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William Goulding (15 November 1817 – 8 December 1884)[1] was an Irish Conservative Party politician from Cork. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1876 to 1880.

At the general election in February 1847, he was stood unsuccessfully as a candidate in Cork City, where both seats were won by Repeal Association candidates.[2] After the Repeal MP Joseph Ronayne died in May 1876, the Repeal vote at the resulting by-election was split between two candidates for the single seat, and Goulding won the seat in the House of Commons.[3] However, at the 1880 general election, the Repealers fielded only two candidates for Cork's two seats, and Goulding was defeated.

He stood again at the by-election in February 1884 after the resignation of John Daly, but was defeated again.[4] Two Conservatives candidates contested Cork City at the 1885 general election, and one Unionist candidate stood at the by-election in 1891, but Goulding was the last Conservative or Unionist to be elected as MP for Cork City.[5]

After his death in 1884, a stained glass window representing the Good Shepherd was erected to his memory on the east wall of Taney parish church in Dundrum, County Dublin.[6]

His son William Goulding (1856–1925), a prominent freemason who was director several railway companies in Ireland, was made a Baronet in 1904.[7] The 3rd Baronet, Basil Goulding, was a notable art collector and the husband of Valerie Goulding, an Irish senator and campaigner for disabled people.


  1. ^ "Historical list of MPs: House of Commons constituencies beginning with "C", part 5". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 04 December 2009.  
  2. ^ Brian M. Walker, ed (1978). Parliamentary election results in Ireland 1801–1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. pp. 115–116. ISBN 0 901714 12 7.  
  3. ^ Walker, op. cit., page 121
  4. ^ Walker, op. cit., page 129
  5. ^ Walker, op. cit., pages 334–335
  6. ^ "A Brief History". Taney Parish website. Retrieved 04 December 2009.  
  7. ^ Representative British freemasons : a series of biographies and portraits of early twentieth century freemasons. London: Dod's Peerage, Ltd. 1915. pp. 100–101.  

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Joseph Philip Ronayne
Nicholas Daniel Murphy
Member of Parliament for Cork City
1876 – 1880
With: Nicholas Daniel Murphy
Succeeded by
Charles Stewart Parnell
John Daly


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