He is the son of William Read II and Catherine
A tenant farmer and freeman of Kildare
William Read, a local farmer, started selling home-brewed ale from a roadside stall in 1690 to troops en route to the battles in the Jacobite wars. Guinness was taken back to Oughterard to be buried in the Read family plot in January 1803. Local tradition holds that Guinness was born at the Read household, where his mother returned to her childhood home, in the tradition of the time, to give birth. Three prospective birth sites have been identified, imost likely at Oughterard 53°16′35″N 6°33′41″W., but also possibly at Read homesteads the adjoining townlands of Boston 53°15′58″N 6°30′21″W., Castlewarden 53°15′56″N 6°32′41″W. and Huttonread53°17′03″N 6°33′41″W. which takes its name form the Read family. , all within Oughterard parish.
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