Edward Blencowe Gould

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Edward Blencowe Gould (Stoke-in-Teignhead, Devon 9 August 1847 - Devon 16 November 1916) was a British Consul in Bangkok, Thailand.

Gould was the first to bring Siamese cats to Europe in 1884 when he brought a pair of these cats back to Britain for his sister, Lilian Jane Gould, who went on to be co-founder of the Siamese Cat Club in 1901. The cats were shown at The Crystal Palace in 1885.[1] [2]


Gould started his career as a junior interpreter in Siam (modern days Thailand) on 20 January 1868. Shortly after, he became first and later on second assistant on 1 May 1878. He became Consul in Siam on 27 November 1885 before being transferred to Port Said, Egypt on 13 August 1891 and then Consul General in Alexandria on 1 November 1897.[2]


He married Alice Elizabeth Gordon (1870-unknown), in 1895 Sussex, with no issue.

He retired on 3 November 1909 and died seven years later in 1916 at his home in Devon.

His brother was the actor James Nutcombe Gould (1849-1899).


  1. ^ "Siamese - Breed profile". catzinc.org.nz. Archived from the original (htm) on 10 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Looking for Consul General Sir Owen Gould". siamese.mundikat.nl. Archived from the original (htm) on 28 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-24.