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 Anglo-Irish family noted 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]

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.

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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