Earl of Iveagh

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Earldom of Iveagh
Coronet of a British Earl.svg
Earl of Iveagh
Creation date 30 September 1919
Peerage Peerage of the United Kingdom
First holder Edward Guinness
Present holder Edward Guinness, 4th Earl
Heir apparent Arthur Guinness, Viscount Elveden
Subsidiary titles Viscount Elveden
Viscount Iveagh
Baron Iveagh
Seat(s) Elveden Hall

Earl of Iveagh (commonly pronounced "eye-vee" (especially in Dublin) or more correctly "eye-vah"[1][2]) is a noble title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1919 for the businessman and philanthropist Edward Guinness, 1st Viscount Iveagh. He was the third son of Sir Benjamin Guinness, 1st Baronet, of Ashford, and the great-grandson of Arthur Guinness, the founder of the Guinness brewery.

Guinness had already been created a baronet, of Castle Knock in the County of Dublin, in 1885. He was subsequently made Baron Iveagh, of Iveagh in the County of Down, in 1891, then Viscount Iveagh, of Iveagh in the County of Down, in 1905, and was made Viscount Elveden, of Elveden in the County of Suffolk, at the same time that he was given the earldom in 1919.

As of 2015, the titles are held by his great-great-grandson, the fourth Earl, who succeeded his father in 1992. As a descendant of the first Guinness Baronet of Ashford, he is also in remainder to that title.

The Conservative politician Walter Guinness, 1st Baron Moyne, was the third son of the first Earl.

The family seat is Elveden Hall, near Elveden, Suffolk.

Earls of Iveagh (1919)[edit]

Edward Guinness,
1st Earl of Iveagh

The heir apparent is the present holder's son Arthur Benjamin Geoffrey Guinness, Viscount Elveden (b. 2003).


Arms of Earl of Iveagh
Coronet of a British Earl.svg
Earl of Iveagh
A Coronet of an Earl
1st: A Boar passant quarterly Or and Gules; 2nd: On a Pillar Argent encircled by a Ducal Coronet Or an Eagle preying on a Bird's Leg erased proper
Quarterly: 1st and 4th, Per saltire Gules and Azure a Lion rampant Or on a Chief Ermine a Dexter Hand couped at the wrist of the first (Guinness); 2nd and 3rd, Argent on a Fess between three Crescents Sable a Trefoil slipped Or (Lee)
On either side a Stag Gules collared gemel and attired Or each resting a hind hoof upon an Escutcheon Vert charged with a Lion rampant Or
Spes Mea In Deo (My hope is in God)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Arthur Guinness and Dublin's Iveagh legacy. Retrieved on 2012-01-11 from http://www.hidden-dublin.com/foot/foot10.html.
  2. ^ Pronunciation of Surnames from the book Enquire Within Upon Everything. 119th Edition, March 1939. Retrieved on 2012-01-11 from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sooty/pronoun.html.