Benjamin Guinness, 3rd Earl of Iveagh

Not to be confused with Benjamin Guinness.

The Rt. Hon. (Arthur Francis) Benjamin Guinness, 3rd Earl of Iveagh (20 May 1937 1992), styled Viscount Elveden between 1945 and 1967, was an Irish businessman and politician.

Lord Iveagh (often popularly known as Benjamin Iveagh) was born into the Anglo-Irish Guinness family, being the son of Arthur Onslow Edward Guinness, Viscount Elveden, and Elizabeth Cecilia Hare. He was educated at Eton College, Trinity College, Cambridge, and the University of Grenoble.[1] He inherited the title from his grandfather, The 2nd Earl of Iveagh, in September 1967.[2] He lived at Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park in Dublin and was chairman of Guinness 19611992. He was a trustee of two charitable housing associations, the Iveagh Trust in Dublin and the Guinness Trust in London.

Uniquely at the time, he was a member of two upper houses simultaneously. He was in the British House of Lords in 196792, and was appointed an Irish Senator by Liam Cosgrave in 197377.

Lord Iveagh married Miranda Daphne Jane Smiley, daughter of Major Michael Smiley, of Castle Fraser, Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, on 12 March 1963. They had four children, but were divorced in 1984. Lord Iveagh died of cancer in Kensington and Chelsea,[3] London, in 1992 at the age of 55. His son Ned Guinness, Viscount Elveden, succeeded to the title.



  1. Prokesch, Steven (20 June 1992). "Lord Iveagh, Guinness Chairman In a Troubled Time, Is Dead at 55". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  2. His father was killed by a V-2 rocket while on active service in Belgium.
  3. Deaths England and Wales 1984-2006

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Rupert Edward Cecil Guinness
Earl of Iveagh
Succeeded by
Arthur Edward Rory Guinness
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