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William Read II (1665 - bef. 1742)

William Read II
Born in Huttonread, Co. Kildare, Irelandmap [uncertain]
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before before age 77 in Oughterard, County Kildare, Irelandmap
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William Read, II

Research Notes

Uncertain Origin

Birth date 1665 is a guess, based on the brewing license from 1690.

Bill Yenne, who researched the family for his book, Guinness, found no evidence for Elizabeth Read as Arthur Guinness' mother's name, nor for Richard Guinness' origins.[1] In fact, Mike Rendell reports that Richard Guinness married Catherine Unknown, and she would have been the mother of Arthur Guinness.[2]

Following are some of the "family traditions" about the grandfather of Arthur Guinness of Guinness beer:

William was a tenant farmer of Oughterard near Ardclough north east of County Kildare.
William Read, a local farmer, started selling home-brewed ale from a roadside stall to troops en route to the battles in the Jacobite wars.
Local tradition holds that Arthur Guinness was born at the Read household in Huttonread, where his mother returned to her childhood home, in the tradition of the time, to give birth.


This profile reports a marriage of William to Catherine Unknown, without source. It also reports children, without source.

Children, without source:

  1. James Read d 1744
  2. Mary (Read) Clarke d 1766
  3. Richard Read d 1752
  4. William Read III b 1683, d 1733
  5. Elizabeth Read b 1698, d August 18, 1742; mar Richard Guinness, father of Arthur Guinness (1724/5 - Jan 25, 1803)[2]

Death and Legacy

He held a brewing license from 1690, and died some time before 1742.[citation needed]


  1. Yenne, Bill, Guinness. accessed February 17, 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rendell, Mike, Arthur Guinness (1725 - 1803) - A Stout Fellow if Ever There Was One accessed February 17, 2015

See Also:

William Read, II
Birth: 1665 - Huttonread, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Death: Before 1742 - Oughterard, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Father: William Read
Wife: Catherine Read
Children: Elizabeth Guinness, William Read, III, James Read, Richard Read, Mary Clarke

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Was not able to find any credible sources for this as the grandfather of Arthur Guinness, of Guinness beer. In fact, Bill Yenne (author of the book Guinness) says he found no name for the mother of Arthur Guinness and no origin information on his father, Richard Guinness.

Anyone know anything different?

posted by Cynthia (Billups) B

Rejected matches › William Francis Read (abt.1855-)

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