At 10:55 PM 5/12/97 EDT, Bruce wrote:
>Guinness began as an Irish brewing family who produced the dark, creamy
>stout of the same name. According to sources, In 1752 Arthur Guinness
>(1725-1803) inherited 100 pounds and used it to set up a brewery in
>Leixlip, County Kildare, which was moved to Dublin in 1759. The business
>grew quite well under his son Arthur (1767-1855) and under Arthur's son
>Benjamin (1798-1868), who developed an export market in the US and
>Europe. In the 1980s, the family interest in the business declined to no
>more than 5% as the company expanded by taking over other large and
>established firms such as Bells in 1985 and Distillers in 1986 (the
>takeover of the latter led to a trial 1990). As to who owns the
>controlling interest now ... I don't know.
>Bruce L. Jones
>The Mojave Desert - The Geographic Center of Nowhere
This is probably a touchy subject for a lot of people, and no doubt displays
my ignorance, but was dear old Arthur Protestant or Catholic? The ref to
inheritance of 100 pounds as well as his ability to start a successful
company in the middle of the Penal Laws would suggest to me that he was not
Catholic, although I recognize that there probably were many exceptions,
Catholics who succeeded in the face of such comprehensive oppression. Also,
one of the posts re: the merger, which I just sort of read with one eye,
referred to the last member of the Guinness family to sit on the board as
the Earl of Iveagh (would that be the Donegal Iveagh, which of course is
nowhere near Kildare)? Were they 'Earls' to begin with, or did their
subsequent wealth enable them to marry into nobility (sorry if that sounds
jaded or elitist - just going with historical patterns)? I'm just curious.
If this merger in any way diminishes the quality of the nectar of the Gods
(second only to Coca-Cola, as far as I'm concerned), it will most
emphatically lead to ill-feeling and perhaps ill-manners as well.
his amplius fili mi ne requiras faciendi plures libros nullus est finis
frequensque meditatio carnis adflictio est.