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The Guinness Brewery - Dublin Ireland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Windsocker
N 53° 20.508 W 006° 17.174
29U E 680661 N 5913727
Quick Description: Arthur Guinness founded the Brewery in Dublin City in 1759
Location: Ireland
Date Posted: 2/24/2008 5:22:14 AM
Waymark Code: WM37ZQ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member snoopyandmickey
Views: 118

Long Description:
Arthur Guinness was born in 1725 near Dublin in the town of Celbridge, county Kildare where his father, Richard Guinness, was a Land Steward. Part of Richard's duties were to supervise the brewing of beer for the workers on the estate and it is probable that this is were young Arthur first learnt the art of brewing from his father. The brewing industry in Dublin at that date was suffering because English beer was taxed less severely than the home-produced product. Arthur was not, however, deterred. He decided to acquire what was then a small, disused and ill-equipped brewery at St James's Gate.

The lease, signed on 31 December 1759, was for 9000 years at an annual rent of £45. To start with, Arthur brewed ale, but by the 1770s a new drink, a strong black beer called porter, was being exported from London. Arthur decided to brew this new beer himself. He proved extremely successful and right into his seventies Arthur continued to be active in supervising his business at the Brewery, now assisted by three of his sons. Arthur had married an heiress, Olivia Whitmore, and had 21 children, 10 of whom survived into adulthood. When he died in 1803, he left a considerable personal fortune of about £23,000 and an extremely flourishing business which later generations of his family were to develop, following the example of initiative and enterprise set by its founder.
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St James Gate
Dublin, Co Dublin Ireland
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