Oonagh Guinness

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Oonagh Guinness
The Hon. Mrs. Philip Leyland Kindersley (née Oonagh Guinness).jpg
Portrait by Philip de László, 1931
Born22 February 1910
Died2 August 1995(1995-08-02) (aged 85)
Luggala, County Wicklow, Ireland
Known forSocialite, society hostess and art collector; one of the Golden Guinness Girls
Spouse(s)
Hon. Philip Kindersley (m. 1929–1936)


Miguel Ferreras (m. 1957–1965)
Children5, including Gay Kindersley, Garech Browne and Tara Browne
Parent(s)Arthur Ernest Guinness
Marie Clothilde Russell
RelativesEdward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh (grandfather)
Sir George Russell, 4th Baronet (grandfather)

Oonagh Guinness (22 February 1910 – 2 August 1995) was an Anglo-Irish socialite, society hostess and art collector, and the second wife of Dominick Browne, 4th Baron Oranmore and Browne.

Early life[edit]

She was born on 22 February 1910, the youngest of the three daughters of Arthur Ernest Guinness (1876–1949), the second son of Edward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, and his wife, Marie Clothilde Russell (1880–1953), daughter of Sir George Russell, 4th Baronet.[1] She believed that she was "the favourite of her father's three blonde and blue-eyed daughters".[2] The three Guinness sisters were celebrated as the Golden Guinness Girls of 1920s British society.[2]

Public life[edit]

Oonagh was a prominent hostess, particularly after her second divorce in 1950, when Luggala became a centre of Irish social life. "Oonagh somehow imbued Luggala with enchantment. Nobody could keep away: Dublin intelligentsia, literati, painters, actors, scholars, hangers-on, toffs, punters, poets, social hang-gliders were attracted to Luggala as to nowhere else in Ireland — perhaps even in Europe, from where many would come. And the still centre of this exultant, exuberant chaos was Oonagh."[2]

Personal life[edit]

At age 19, Oonagh was engaged to the Hon. Philip Kindersley, the second son of the banker Robert Kindersley, 1st Baron Kindersley, and her father gave her Luggala, an 18th-century hunting lodge in County Wicklow, an hour south of Dublin.[2]

In 1929, she married the Hon. Philip Kindersley, and they had two children:[2] Tessa Kindersley (died aged 14) and Gay Kindersley (1930–2011), National Hunt jockey and Jockey Club steward.[1] The marriage was dissolved in 1936.[2]

In 1936, she married Dominick Browne, 4th Baron Oranmore and Browne, and they had three children:[2] Garech Domnagh Browne (1939–2018), an unnamed son (1943–1943), and Tara Browne (1945–1966), who died in a car accident.[1] Oonagh and Dominick divorced in 1950.[1]

From 1957 to 1965, she was married to Miguel Ferreras Aciro (1927–1999), a New York dress designer.[1][2]

She died at Luggala on 2 August 1995.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Wilson, Derek. "Oonagh Guinness (1910–1995)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. OUP. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Luke, Michael (11 August 1995). "OBITUARY: Oonagh Oranmore". The Independent. Retrieved 28 November 2017.