these proposals were rejected with bursts of laughter, expressions of outraged modesty or 
threats to call the constables, Sir John took more elaborate measures. He had pamphlets 
printed, in which he pointed out to "all virtuous and single ladies of fashionable degree or
otherwise," the inestimable advantages of becoming Lady Goodere.
'The recipients were invited to meet Sir John at a pastrycook's shop in Windsor, where he would
be in attendance for three hours a day to receive their applications. Those too shy to keep an
assignation in a public shop might send a discreet agent to the poor knights' quarters in the
castle, where Sir John would consider their proposals.
 
'Next, the frustrated baronet was reduced to advertising in the London newspapers, announcing
that on one evening each month he would appear in the Vauxhall Gardens to "attend to any
supplications by the fair sex." The only result was that he was driven nearly mad by crowds of
jeering trollops, threatened with a duel by a jealous lover, and chased out of the gardens
beneath a hail of rubbish. 
 
'Meanwhile, sightseers came from all over Britain to enjoy the spectacle of the celebrated Sir
John Goodere on his endless rounds in search of a wife. Crowds trailed him through the streets,
obscene ballads were sung about him, and even King George complained that "the damned old 
crow" aroused more excitement in the town than the monarch himself.
'But matrimony continued to elude the baronet for the rest of his days. In November 1809 he
died, still wifeless, in Windsor Castle. And with him the crazy and tragedy-haunted family of
Goodere came to an end.'
Sir James Stephen Goold, 4th baronet and his brother, Vere Thomas St.Leger Goold
According to an article which appeared in the 'Adelaide [South Australia] Advertiser' on 9
September 1907, Sir James's younger brother, Vere Thomas St.Leger Goold, claimed the
baronetcy, notwithstanding the fact that his older brother was still alive at the time. In any
event, Sir James Goold also had three sons and two grandsons, each of whom took precedence
in the line of succession. It should also be pointed out that Sir James Goold and his family
lived in South Australia at the time the article was published, and the paper would therefore be
expected to have a better knowledge of the family than most.
The article states that 'How [Vere] Goold claimed his title to his brother's baronetcy, though
Sir James Stephen Goold is still alive, forms a curious narrative. Even if Sir James were dead,
Vere Goold would not be justified in using the title of 'Sir Vere,' as there are three sons and
one [actually two] grandsons of his brother who would take precedence of him. The family of
the baronet are all residing in Australia, but are not in a position to "keep up" the title.
 
'In 1900 a paragraph appeared in Canadian and Australian papers, stating that in consequence
of the death of the holder of the title, Mr. Vere St.Leger Goold, of Montreal, had
succeeded to it. The only foundation for the story was the fact that a brother named 
Frederick Edward Michael Goold, who came between James Stephen and Vere St.Leger, died
in a hospital in Australia, leaving no heirs. [While this person does not appear in Burke's 
Peerage, he is shown as the heir to the baronetcy in the 1899 edition of Dod's Peerage, even
though each of Sir James's three sons had been born by that time - but this was not known
to the editors of these peerage reference works].
'Vere St.Leger appears to have fastened on this fact, and circulated a statement that it was
the elder brother, holder of the title, who had died without family. In May, 1901, he wrote to
the editors of the leading books of reference, telling them of his brother's death. While
professing anxiety not to use the title "until proofs come to hand," he said he would like to
establish his position as baronet, "for my wife's sake." He also informed the editors that he had
no children, and that he travelled about a good deal. His friends, he explained, wished to call 
him 'Sir Vere,' but he told everyone that it would be "somewhat premature" to do so. He wound
up by ingenuously stating that he had not seen or heard anything of his brother, James 
Stephen Goold, since the year 1863 [the year James Stephen Goold migrated to Australia].
'This last statement was denounced the following year by the real baronet, Vere St.Leger's
elder brother, as a falsehood. He had also seen the newspaper paragraphs and he wrote to the
editors to inform them that, while he was not in a position to keep up the title, he still wished
to preserve the rights of his three sons and any children they might have. As for his brother's
statement that he had not seen or heard of him since 1863, he settled the question by 
showing that he had been in frequent communication with him since 1897 on the question of 
the use of the title.
'In subsequent letters Sir James Stephen Goold alleged that Vere St.Leger actually wrote to 
him offering him £100 if he would sign a document "waiving his claim," and the claims of his
children, to the title. The money was never sent, and the document, if it had been signed for
this consideration would have been worth nothing. It is not in the power of anyone to abandon
a title in that fashion.'
