Benjamin Guinness, 3rd Earl of Iveagh

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Not to be confused with Benjamin Guinness.

The Rt. Hon. (Arthur Francis) Benjamin Guinness, 3rd Earl of Iveagh (20 May 1937 – 1992), styled Viscount Elveden between 1945 and 1967, was an Irish businessman and politician.

Lord Iveagh (often popularly known as Benjamin Iveagh) was born into the Anglo-Irish Guinness family, being the son of Arthur Onslow Edward Guinness, Viscount Elveden, and Elizabeth Cecilia Hare. He inherited the title from his grandfather, The 2nd Earl of Iveagh, in September 1967.[1] He lived at Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park in Dublin and was chairman of Guinness 1961-1992. He was a trustee of two charitable housing associations, the Iveagh Trust in Dublin and the Guinness Trust in London.

Uniquely at the time, he was a member of two upper houses simultaneously. He was in the British House of Lords in 1967-92, and was appointed an Irish Senator by Liam Cosgrave in 1973-77.

Lord Iveagh married Miranda Daphne Jane Smiley, daughter of Major Michael Smiley, of Castle Fraser, Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, on 12 March 1963. They had four children, but were divorced in 1984. Lord Iveagh died of cancer in Kensington and Chelsea,[2] London, in 1992 at the age of 55. His son Ned Guinness, Viscount Elveden, succeeded to the title.

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  1. ^ His father was killed by a V-2 rocket while on active service in Belgium.
  2. ^ Deaths England and Wales 1984-2006

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Rupert Edward Cecil Guinness
Earl of Iveagh
1967–1992
Succeeded by
Arthur Edward Rory Guinness