Guinness family

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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,[1] the founder of the dynasty, Arthur Guinness, is believed to have had partly McCartan origins.[2] Beginning in the late 18th century, they became a prominent part of what is known in Ireland as 'the Ascendancy'.[3]

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.[4]

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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)
  • 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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