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Guinness, Henry Seymour

Guinness, Henry Seymour (1858–1945), governor of the Bank of Ireland and assistant managing director of Arthur Guinness, Son & Co. Ltd, was born 24 November 1858 in Dublin, eldest son among five sons and seven daughters of Henry Guinness (1829–93) of Burton Hall, Stillorgan, Co…

Guinness, Kenelm Lee (Bill)

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Guinness, Mariga

Guinness, Mariga (1932–89), architectural conservationist and socialite, was born Hermione Maria-Gabrielle von Urach on 21 September 1932 in London, the only daughter of Albrecht von Urach (d. 1969), a member of the royal house of Wurtemberg from Schloss-Liechtenstein in southern…

Guinness, Mary Catherine (‘May’)

Guinness, Mary Catherine (‘May’) (1863–1955), painter, was born 11 March 1863 in Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin, third among seven children and eldest of three daughters of Thomas Hosea Guinness, solicitor, of Tibradden House, Rathfarnham, and his wife Mary, only daughter and heiress of…

Guinness, Maureen Constance

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Guinness, Oonagh

Guinness, Oonagh (1910–95), socialite, was born 22 February 1910 in London, third daughter of Ernest Guinness (1876–1949), second son of the 1st earl of Iveagh (qv), and a chairman of the board of Guinness, and his wife, Marie…

Guinness, Rupert Edward Cecil Lee

Guinness, Rupert Edward Cecil Lee (1874–1967), 2nd earl of Iveagh , agriculturalist, businessman, and philanthropist, was born 29 March 1874 in London, eldest among three sons of Edward Cecil Guinness (qv), of the wealthy brewing…

Guinness, Sir Algernon Arthur St Lawrence Lee

Guinness, Sir Algernon Arthur St Lawrence Lee (1883–1954), racing driver, was born 11 May 1883, eldest son of Benjamin Lee Guinness – soldier and younger brother of Arthur Edward Lee Guinness (qv), 1st Lord Ardilaun – and Eliza…

Guinness, Sir Benjamin Lee

Guinness, Sir Benjamin Lee (1798–1868), 1st baronet, brewer, politician, and philanthropist, was born 1 November 1798 in Dublin, third son of Arthur Guinness, head of the brewing firm Arthur Guinness & Co., and his wife, Anne, eldest daughter of Benjamin Lee of Dublin.…

Guinness, Walter Edward

Guinness, Walter Edward (1880–1944), 1st Baron Moyne , soldier, politician, traveller, and anthropologist, was born 29 March 1880 in Dublin, third son of Edward Cecil Guinness (qv), 1st earl of Iveagh, and Adelaide Maria Guinness…

Gulston ('Scott'), Peter Craig

Gulston ('Scott'), Peter Craig (1931–2013), thief, variously described as the 'king of the cat burglars' and 'the human fly', was born on 18 February 1931 in Belfast, the younger of two children, to Frederick Arnott Gulston, chief commercial traveller for White, Tompkins and Courage…

Gunning, Elizabeth

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Gunning, Maria

Gunning, Maria (1732–60), afterwards countess of Coventry , society beauty, eldest of the four daughters of John Gunning of Castlecoote, Co. Roscommon, and Bridget Gunning (née Bourke), daughter of the 6th Viscount Bourke of Mayo, was born at Hemingford Grey, near St Ives,…

Guthrie, Sir (William) Tyrone

Guthrie, Sir (William) Tyrone (1900–71), theatre director, was born 2 July 1900 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, one of two children of Thomas Clement Guthrie, a young Scottish doctor, and Norah Guthrie, daughter of General Sir William Power. His great-grandfathers were Thomas Guthrie,…

Gwynn, Arthur Montagu

Gwynn, Arthur Montagu (1908–2008), medical doctor, naturalist, explorer and editor, was born 5 August 1908 in the family home, St Dymphna's, Clontarf, Dublin, second eldest of three sons and two daughters of Edward John Gwynn (qv),…

Gwynn, Aubrey Osborn

Gwynn, Aubrey Osborn (1892–1983), Jesuit priest and academic, was born 17 February 1892 at Clifton, Bristol, England, the second son among six children (four boys and two girls) of Stephen Lucius Gwynn (qv), writer and MP, and…

Gwynn, Edward John

Gwynn, Edward John (1868–1941), Celticist and provost of TCD, was born 1 April 1868 at Aughnagaddy, Ramelton, Co. Donegal, the second son of Rev. John Gwynn (qv), DD, fellow of…

Gwynn, John

Gwynn, John (1827–1917), clergyman and scholar, was born 28 August 1827 in Larne, Co. Antrim, eldest son among four sons and two daughters of the Rev. Stephen Gwynne, rector of Agherton, Co. Londonderry, and Mary Gwynne (née Stevens or Stevenson). Their mother drowned at…

Gwynn, Lucius Henry

Gwynn, Lucius Henry (1873–1902), cricketer and rugby international, was born 5 May 1873 at Ramelton, Co. Donegal, fourth of seven sons of the Very Rev. John Gwynn (qv), clergyman and author, and Lucy Josephine, eldest daughter of…

Gwynn, Stephen Lucius

Gwynn, Stephen Lucius (1864–1950), man of letters, politician, and soldier, was born 13 February 1864 at St Columba's College, Rathfarnham, Dublin, eldest child of John Gwynn (qv), warden of St Columba's and later professor of divinity at…

Gyles, Althea

Gyles, Althea (1868–1949), poet and artist, was born in Kilmurry, Co. Waterford. Her father, George Gyles, came from a well-connected Anglo-Irish family, who, according to W. B. Yeats (qv), were ‘so haughty that their neighbours…

Gywnn, Denis Rolleston

Gywnn, Denis Rolleston (1893–1971), journalist and historian, was born 6 March 1893, third son among four sons and two daughters of Stephen Lucius Gwynn (qv), writer and MP, and his wife and first cousin Mary Louise, daughter of…