Guinness family

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The Guinness family is an extensive aristocratic Anglo-Irish Protestant family noted for their accomplishments in brewing, banking, politics and religious ministry. They are particularly known among the general public for producing the dry stout, Guinness Beer, which they still own to this day.[1] The founder of the dynasty, Arthur Guinness, is believed to have had partly McCartan origins.[2] Beginning in the late 18th century, they became a prominent part of what is known in Ireland as 'the Ascendancy'.[3]

Four members of the family in succession held the UK Parliament constituency of Southend, which became popularly known as "Guinness-on-Sea".

The "banking line" Guinnesses all descend from Arthur's brother Samuel (1727–1795) who set up as a goldbeater in Dublin in 1750, his son Richard (1755–1830), a Dublin barrister and his son Robert Rundell Guinness who founded Guinness Mahon in 1836.

Prominent members[edit]

Brewing line[edit]

Earls of Iveagh[edit]

Lords Moyne[edit]

Banking line[edit]

Religious and political lines[edit]

Possible connection[edit]

While it has been speculated that the actor Sir Alec Guinness (1914–2000) was descended from the Guinness brewing family, his true father has not been identified.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Martelli, G. Man of his Time (London 1957)
  • Lynch P. & Vaizey J. Guinness's Brewery in the Irish Economy, 1759–1876 (Cambridge 1960)
  • Aalen, F. H. A. The Iveagh Trust The first hundred years 1890–1990 (Dublin 1990).
  • Guinness, J. Requiem for a Family Business (Macmillan 1997)
  • S. Dennison and O.MacDonagh, Guinness 1886–1939 From incorporation to the Second World War (Cork University Press 1998).
  • Wilson, D. Dark and Light (Weidenfeld, London 1998)
  • Bryant, J. Kenwood: The Iveagh Bequest (English Heritage publication 2004)
  • Guinness, P. Arthur's Round (Peter Owen, London 2008)
  • Joyce, J. The Guinnesses (Poolbeg Press, Dublin 2009)
  • Bourke, Edward J. The Guinness Story: The Family, the Business and the Black Stuff (O'Brien Press, 2009). ISBN 978-1-84717-145-0

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