Thomas Loel Evelyn Bulkeley Guinness (1906 - 1988) MP

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Nicknames: "Loel"
Birthplace: London, England
Death: Died in Houston, TX, USA
Managed by: Erskine Guinness
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About Thomas Loel Evelyn Bulkeley Guinness

Group Captain Thomas Loel Evelyn Bulkeley Guinness OBE (9 June 1906 – 31 December 1988), was a British Conservative politician, Member of Parliament for Bath (1931-1945), business magnate and philanthropist. Guinness also financed the purchase of the Calypso for the famous oceanic explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

Usually known as Loel Guinness, was most well-known for his first marriage to the Honourable Joan Yarde-Buller, a daughter of the 3rd Lord Churston, who left him for Prince Aly Khan, the eldest son of the Aga Khan III. (Aly later married the actress Rita Hayworth; Princess Joan Aly Khan married 3rdly the 2nd Viscount Camrose and died as the Dowager Viscountess Camrose or Joan, Viscountess Camrose). By Joan, he had a son Patrick who would later marry his stepsister.

Raised in the United States and England, Loel Guinness was a son of Benjamin Solomon Guinness (1868-1947), a lawyer, from whom he inherited a fortune. He was descended from Samuel Guinness, a Dublin goldsmith (1727-1795), the younger brother of the Guinness brewery's founder Arthur Guinness. He was educated at Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He gained the rank of Lieutenan in the service of the Irish Guards. In 1929, after taking flying lessons, Mr. Guinness became one of the first private citizens in England to own an airplane and soon he was a member of the County of London's Auxiliary Air Force. He later served as president of Air Work Ltd., an aircraft-parts supplier, and of British United Airways.

In 1931, on his third try, Mr. Guinness was elected to Parliament from Bath and was named parliamentary private secretary to Sir Philip Sassoon, the Under Secretary for Air between 1931 and 1935. He held his seat until 1945, when the Conservatives were turned out of office by the Labor Party.

He gained the rank of Group Captain in the service of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. When World War II broke out Mr. Guinness went on active duty with the Royal Air Force. In 1940 Loel flew as a fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain, famously buying a petrol station near his aerodrome when his driving was restricted by rationing. In 1944 he became commander of a wing of the Second Tactical Air Force and by the war's end he had been mentioned in dispatches - a British military honor - five times. He was invested as a Officer, OBE in 1942. The Netherlands made him a commander of the Order of Orange Nassau and France made him an officer of the Legion of Honor and awarded him a Croix de Guerre.

Loel's second wife was Lady Isabel Manners, second daughter of the 9th Duke of Rutland, by whom he had a son, William Loel Seymour Guinness (b. 1939), and a daughter, Serena Belinda ("Lindy") (b. 1941), who married the 5th and last Marquess of Dufferin and Ava in 1964, himself the son of Maureen Guinness, one of the famous Guinness Girls. (She was middle daughter of the Hon. Ernest Guinness, himself second son of the 1st Earl of Iveagh, himself third and youngest son of Sir Benjamin Guinness).

Loel's third wife was the socialite Gloria Rubio y Alatorre who he married 1951. Her daughter, Freiien (Baroness) Dolores von Fürstenberg-Herdringen b.1936, married Patrick Benjamin Guinness (1931-1965) in 1955, son of Loel and his first wife Joan Yarde-Buller (and thus a half-brother to the present Aga Khan IV). They had issue, one son, Loel Patrick b.1957, and two daughters, Maria Alexandra b.1956 (married Foulques, Count de Quatrebarbes 1979) and Victoria Christina b.1960 (who married Philip Niarchos, son of late Greek billionaire Stavros Niarchos).

Loel Guinness died of heart disease at The Methodist Hospital in Houston. -------------------- O.B.E. Group Capt. R.A.F. of Villa Zanroc, Epalinges, Vaud

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Thomas Guinness's Timeline

1906
June 9, 1906
London, England
1927
July 4, 1927
Age 21
1931
March 10, 1931
Age 24
1936
November 24, 1936
Age 30
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
1951
1951
Age 44
1988
December 31, 1988
Age 82
Houston, TX, USA
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