Bryan Guinness


Bryan Guinness (Lord Moyne) was born on 27 October 1905 and went to Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, where he read Modern Languages. He was called to the English Bar in 1930. He had a lifelong interest in the arts, and among his friends were Evelyn Waugh, Henry Lamb, Jack B. Yeats and Donal O’Sullivan. From his homes at Knockmaroon in Dublin and Biddesden in Wiltshire he lent support to such enterprises as the Guinness Poetry Awards and the Wexford Opera Festival. He was Vice-Chairman of Guinness’s Brewery from 1949 to 1979, Governor of the National Gallery of Ireland, and a member of the Irish Academy of Letters. His first marriage in 1929 was to Diana Mitford, his second in 1936 to Elisabeth Nelson; and he had eleven children. He was author of twenty-one volumes of poetry, fiction, plays, children’s stories and autobiography. He died on 6 July 1992.