A surname of England and Ireland, in England ? from the Old English personal name Garmund, or dweller by the gore (a triangular piece of land) as in the place names Gore Court (Kent) and Gore (Whiltshire); in Ireland for (Mac) Gorman, (O) GORMAN, Mac Gormáin. MacLysaght remarks that the prefix O has been widely substituted for Mac. (Reaney, Spiegelhalter, MacLysaght). Traced by Spiegelhalter in Devon and by MacLysaght in Cos. Clare and Monaghan.



At Ferryland: Ferryland District Court Actions: September 26, 1786 - Gorman, Richard - Testified in Benger vs Leigh.
  Ferryland District Court Actions: September 22, 1794 - Gorman, Richard - Highest Bidder on fishing rooms belonging to: Griffin, Andrew.
  Ferryland Census 1800: - Richard Gorman; wife, Bridget Gorman; Peter Gorman - 4; Mary - 8; Margaret - 6; Alice - 2; Bridget - infant.
  A list of names of all Masters, Servants, and Dieters residing in the District of Ferryland for the Winter of 1799 & Spring 1800: Ferryland - Richard Gorman (clerk), servant of Robert Carter, Esq.
  Carter Papers Ferryland District 1750 - Mid 1800's: Richard Gorman, Clerk of Ferryland Court - 1808.
  Ferryland Supreme Court Actions : October 26, 1830 - Gorman, Bridget - Sued: Pitt, Robert.
  Ferryland Supreme Court Records: Richard Gorman, Gaolor - 1826, 1828, 1829.
  Ferryland Supreme Court Records: Peter Gorman, Gaolor - 1827, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833.
  Ferryland - District Court Actions: January 1, 1834 - Gorman, Peter - Appointed constable for Ferryland.
D'Alberti Papers 31: Richard Gorman, clerk of the peace, Ferryland District, 1821.
At St. John's: RC Basilica - St John's - Marriage Records: March 2, 1824 - Margaret Gorman, Ferryland m. Corp. James Gardner, (Not Stated). By Permission of Major Fitzgerald, (Witnesses?) Martin Howard, Honora Ivey.
  Journal of the House of Assembly - Friday - April 21 1843 - Petition of B. Gorman, Ferryland. The petition states: A Petition of Bridget Gorman, widow, was presented by Mr Nugent (who stated in his place that he had obtained the consent of his Excellency for that purpose) and the same was recieved and read, setting forth, ~ That her late husband, Richard Gorman, for a long period of years, filled the offices of Clerk of the Peace, and Clerk of the Surrogate Court of the Southern District, and subsequently of Gaoler at Ferryland; that for several years before his death the said Richard Gorman did not receive the full amount of his salary and emoluments, but that the petitioner is unable, after the great lapse of time which has since taken place, to obtain redress without appealing to the Legislature; praying that the services of her said husband, and the circumstances set forth in the said petition may be taken into consideration, and a sum granted to petitioner in compensation of the claims of her said husband.
Colony of Avalon: Richard Gorman lived in house at the Pool called "Benger's house" according to testimony of Thomas Phoran in 1850 (Nunan vs. Carter land dispute).
  Furlong, Mary born at Ferryland about 1800; daughter of Richard Gorman who lived in "old Mr. Carter's house in the Pool" and subsequently moved into Benger's house;
At Caplin Bay: Voter's List for Caplin Bay: 1840, 1841, 1842, Richard Gorman - Old Woman's Pond.
Family History: Several references to the Gorman surname, in particular Jeffrey and Richard Gorman, are recorded in old court documents at Ferryland going back into the 1780s. Although he could have been of either Irish or English origin, Richard Gorman's stature in local law and politics in Ferryland suggests that he was probably Protestant, since few Roman Catholics at that time would have been permitted to hold certain offices. However, contrary to that speculation, the Gorman name is not mentioned in any of the Church of England records at Ferryland. Further speculation that Richard's family, at least, were Roman Catholic is suggested by the fact that his daughter Margaret married in the RC Church at St. John's in 1824.
  According to the surviving Voter's Lists, by 1840, there was no listing of the Gorman surname at Ferryland. However, Richard Gorman is listed in the Voter's List at Caplin Bay in 1840 to 1842. This would suggest that he may have built a "retirement" home, near the scenic Old Woman's Pond at Caplin Bay, probably in the 1830s. He would have been fairly old by this time, although the petition suggests he was still actively providing services to the Crown. No Gormans were recorded at Caplin Bay, nor anywhere else in Ferryland District, after 1842. It seems likely that Richard Gorman died about this time since his widow, Bridget, originated her petition in the spring of 1843. Two years later, in April 1845, Bridget Gorman was awarded compensation totalling £66, the equivalent of three years salary for her late husband.
Local Place Names: Gorman's Hill. The hill on the north side of the Old Woman's Pond is still remembered for its association with the Gorman surname.

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