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Bryan Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne

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Name  Bryan 2nd

Role  Poet
Bryan Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne Bryan amp Diana Guinness Style Icon Diana Mitford

Died  July 6, 1992, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Spouse  Elisabeth Nelson (m. 1936), Diana Mitford (m. 1929–1933)
Books  It's Simpler Than You Think: Uncovering God's Will for Your Life
Children  Jonathan Guinness, 3rd Baron Moyne
Education  Christ Church, Oxford, Eton College, Heatherdown School
Similar People  Diana Mitford, Jonathan Guinness - 3rd Baron, Desmond Guinness, David Freeman‑Mitford - 2nd Baro, Oswald Mosley

Bryan Walter Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne (27 October 1905 – 6 July 1992), was an heir to part of the Guinness family brewing fortune, lawyer, poet and novelist. He married Diana Mitford, but later divorced her.


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He was born to Walter Edward Guinness (created 1st Baron Moyne in 1932), son of Edward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, and Lady Evelyn Stuart Erskine, daughter of the 14th Earl of Buchan. He attended Heatherdown School, near Ascot in Berkshire, followed by Eton College (also in Berkshire), and Christ Church, Oxford, and was called to the bar in 1931.

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As an heir to the Guinness brewing fortune and a handsome, charming young man, Bryan was an eligible bachelor. One of London's "Bright Young Things", he was an organiser of the 1929 "Bruno Hat" hoax art exhibition, held at his home in London. Also in 1929 he married the Hon. Diana Mitford, one of the Mitford sisters, and had two sons with her: Jonathan and Desmond. The couple became leaders of the London artistic and social scene and were dedicatees of Evelyn Waugh's second novel Vile Bodies. However, they divorced in 1933, after Diana deserted him for British fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley.

Guinness remarried happily in 1936 to Elisabeth Nelson (1912–1999), of the Nelson publishing family, with whom he would have nine children.

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  • Rosaleen (b. 1937) married Sudhir Mulji.
  • Diarmid, (b. 1938, d. 1977) married Felicity, daughter of Sir Andrew Carnwath.
  • Fiona Evelyn (b. 1940)
  • Finn (b. 1945) married Mary Price.
  • Kieran (b. 1949) married Vivienne Halban.
  • Thomasin (b. 1947)
  • Catriona (b. 1950)
  • Erskine (b. 1953) married Louise Dillon-Malone
  • Mirabel (b. 1956) married Patrick Helme
  • Public life

    During World War II Guinness served for three years in the Middle East with the Spears Mission to the Free French, being a fluent French speaker, with the rank of Major. Then in November 1944 Guinness succeeded to the barony when his father, posted abroad as Resident Minister in the Middle East by his friend Winston Churchill, was assassinated in Cairo.

    After the war, Lord Moyne served on the board of the Guinness corporation as vice-chairman in 1947-79, as well as the Guinness Trust and the Iveagh Trust, sitting as a crossbencher in the House of Lords. He served for 35 years as a trustee of the National Gallery of Ireland and donated several works to the gallery. He wrote a number of critically applauded novels, memoirs, books of poetry, and plays. With Frank Pakenham he sought the return of the "Lane Bequest" to Dublin, resulting in the 1959 compromise agreement. He was invested as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

    Lord Moyne died in 1992 at Biddesden, his home in Wiltshire, and was succeeded by his eldest son Jonathan.


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