When Sir James Goold died in August 1926, the [Melbourne] 'Argus' reported, in its edition of
10 August 1926, that "Sir James Stephen Goold, an Irish baronet [sic - it is a baronetcy of
the United Kingdom], died yesterday at a mental hospital. [I understand, however, that Sir 
James had suffered a stroke, so the reference to a mental hospital may be somewhat
misleading - it is more likely that he died in some form of sanatorium or nursing home.] Sir 
James Goold, who was born on October 13, 1848, succeeded his uncle, the third baronet, in 
1893. He was for many years and until 13 years ago a railway ganger at Gladstone, South 
Australia. He never used his title……….Sir James Goold had maintained for 44 years the secret 
of his association with a titled family, but in August 1907, a cable message announced that a
Vere Goold and Mrs. Goold had murdered Madame Emma Levin at Monte Carlo. [Vere] Goold 
said that he had a brother, a baronet, in South Australia……"
The murder referred to above was one of most sensational newspaper stories of 1907. On 
6 August of that year, a middle-aged couple arrived at Marseilles by train from Monte Carlo.
The man gave a railway porter a luggage ticket and asked him to forward a trunk via goods
train to Charing Cross Station in London, to be left there until called for. The trunk was placed
on a truck and driven towards the goods station, but on the way, it was noticed that blood
was leaking from a corner of the trunk. The porter reported the matter to the police, and
when the trunk was opened, they found the body of a woman, whose head and legs had been 
severed. It was an easy matter to trace the middle-aged couple, since the porter had 
overheard them hiring a cab to take them to a hotel, whose name he had remembered. The 
police immediately proceeded to the hotel and arrested the couple, and seized their other 
luggage. In one of their trunks, the police found the missing head and legs. 
At their subsequent trial the prisoners, Vere St.Leger Goold and his wife Violet Goold, formerly
Girondin, denied murdering Emma Levin, but admitted to dismembering her body. Evidence was
brought before the court which showed that Emma Levin was a wealthy woman who possessed
a valuable collection of jewellery. In addition, it was shown that she had lent money to the 
Goolds, and had been pressing them for repayment. Finally, on 4 December 1907, the Court
found both of the Goolds to be guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced Vere Goold to life
imprisonment, while Mrs. Goold was sentenced to death. Vere Goold died in prison on Devil's
Island, the French penal settlement off the coast of South America in September 1909 (one
report suggests that he committed suicide). His wife's death sentence was later commuted
to life in prison, where she died in January 1914.
The reason for the commutation of Mrs. Goold's death sentence may perhaps be found in the
following report which appeared in 'The Washington Post' on 24 December 1907:-
'Mme. Vere Goold has produced consternation in the principality of Monaco by exercising an
ancient right of a condemned person and demanding that she be beheaded in the plaza, which
is the flower and tree decorated space in front of the Casino at Monte Carlo.
'Ever since the trial of the Goolds for the murder of Emma Levin, the Prince of Monaco has
dreaded some such possibility as this. The persistent policy of this ruler has been to keep
away, to cover up, anything that might frighten the nervous sensibilities of the patrons of the
gambling establishments.
'The idea of an execution in Monte Carlo was horrifying enough, but now this terrible woman
demands to be killed in public and that the guillotine be set up in front of the Palace of Chance.
She and her husband have appealed against their sentences - his that of hard labour for life 
and hers that of the headsman - and in view of the woman's plea for a final public appearance 
it is possible the appeal will be granted.
'Meanwhile the Goolds are locked up in the Monaco prison. Goold has sent a farewell message 
to his friends in Ireland and England, and will be shipped to Cayenne, French Guinea [sic for 
Guiana], if the sentence be carried out. He has also sent loving messages to the cell of his
wife, but she refuses to read them and declares she wants nothing more to do with "that
lazy drunkard."
While researching this note, I made a courtesy phone call to the current baronet, Sir George
William [Bill] Goold, who lives in Sydney. Not only was Bill familiar with most aspects of the
stories of Sir James Stephen Goold and Vere St.Leger Goold, but he was also aware of some
information that was unknown to me. He very kindly sent me a copy of a pamphlet entitled
"St.Leger Goold; A Tale of Two Courts" written by Alan Little and published by the Wimbledon
Lawn Tennis Museum in 1984. The two courts referred to in the title of the pamphlet are the
court which convicted Vere Goold of murder, and also the tennis courts at Wimbledon, where
Goold was a champion player, being the runner-up in the men's singles at Wimbledon in 1879,
the same year that he won the Irish championship.
