Saturday, September 26, 2009

About Arthur Guinness

Just celebrated Arthur’s Day with the Black Eyed Peas in Sunway Lagoon Resort, Subang Jaya yesterday.

Read all about Arthur Guinness, the man whose genius is honoured on Arthur’s Day, the day he founded the world famous stout brand which carries his family name.

From Wikipedia.

Arthur Guinness (1725 – January 23, 1803) was an Irish brewer and the founder of the Guinness brewery business and family.

At 27, in 1752, Guinness' godfather Arthur Price, Archbishop of Cashel, bequeathed him £100 in his will.

Guinness invested the money and in 1755 had a brewery at Leixlip, just 17km from Dublin.

In 1759, Guinness went to the city and set up his own business.

He got a 9,000 year lease on the four-acre brewery at St. James' Gate from Mark Rainsford for an annual rent of £45.

In 1761 he married Olivia Whitmore in Dublin, and they had 21 children, 10 of whom lived to adulthood.

Three of his sons were also brewers, and his other descendants eventually included missionaries, politicians and authors.

He was buried in his mother's family plot at Oughter Ard in County Kildare in 1803.

Guinness also established the Arthur Guinness Fund to empower individuals with skills and opportunities to deliver a measured benefit to their communities.