Julia McMordie

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Julia McMordie, CBE (1860–1942) was an Ulster Unionist Party politician.

McMordie was the daughter of shipbuilder Sir William Gray, of Hartlepool, County Durham. A Presbyterian, she was educated at Chislehurst, Kent. On 21 May 1886 she married prominent Belfast barrister Robert James McMordie; the couple made their home at Cabin Hill, Knock, Belfast.

In 1921 she was one of two women elected to the first Parliament of Northern Ireland, she represented South Belfast. She did not stand for re-election in 1925. In 1925, she moved to East Cliff, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, in order to be near her family (a son, John Andrew, and daughter, Elsie Gray). She was the first female High Sheriff of Belfast (in 1928).


She died, in 1942, at her daughter's home in King's Cliffe, Oundle. Her brother was created a baronet in 1917 as Sir William Gray, 1st Baronet of Tunstall Manor, Hartlepool.


Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]

Civic offices
Preceded by
Samuel Cheyne
High Sheriff of Belfast
Succeeded by
Samuel Hall-Thompson