The Gore-Booth baronetcy
The following article, which is headed "The sorry fate of the House of Gore-Booth" appeared in 
"The Sunday Times" of 25 October 1970. The article was written by Anne ['You are the 
Weakest Link'] Robinson. On the face of it, the Gore-Booth family appear to have been the 
victims of, at the least, official incompetence, or, at worst, corruption.
'Lissadell House, County Sligo, is the ancestral home of the Gore-Booth family. The Gore-Booths,
who share common ancestry with the Earls of Arran and the Barons Harlech, have been lords
lieutenant, high sheriffs, justices of the peace, soldiers, sailors and civil servants. The sons 
went to Eton and Rugby, Oxford and Cambridge, and served in the Royal Irish Fusiliers, the
Dragoons, the Irish Guards, the Scots Fusilier Guards and the Royal Navy.
'Lord Gore-Booth rose to head the British diplomatic service. Constance Georgina Gore-Booth,
the Countess Markievicz, fought alongside the rebels in the Irish Rebellion of 1916, was the 
first woman elected to the British Parliament and was the first Irish Minister for Labour. Yeats
was a close friend, a regular visitor to Lissadell, an admirer of the sisters:
     "The light of evening, Lissadell,
      Great windows open to the south,
      Two girls in silk kimonos, both
      Beautiful, one a gazelle."
[These are the opening lines of Yeats's poem "In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con 
Markiewicz."]
'Lissadell, one of Ireland's great houses, and the Gore-Booths, one of its great families, are
now in sad decline. The avenue to the once-magnificent Georgian house is lined with potholes.
The garden is overgrown, the greenhouses are shattered and empty, the stables beyond repair.
The roof of the main block leaks badly and the paintings show patches of mildew. In two tiny
bedrooms and a cramped kitchen live Angus Josslyn, the heir presumptive to the family
baronetcy, and his sisters, Miss Gabrielle and Miss Aideen. They scratch a living showing 
visitors over the estate at 3s a head. In winter they sit round the kitchen stove because they
cannot afford a coal fire.
'The Gore-Booths claim the trouble they are now in is not of their own making. They tell an
alarming story of a 14-year battle against the Irish legal establishment, of political pressures,
mismanaged accounts, vanishing forests, unusual business practices, missing funds, and threats
of prison as, in front of their eyes, their father's legacy was allowed to be whittled away by the
very people appointed in law to protect it.
'Their account sounds like a 19th-century melodrama, yet in Sligo few doubt that it is true. 
"The Gore-Booth business," said a neighbour last week, "is one of the great Irish scandals of the
century."
'The decline in the fortunes of the Gore-Booth family began with the death in 1944 of the 6th
baronet, Sir Josslyn. Sir Josslyn, one of the founders of co-operative dairy societies throughout
Ireland and a man of strong social conscience, had steadily built up the 2,670-acre estate,
concentrating on commercial timber. His idea was that forests coming progressively into 
production would take care of his death duties without ruining his family and without the need
for dismissing any of the estate workers.
'Sir Josslyn had eight children, four boys and four girls. Two sons, Hugh, the second, and Brian,
the third, were killed in action during the war. The youngest, Angus, has had periods of absent-
mindedness. The eldest, Sir Michael Savile, 7th baronet, is in a Yorkshire nursing home suffering
from mental illness. Sir Michael was already ill when his father died, and incapable therefore of
managing the estate.
'Accordingly, the Irish Government, through the Solicitor-General for wards of court (the Irish
equivalent to the official solicitor) stepped in and made Sir Michael a ward. The Solicitor-General
thus became responsible for administering the financial affairs and the property of Sir Michael. 
As well, three trustees were appointed and were to be consulted on any major issues 
concerning the estate.
'The day-to-day management was left in the hands of Miss Gabrielle, and under her care, during
the early years of this arrangement, the estate ran profitably. Then, in 1952, trouble began.
'In that year, Mr. Gerald Maguire became the new Solicitor-General for wards of court. Mr.
Maguire, who came from a family of lawyers, had his own ideas of how the estate should be 
run. They did not coincide that those of Miss Gabrielle and by 1955 the family had a bank
overdraft of some £20,000. There are two versions of how this occurred. Mr. Maguire said that
Miss Gabrielle had no idea of how to manage Lissadell and her incompetence had caused the
loss.
'Miss Gabrielle says that although the timber trade went through a depressed period at this 
time, the real reason for the loss was that Mr. Maguire would not allow her enough money from
the family funds to pay reasonable wages, and that Mr. Maguire's unusual accounting methods
made it hard to keep track of the progress of the business. She says, for example, that in 
September, 1954, the timber firm of McAinsh and Company paid £5,750 for timber it had felled
on the estate. When Miss Gabrielle received the 1954 accounts there was no sign of this
amount. After representation to Mr. Maguire, the figure was inserted and the accounts altered
accordingly.
