Guinness family

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The arms granted to the Rev. Hosea Guinness in 1814, Per saltire gules and azure a lion rampant Or on a chief ermine, a dexter hand couped at the wrist of the first, include the Red Hand of Ulster. His motto was Spes mea in Deo [My hope in God][1]

The Guinness family is an extensive Irish family known for its accomplishments in brewing, banking, politics, and religious ministry. The brewing branch is particularly well known among the general public for producing the dry stout Guinness Beer.[2] The founder of the dynasty, Arthur Guinness, is confirmed to have had McCartan origins.[3] Beginning in the late 18th century, they became a prominent part of what is known in Ireland as 'the Ascendancy'.[4][additional citation(s) needed]

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 Richard's son Robert Rundell Guinness who founded Guinness Mahon in 1836.[5]

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  1. ^ Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1899). Armorial Families: A Directory of Some Gentlemen of Coat-armour, Showing which Arms in Use at the Moment are Borne by Legal Authority. T.C. & E.C. Jack. p. 363. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Herald" article, 2009
  3. ^ Guinness origins begin to settle
  4. ^ Essay by 2nd Lord Moyne, The Times 20 November 1959; (Online text in Eugenics Review, April 1960)
  5. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. pp. 2066–2067. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Box, Joan Fisher (1978). R. A. Fisher: The Life of a Scientist. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-471-09300-9.
  7. ^ a b c d Box, Joan Fisher (1978). R. A. Fisher: The Life of a Scientist. John Wiley & Sons. p. Plate 11. ISBN 0-471-09300-9.

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)
  • Mullally, Frederic. The Silver Salver: The Story of the Guinness Family (Granada, 1981)
  • 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
  • Smith, R. Guinness Down Under; the famous brew and the family come to Australia and New Zealand (Eyeglass Press, Tauranga 2018). ISBN 978-0-473-40842-8

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