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Arthur Guinness 1725-1803

Born in Celbridge, County Kildare. He set up his famous brewery in Dublin in 1759. He brewed porter for the first time in 1778. Porter contains roasted barley and gained its name from the London porters who first drank it. Guinness concentrated on brewing porter from 1799 onwards and his brewery became the biggest porter and stout brewery in the world. He opposed the United Irishmen Rebellion of 1798 and marketed his brew as Guinness’s Black Protestant Porter. The drink was boycotted by Catholics but in time the dispute was settled. He was buried in Oughterard cemetery in a vault beside the ruins of a hilltop round tower near Kill, Co Kildare.