'This incident led to a further deterioration in relations and Miss Gabrielle when Mr. Maguire
sacked her and appointed a new manager. However, when the new man turned up at Lissadell
to take charge, 41 out of the 53 workers on the estate refused to serve under him unless the
Gore-Booths ordered them to do so. Mr. Maguire replied by dismissing them.
'Miss Gabrielle announced that she was not going to let loyal workers be sacked in this manner
and said that if Mr. Maguire would not pay their wages then she would. She began selling crops
and timber from the estate to raise the money. Mr. Maguire took to the law. He appealed to
the High Court in Dublin and succeeded in obtaining an injunction restraining the Gore-Booths
"from selling, removing or disposing" of any of the property at Lissadell.
'This produced a stalemate. Interest was mounting on the £20,000 overdraft (it has now 
reached £40,000) and the estate began to deteriorate. Miss Gabrielle's idea of how to solve
the problem was that Mr. Maguire should release enough of her brother's capital to pay off the
overdraft and start afresh. Mr. Maguire saw another, more direct, solution and on October 5,
1956, moved to apply the coup de grace. He applied to the High Court for an order to allow
him to sell Lissadell to the Land Commissioner.
'The President of the High Court, Mr. Justice Cahir Davitt, granted the application and made an
order for the sale, in which it was said that the trustees of the Gore-Booth estate had agreed
to such a sale. Since the trustees were Sir Michael's uncles, Major Michael Nicholls and Mr.
Mordaunt Gore-Booth, this came as a surprise to Miss Gabrielle and her family and they 
immediately sent telegrams to the uncles asking if this was so. Both uncles replied  rather
testily that not only had they not given consent to the sale of Lissadell but they had not been
consulted. The family made representations to Mr. Justice Davitt with this evidence and the
order for the sale was rescinded.
These events had caused something of a stir in Ireland. Mr. Justice Davitt is the son of one of
Ireland's great national leaders, Michael Davitt, founder of the Land League, which, in the 
nineteenth century, broke the power of landlords in Ireland and enabled tenant farmers to
become owners of their own holdings. But Irish newspapers hesitated to tackle the story. "It
was a political hot potato," a Dublin reporter said last week. "Firstly, it's Government policy
to break up the old large estates, and secondly no one wanted to take on a story where
everyone involved had such good connections."
'Mr. Maguire's next move set County Sligo talking. He decided to sell some Lissadell cattle and
sent an agent and three men to collect them. Just as a precaution he also sent a police escort.
This column was met by a determined Miss Gabrielle and Miss Aideen who appeared to be
trying to drive the cattle away by waving their arms. Mr. Maguire went straight to the High
Court and asked that the sisters be sent to jail for contempt. In evidence Miss Gabrielle denied
that she had been trying to drive the cattle off. Knowing Mr. Maguire's accounting methods,
she had, she said, merely been trying to count the cattle before they were sold. The judge 
said the whole thing was a trivial matter and dismissed the application.
'The battle between Mr. Maguire and the Gore-Booths continued. Mr. Maguire took over the
management of the estate himself and obtained an injunction restraining the Gore-Booths from
interfering with him. He followed the injunction a week later with an eviction order, but this was
suspended indefinitely so long as the family refrained from interfering. The threat of losing their
home was an effective check and the Gore-Booths were able to do nothing when  a new 
manager was installed on the estate and felling of large areas of woodlands began.
 
'The felling of the trees continued with a curious change in the method of selling the timber. 
Normal practice had been to offer the forests for sale by tender. Merchants would be given
details of the woods, allowed to inspect them, and then invited to make a bid. This suddenly
ended. McAinsh and Company, one of the regular bidders under this system, was not invited
to tender any more and as a result closed its saw-mill in the area.
 
'To replace the tender system a new arrangement was worked out with the now defunct
timber firm of D.G. Somerville. Under an agreement with the Solicitor-General for wards of
court, Somervilles would fell a section of woodland, measure the timber and then make an offer.
This peculiar system is not generally known in the timber trade.
'The Gore-Booths, upset at the whittling down of the estate, made repeated requests through
their own solicitor for a statement of the family affairs. In 1960 Mr. Maguire died and the new
Solicitor-General for wards of court gave permission for the family to be given revenue 
statements for the sale of timber for the previous five years. The family received a sheet of
paper with the figure £16,390. No details whatsoever were supplied. (Again the Solicitor-
General's office appeared to have had a problem with their figures. D.G. Somerville, to whom the
timber had been sold, independently gave Miss Gabrielle a total of £16,219.)
