Rupert Guinness KG CG CMG
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Rupert Edward Cecil Lee Guinness KG CG CMG (1874 - 1967)

Lord Rupert Edward Cecil Lee "2nd Earl of Iveagh" Guinness KG CG CMG
Born in London, England, United Kingdommap
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Husband of — married 8 Oct 1903 in St. Margaret's, Westminster, Middlesex, Englandmap
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Died at age 93 in Woking, Surrey, England, United Kingdommap
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Rupert was born on 29 March 1874. He was the son of Edward Guinness 1st Earl of Iveagh and Adelaide Guinness.

He was educated at Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire, England and at Trinity College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.

ENTERED: Michs. 1896
BORN: 29 Mar 1874
MORE INFORMATION: Adm. pens. at TRINITY, June 30, 1896. S. of Edward [1st] Baron Iveagh, of 5, Grosvenor Place, London [and of Iveagh, Co. Down]. B. Mar. 29, 1874, in London. School, Eton. Matric. Michs. 1896. Won Diamond sculls at Henley, 1895; Diamond and Wingfield sculls, 1896.

He served in the South African War, with Irish Hospital, 1900; mentioned in despatches.

He married Lady Gwendolen Florence Mary Onslow (daughter of William Hillier Onslow, 4th Earl of Onslow and Hon. Florence Coulston Gardner) on 8 October 1903.

They had 5 children.

He was awarded the C.M.G. in 1901 and the C.B. in 1911.

Residence 1911: Living with his wife Gwendolen and daughter Honor in Pyrford, Pyrford Woking, Surrey, England.

Rupert was D.L. for Surrey, Suffolk and Essex. He was M.P. for Shoreditch, 1908-10; for E. Essex, 1912-18, and for Southend-on-Sea, 1918-27. He was a Lieutenant of the City of London, 1910-40.

He served in the Great War (1914-19) (Capt., R.N.V.R.). A.D.C. to H.M. the King, 1916-19.

Succeeded as 2nd Earl of Iveagh in 1927.

Chancellor of Dublin University, 1927. Hon. LL.D., Dublin, 1928. Chairman of Arthur Guinness, Son and Co. Of Elveden Hall, Suffolk, in 1943.

Rupert passed away in 1967.


St Andrew and St Patrick Churchyard, Elveden, Forest Heath District, Suffolk, England[1]



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He was married to Gwendolen Onslow, (daughter of the William Onslow, 4th Earl of Onslow) who succeeded him as Member of Parliament for Southend-on-Sea. Their son Arthur (1912–45) married Lady Elizabeth Hare, a daughter of the 4th Earl of Listowel, in 1936. Arthur was killed in action in 1945. They had two children, Benjamin, who became the third earl, and Henrietta (1942-1978).[2] The couple's eldest daughter, Lady Honor Guinness, married the Conservative politician and diarist Sir Henry 'Chips' Channon in 1933. Henry Channon succeeded Gwendolen Guinness as MP for Southend in 1935. In 1938 Lady Florence Guinness married Alan Lennox-Boyd, then an MP but later 1st Viscount Boyd of Merton. Another daughter, Lady Brigid, married the ci-devant Prince Frederick of Prussia in 1945. Rowing[edit] Rupert Guinness began rowing at Eton; he won the School Sculls 1892 and was part of the Eton eight which won the Ladies' Challenge Plate at Henley Royal Regatta in 1893. At Cambridge, he joined Third Trinity Boat Club but, according to Vanity Fair's pen picture of him, "had the bad luck to develop a weakness of heart, which kept him from his place in the Cambridge eight."[3] While an undergraduate, he joined Thames Rowing Club to have a London base to train with Bill East, the 1891 English professional sculling champion.[4] He also joined Leander Club. Helped by coaching from East, he became a successful sculler, winning the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley in 1895 and 1896,[5] and the Wingfield Sculls,[6] for the amateur sculling championship of the Thames and Great Britain, in 1896. The sculling boat in which he did so now hangs in the River & Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames. He was President of Thames RC from 1911 until his death and was also the first President of the Remenham Club, from 1914 until 1938.[7] Rupert Edward Cecil Lee Guinness, established S.C.A.R.P.A. the footwear company, an acronym for Calzaturieri Asolani Riuniti Pedemontana Anonima (Association of Footwear Manufacturers from the mountain area of Asolo). Incidentally, it was during his management that the very first edition of the Guinness Book of World Records was released in 1955.[8] References[edit]

Jump up ^ Venn, J.; Venn, J. A., eds. (1922–1958). "Guinness, the Hon. Rupert Edward Cecil Lee, Viscount Elveden". Alumni Cantabrigienses (10 vols) (online ed.). Cambridge University Press. Jump up ^ Sarasota Herald-Tribune - May 8, 1978,3417288 |url= missing title (help). Jump up ^ "The Rowers of Vanity Fair - Guinness, Rupert Edward Cecil Lee (Lord Iveagh)". Retrieved 2012-01-25. Jump up ^ Page, Geoffrey (1991). Hear The Boat Sing. Kingswood Press. ISBN 0-413-65410-9. Jump up ^ "Henley Royal Regatta Results of Final Races 1839-1939". Retrieved 2012-01-25. Jump up ^ "Wingfield Sculls Record of Races". 1933-11-08. Retrieved 2012-01-25. Jump up ^ "Honours board at Remenham Club". Retrieved 2012-01-25. Jump up ^ "1930 to 1949". Scarpa. Retrieved 2012-01-25.

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