Gwendolen Florence Mary Guinness (Onslow), Countess of Iveagh

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Gwendolen Florence Mary Guinness (Onslow), Countess of Iveagh

Birthplace: Government House, Wellington, New Zealand (?)
Death: Died
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Daughter of William Hillier Onslow, 4th Earl of Onslow and Florence Coulston Onslow (Gardner), Countess of Onslow
Wife of Rupert Guinness, 2nd Earl of Iveagh
Mother of Lady Honor Svejdar; Arthur Guinness, Viscount Elveden; Patricia Florence Susan Lennox-Boyd, Viscountess Boyd of Merton; <private> Ness (Guinness) and Richard Guinness
Sister of Richard Onslow, 5th Earl of Onslow, GBE and Dorothy Evelyn Augusta Wood (Onslow), Countess of Halifax

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About Gwendolen Florence Mary Guinness (Onslow), Countess of Iveagh

Lady Gwendolen Florence Mary Onslow was the daughter of William Hillier Onslow, 4th Earl of Onslow and Hon. Florence Coulston Gardner.3 She married Rupert Edward Cecil Lee Guinness, 2nd Earl of Iveagh, son of Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh and Adelaide Maria Guinness, on 8 October 1903.3 She died on 16 February 1966.

    From 8 October 1903, her married name became Guinness. She was invested as a Commander, Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in 1920.3 She held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) (Conservative) for Southend-on-Sea between 1927 and 1935.3 As a result of her marriage, Lady Gwendolen Florence Mary Onslow was styled as Countess of Iveagh on 7 October 1927.

http://thepeerage.com/p10375.htm

-------------------- Gwendolen Florence Mary Guinness, Countess of Iveagh - known as Gwenny - (22 July 1881 – 16 February 1966) was a Conservative politician in the United Kingdom, and by marriage a member of the Anglo-Irish Guinness brewing family.

She was the daughter of William Hillier Onslow, 4th Earl of Onslow (1853–1911) and Florence Coulston Onslow née Gardner (1853–1934).

She was married to the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Southend, Rupert Guinness, 2nd Earl of Iveagh. In 1927, he ceased to be an MP when he succeeded to his father's earldom. The Countess of Iveagh, as Gwendolen Guinness was now known, won the Southend by-election on 19 November 1927 to replace her husband as MP. She served until her retirement at the 1935 general election.

When she retired in 1935 she was succeeded as MP by her eldest daughter's husband, Henry "Chips" Channon.

In 1956 she presented her Surrey childhood home, Clandon Park, to the National Trust.

References

Martin Pugh, "Guinness , Gwendolen Florence Mary, countess of Iveagh (1881–1966)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 27 May 2007

Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page

Parliament of the United Kingdom

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Viscount Elveden Member of Parliament for Southend

1927–1935 Succeeded by Henry Channon



      
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Gwendolen Florence Mary Guinness (Onslow), Countess of Iveagh's Timeline

1881
July 22, 1881
Government House, Wellington, New Zealand (?)
August 20, 1881
Chapel Royal, Whitehall, Westminster, Middlesex, England (?)
1903
October 8, 1903
Age 22
St. Margaret's, Westminster, Middlesex, England
1906
October 15, 1906
Age 25
1909
1909
Age 27
1912
May 8, 1912
Age 30
London, United Kingdom
1918
January 3, 1918
Age 36
1920
July 30, 1920
Age 39
London, Middlesex, England
1966
February 16, 1966
Age 84
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St Andrew and St Patrick Churchyard, Elveden, Suffolk, England