'The Gore-Booth family challenged this. Miss Gabrielle has spent months tramping the estate to
measure woodland and count tree-stumps and has documented in great detail a claim against
the Solicitor-General totalling £234,000.
'For example, Miss Gabrielle claims that between 1956 and 1960 the manager sold timber from 
153 acres of top quality woodland. Mr. John Plant, the former manager of Somervilles, puts the
value of the timber at £925 an acre. A timber expert last week gave a more conservative
estimate of £500. Even calculated on the lower price the return should have been in the region
of £76,000. The amount could have been more. The Forestry Department can only produce
felling licences for 95 acres. The remaining 58 acres were felled without reference to the
Department which has therefore, no record of the number of the trees chopped down on these
sections. Later in 1960, after Somervilles went into liquidation, Mr. Plant bought on his own
behalf £9,000 worth of standing timber from Lissadell. The amount entered for this transaction
in the official accounts which the family received was £1,931.
'In 1961 the Gore-Booths took their case to the High Court. It was four years before Mr. Justice
Davitt delivered his judgment. He stated that his investigations into the accounts and balance
sheets provided by the Solicitor-General of wards of court showed nothing wrong. The family
appealed but discontinued their action when they ran out of funds.
'In 1967, the new President of the High Court, Mr. Justice O'Keefe, made a further order for the
Lissadell estate, excluding the house, to be sold to the Land Commission. The two uncles who
had been trustees had died. The new trustee, the Bank of Ireland, owed about £40,000 from
the estate, gave its consent to the sale. A bid by the family to oppose the order was 
unsuccessful and Lissadell was sold for £77,000. Miss Gabrielle has appealed to the Attorney-
General of Ireland for an inquiry. Her chances are not bright. The present Solicitor-General
for wards of court, Mr. Daniel Coughlan, said last week:- "I feel that little can happen unless
a claim is put through the courts, and that has already been done."
Lord Mountbatten, who owns a nearby estate and sympathises with the Gore-Booths' 
difficulties, now employs Miss Gabrielle as his manager and regards her as highly competent.
With the income from this, and takings from visitors, Miss Gabrielle, Miss Aideen and Mr. Angus
hope to hold out at Lissadell until the Attorney-General makes his decision. Miss Gabrielle said
yesterday:- "It's our last chance. We have no money for further legal fees." If their last chance
fails then within a year the estate will be split into small parcels and sold. If this happens, 
Lissadell, and with it a bit of Irish history, will cease to exist.'
Eventually, in 2003, Lissadell House was sold to a private couple for €3 million. The new owners
spent large amounts in restoring the house and gardens, and continued to allow public access
to the house, but they limited public rights of way over the estate, including a right of way to 
a popular beach bordering the grounds. In December 2010, after Sligo County Council had voted
to preserve the public rights of way, the Irish High Court ruled in favour of the Council and the
public rights of way were restored.
Agnes Goring, wife of Sir Craven Charles Goring, 10th baronet
Lady Goring is the central character in one of the stories included in "Lord Halifax's Ghost Book"
[Geoffrey Bles London 1936], a collection of ghost stories compiled by Charles Lindley Wood,
2nd Viscount Halifax. When I first set out to write this note, I believed that the note would
consist only of Lady Goring's story, but, upon digging a bit deeper, the note "growed like
Topsy." Firstly, the story of Lady Goring's dream:-
'One night Lady Goring distinctly saw in a dream an old house, which was quite unfamiliar to 
her. She knew that someone was with her and that she was visiting this house for a purpose;
and when she got inside, one special room was fixed in her mind. First, it had a very curious 
frieze near the ceiling; then the latticed windows were of a peculiar, long, narrow shape and
were connected by a striking moulding. In her dream she saw an elderly woman sitting hunched
up in an armchair by the fire; but a moment later her attention wandered from her to the door,
which was softly opening. She saw a man enter, steal up quickly to the elderly woman, who
was apparently asleep, suddenly produce a pistol, place it close to her temple, and fire. When
his victim fell over, the murderer tried to arrange the pistol so that it might appear as if it had
fallen from her hand. He then noiselessly left the room, shutting the door after him, but a few
moments afterwards reappeared and made some further alterations in the position of the dead
woman and the pistol. Having done so, he went away and did not return. Lady Goring saw his
face so plainly in her dream that it became fixed in her memory.
