Guinness family

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For other uses, see Guinness (disambiguation).

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] From the late 18th century, they prospered in Dublin and then in Britain.

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.[3]

Prominent members

Brewing line

Earls of Iveagh

Lords Moyne

Banking line

Religious and political lines

Possible connection

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.


See also

Further reading

  • 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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