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Benjamin Guinness, 3rd Earl of Iveagh

The Rt. Hon. (Arthur Francis) Benjamin Guinness, 3rd Earl of Iveagh (20 May 1937 – 1992), styled Viscount Elveden between 1945 and 1967, was an Irish businessman and politician.

Lord Iveagh (often popularly known as Benjamin Iveagh) was born into the Anglo-Irish Guinness family, being the son of Arthur Onslow Edward Guinness, Viscount Elveden, and Elizabeth Cecilia Hare. He was educated at Eton College, Trinity College, Cambridge, and the University of Grenoble.[1] He inherited the title from his grandfather, The 2nd Earl of Iveagh, in September 1967.[2] He lived at Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park in Dublin and was chairman of Guinness 1961–1992. He was a trustee of two charitable housing associations, the Iveagh Trust in Dublin and the Guinness Trust in London.

Uniquely at the time, he was a member of two upper houses simultaneously. He was in the British House of Lords in 1967–92, and was appointed an Irish Senator by Liam Cosgrave in 1973–77.

Lord Iveagh married Miranda Daphne Jane Smiley, daughter of Major Michael Smiley, of Castle Fraser, Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, on 12 March 1963. They had four children, but were divorced in 1984. Lord Iveagh died of cancer in Kensington and Chelsea,[3] London, in 1992 at the age of 55. His son Ned Guinness, Viscount Elveden, succeeded to the title.


Arms of Benjamin Guinness, 3rd Earl of Iveagh
Earl of Iveagh
A Coronet of an Earl
1st: A Boar passant quarterly Or and Gules; 2nd: On a Pillar Argent encircled by a Ducal Coronet Or an Eagle preying on a Bird's Leg erased proper
Quarterly: 1st and 4th, Per saltire Gules and Azure a Lion rampant Or on a Chief Ermine a Dexter Hand couped at the wrist of the first (Guinness); 2nd and 3rd, Argent on a Fess between three Crescents Sable a Trefoil slipped Or (Lee)
On either side a Stag Gules collared gemel and attired Or each resting a hind hoof upon an Escutcheon Vert charged with a Lion rampant Or
Spes Mea In Deo (My hope is in God)


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  2. ^ His father was killed by a V-2 rocket while on active service in Belgium.
  3. ^ Deaths England and Wales 1984-2006

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Iveagh
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Rupert Edward Cecil Guinness
Earl of Iveagh
Succeeded by
Arthur Edward Rory Guinness
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