'In course of time she and her husband, Sir Craven, wished to rent a house, and inspected
various properties, among others an old manor in Cheshire. The moment Lady Goring entered the
manor she felt that the place was strangely familiar to her. Then the truth flashed upon her. "I
have never been here in my life," she told herself, "but it is the house of my dream."
'At that moment the caretaker said, "This door on the right leads to the drawing-room"; where-
upon Lady Goring corrected her, saying, "I am sure that you must mean the dining-room."
'The caretaker apologised and replied, "Did I say the drawing-room? I meant to say the dining-
room."
'As soon as she opened the door, Lady Goring recognised the remarkable frieze, the latticed
windows and the peculiar moulding. There was also a chair near the fireplace.
'The caretaker, on being asked for some information about the house, told the Gorings that the
last tenant had not stayed very long and that the family previously in possession had been
foreigners. She thought they were Austrians or Swiss. There were three of them, a gentleman,
his wife and his mother-in-law. There had been a sad tragedy in their time because the old lady
had shot herself. After this, the husband and wife had gone away to foreign parts and the 
house had been shut up for some time.
'Lady Goring did not take the house, but some months later, as she was walking down Regent
Street and idly looking in at the shop windows, she came to a standstill opposite the 
Stereoscopic. What had stopped her was a photograph in the window. "Why!" she exclaimed
to herself, "there is the murderer of my dream." On going into the shop and enquiring who the
man in the photograph might be, she found that it was Tourville, who was then being tried for
the murder of his second wife in the Tyrol.'
While it is impossible to say whether Lady Goring's dream ever actually occurred, there is no
doubt at all that the death described by Lady Goring took place, and that in the manner of the
dream. The following article appeared in 'The Manchester Guardian' of 25 September 1876:-
'In April 1868 there appeared the following in the Warrington Guardian, under the head "Fatal
Pistol Accident at Lymm: A Lady Shot by her Son-in-Law." -  On Saturday morning last Mrs.
Elizabeth Brigham, who resided at Foxley Hall, Lymm, was killed by the discharge of a revolver
pistol, which her son-in-law, Mons. Perreau, had been engaged in cleaning. The deceased lady
was the widow of the late Dr. Brigham, and had been many years resident at Foxley Hall. A
great deal of excitement was occasioned in the neighbourhood immediately the melancholy
occurrence became known; and rumours were circulated as to the act having been done
designedly. At the inquest held before Mr. James Nicholson, coroner, the whole of the facts
were minutely inquired into, and all cause for suspicion was set at rest, when, after an
investigation of five hours, the Jury returned a verdict of accidental death. [It should be noted
that Lymm is in Cheshire, and therefore Lady Goring's mention of an "old manor in Cheshire"
fits very nicely with "Foxley Hall, Lymm." The evidence becomes even stronger as the report
continues....]
'The sequel to this Lymm "accident" appears in the French correspondent's column of the
Standard of Friday, as follows:- "A tragic event has just occurred at the Stitzer-Joch, in the 
Tyrol. A lady of English birth, Madame de Tourville, was found dead at the foot of a rock. Her
husband stated that she had been seized with a sudden giddiness and had fallen down the
precipice. Rumours, however, got afloat that her death was not the result of an accident, but
of crime. An inquiry held by the authorities resulted in a verdict of not proven. The matter then
entered on a new phase. The English police, whose suspicions were aroused, gathered fresh 
information about the husband. Henri de Tourville had previously passed under the name of 
Henri Perreau. His first wife was a woman of ailing constitution. One day Perreau happened to 
be alone with his mother-in-law, and was showing her the mechanism of a revolver. As ill-luck
would have it the weapon was loaded and a barrel went off, which killed the lady. His wife died
soon after, and Perreau inherited £40,000 sterling. Perreau was not prosecuted, but the police
thought it their duty to keep an eye on him. He afterwards changed his name to De Tourville,
and in November 1875, married a second wife with a fortune of £70,000, and persuaded her
to make a will in his favour. They then went travelling, and did not return to England. The
Tagblatt of Innsbruck, which gives these details, does not say whether the Austrian police
have taken any steps in consequence of the information furnished by the English detectives."
Mrs. de Tourville was killed on 16 July 1876. After her death and the subsequent inquiry held by
the authorities in Austria, de Tourville had returned to England, where, in late October 1876, he
was arrested on an extradition warrant and charged with murder. He was subsequently 
extradited to Austria, where he stood trial in June/July 1877, at which trial he was found guilty
and sentenced to be hanged, but this sentence was later commuted to 18 years' hard labour.
