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02.2008

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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The ROOT of GUINNESS' FAMILY'S ORIGINS

Article By: MBB

SOMETIMES IT'S BETTER to let sleeping dogs lie - as the fifth generation of the Irish brewing family of Arthur Guinness found out when DNA tests were carried out to determine the family origins. Now the roots of Ireland's greatest family tree - the Guinness brewing dynasty - have been exposed. DNA tests carried out on the family's male Y chromosome in Trinity College Dublin at the request of the family, revealed that brewery founder Arthur Guinness's claim that he was a descendent of the Magennis chieftains was wrong, and that the family sprang from the subsidiary McCartan clan. The discovery takes a hammer to Arthur Guinness's reinvention of himself as a man who revived the fortunes of his aristocratic family. The Guinness founder's act of social climbing is said to have come as a surprise to Patrick Guinness - the five times great grandson of Arthur and father of the supermodel Jasmine Guinness - who has recently written a biography on the St James's Gate brewer.

The book, entitled arthur's round: the life and times of brewing legend arthur guinness, has publicized details of the tests for the first time and has detailed the life and times of the world's most famous brewery owner which, until now, has remained very much unknown. The book explains that where Arthur's genuine ancestors, the McCartans, once lived is a small village called Guiness or Ginnies. The Guinness family is so widespread in England and Ireland and has so many titles that it is sometimes referred to as 'The Beerage'.

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