During much of the 1880s, de Tourville's name was often before the English courts as he sought
to receive the moneys that had been left to him under the wills of his two former wives. These
cases were further complicated by the existence of an alleged son by his first marriage who had
disappeared, and the possibility that this son was identical with a body found washed up on a
beach in Naples in 1885. According to a number of reports in American newspapers de Tourville 
died in prison in February 1890, the reporting of which led the papers to provide their readers
with a summary of de Tourville's history. The following summary appeared in 'The Washington
Post' of 24 February 1890. In some respects it differs from the outline shown above, but it also
contains some new information/allegations:-
'One of the most remarkable criminals of modern times has just brought his life to a close in the
Karlau Prison, at Graz, Austria. A Frenchman of low birth, yet of exceedingly handsome 
appearance and still more charming manners, he caused himself to be naturalized in England
under the name of "Count Henry de Tourville." It is not customary for the clerks who register 
the naturalization papers to inquire into the rights or legality of a foreign title borne by a candid-
ate for British citizenship, and no difficulty is made about registering aliens under any nobiliary
designation which they may assume for the occasion. The title figuring upon the naturalization
papers, with the stamp and seal of the British government appended thereto, is regarded by the
uninitiated both at home and abroad as having received the official confirmation, sanction, and
recognition of Queen Victoria, and from that time forth is considered what one might describe
as a legal tender.
'With the assistance of the title thus obtained, "Count de Tourville," who was the type of the 
polished and highly-cultured adventurer, spread his net in the provincial cities of the midland
counties, and succeeded in capturing the affections of a wealthy heiress of the middle classes.
His married life was, however, of short duration, for his wife died abroad from the effects of
powdered glass put in her food and drink. His mother-in-law, who suspected his share in her 
daughter's death, and who, with true mother-in-law-like method, lost no opportunity in 
insinuating her belief on the subject, was "accidentally" shot through the brain by him while he
was cleaning a pistol. It should be added that the only reason why the old lady exposed herself
to the danger of travelling about with the pseudo Count was for the purpose of protecting the
life and interests of her little grandson, the sole issue of the marriage, and on whom the fortune
of the murdered woman was settled.
'Within a short time after the death of de Tourville's mother-in-law the house in which his little
three-year-old boy was residing mysteriously caught fire and the child barely escaped with his
life. The circumstances of the case were so peculiar that the marriage trustees determined to
take possession of the infant. De Tourville did not venture to protest or face the music of a law
court on the subject, for he realized that, although the evidence against him was not sufficient
to secure a conviction, it was quite sufficient to ruin any further matrimonial chances in 
England. The boy is now a young man of about twenty. With the sanction of his guardians he
has assumed his mother's in lieu of his father's name, and next year he will attain his majority
and will be placed in possession of his fortune.
'Scarcely a year had elapsed after the attempt to burn his little boy when de Tourville 
succeeded in obtaining the hand of a wealthy widow residing at Birmingham. Her name was
Madeline Miller, and her fortune amounted to about $200,000, her age, however, being fifty-
seven; that is, fifteen years older than de Tourville's. The latter was exceedingly relieved to
discover that she had no near relatives. The wedding took place at Birmingham in June, 1876,
and the honeymoon was spent in the Austrian Tyrol. On the 16th of July the couple proceeded
to make an excursion up the mountain known as the Stillfer Joche. Shortly after nightfall he
returned alone to the hotel at Vozen, and declared amid great protestations of grief that his
wife had fallen over a precipice and had been killed. The mangled remains of the poor lady were
found on the following day, and so sincere did de Tourville's sorrow appear that no suspicion
arose at the time [this is totally at odds with other reports, which state that de Tourville's 
reaction to his wife's death was that of total nonchalance, which gave rise to the initial police
suspicion of his guilt]. The inquest was of the most perfunctory nature, and the burial took 
place in the Protestant Cemetery here. Immediately afterward de Tourville left for England and
assumed possession of his wife's fortune without difficulty.
Within a few days after his departure, however, rumours began to circulate about Meran
concerning certain peculiar features in connection with the accident. In the first place, a 
Vienna lawyer named Dr. Markreiter who was stopping at Vozen at the time, and who was an 
enthusiast on the subject of mountaineering, drew attention to the fact that the upper portion
of the precipice at the foot of which she was found was of a slope so very gradual and gentle
from the road that it was impossible that any one could have slipped from the path and been
straightway precipitated into the abyss. It was manifest that the unfortunate woman's body
must have been dragged almost to the edge of the lower section of the precipice in order to 
have fallen into the abyss. The suspicions thus engendered were further corroborated by the
servants of the hotel and by the knowledge that the "Countess" had been considerably older
and richer than her husband.
'So serious did the presumption of foul play become that by order of the local justice the body
of the lady was exhumed and subjected to a careful autopsy. From this it resulted that several
wounds were found on the body which could not have been produced by the fall. In view of
these circumstances a warrant of arrest was issued against de Tourville, and the authorities
here were requested to take the necessary steps for procuring his extradition from England.
He was arrested in London by a Scotland Yard detective by the name of Clark and taken before
Magistrate Vaughn at the Bow-street police court, with a view to his extradition. Considerable
difficulty was experienced, for the question arose whether he was an English subject, and
whether, as a Frenchman, the English authorities possessed the right to extradite him. The
validity of his naturalization was open to question, since he admitted and was able to show that
he had been citizenized [ugh!] by England under a false name, namely, that of de Tourville. 
Finally, he was turned over to the Austrian authorities.
'One of the most extraordinarily dramatic trials of modern times now took place. One of the 
most sensational incidents occurred when de Tourville denied having shot the mother of his first 
wife. The London detective, Clark, then stepped into the witness box, opened his bag, and 
extracted therefrom the skull of the old lady, perforated by the bullet. Another equally striking 
feature was when the entire court adjourned to witness the scene of the accident in the
mountains. Judges, jury, counsel, prisoner, police, newspaper reporters, drove up in a long file 
of carriages to the spot where de Tourville claimed that his wife had fallen. A dummy figure of 
life size was taken along for the purpose of demonstrating the impossibility of the body having 
fallen from the roadway down the precipice without having been dragged a considerable
distance. When the court returned to Vozen at the conclusion of this unique mountain 
excursion, de Tourville was condemned to death. On appeal, in view of the circumstantial 
nature of the evidence, the sentence was commuted to one of penal servitude for twenty 
years.
'The first portion of his imprisonment was spent in the penitentiary at Cape d'Istria, whence he
was moved to that of Gradisca. While at Gradisca he almost succeeded in effecting his escape
by bribing two wardens with gold that had been smuggled into his possession in the hollow of a
flatiron. On the discovery thereof he was immediately removed to the Karlau, near Graz, which
is the most gloomy and terrible of all Austrian prisons. It was there that he died a fortnight ago
after sixteen [sic] years of incarceration.'
Sir Harry Yelverton Goring, 11th baronet
The following article appeared in the New Zealand 'Inangahua Times' on 4 May 1897. 
Inangahua is a region on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island. The newspaper was
published in the town of Reefton, reputedly the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to be
lit by electricity, although Tamworth in New South Wales also claims this honour. 
'Mr. Henry Yelverston [sic] Goring, formerly of [New] Zealand, at present at Tamworth [a nice
coincidence], in Staffordshire, has just succeeded to the family baronetcy. It appears (writes
our London correspondent under date March 29th) that on Thursday he received a telegram
from a friend in Lichfield congratulating him on his title, and referring him to the obituary 
notices in that day's Times. "I said to my wife," remarked Sir H. Y. Goring, "I doubt my friend
is hoaxing me, but anyhow I'll go to the public reading room and see the paper. So after I had
my dinner I went, and read the notice of the sudden death of my cousin, Colonel Sir Charles
Goring. I had never anticipated a fatal termination to his illness, particularly as he was of the
same age as myself, and had not gone through the many hardships that I have." 
'The new baronet says he went out with his father to New Zealand, where his father became
private secretary to Sir George Grey, the then Governor, and continued to act in that capacity
to the succeeding Governors for 30 years, when he retired on a pension. The present baronet
could find nothing to do, and went to Sydney to look for work. Not getting any, he joined the
First Battalion 12th Suffolk Regiment in 1860. He had no friends in the regiment, and the 
promotion he got was simply on his merits. He was made sergeant at Sealcot (India) in 1869.
In 1872 he returned Home and retired in 1886 on a pension of 25/6 per week. As he had a
large family he entered the tobacco business, and has been in it for seven years.
'Asked if he would stay in Tamworth, the baronet said: "I feel quite satisfied with my present
position, so far as it goes. I am quite comfortable, and did not want this thing at all - this
honour which has been put upon me without my wish. I did not expect that I should ever come
into it. But I always thought my son would get it some day. He is in New Zealand, managing a
sheep ranch." Just then an old lady came in for her "pennyworth 'f snuff," which the baronet
duly served to her.'
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