Bryan Walter Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne

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Bryan Walter Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne

Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Biddesden, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Cause of death: Heart attack
Place of Burial: Ludgershall, Wiltshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Walter Guinness, 1st Baron Moyne and Evelyn Hilda Stuart Guinness (Erskine)
Husband of Elisabeth Moyne
Ex-husband of Diana Mitford, The Hon. Lady Mosley
Father of Jonathan Guinness, 3rd Lord Moyne; <private> Guinness; Private User; Diarmid Edward Guinness; Private User and 6 others
Brother of <private> Phipps (Guinness) and Murtogh Guinness

Occupation: Poet and Novelist, 2nd Baron Moyne
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About Bryan Walter Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne

Bryan Walter Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne, was a lawyer, poet and novelist. He married Diana Mitford, but later divorced her.

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

In 1929, he married the Hon. Diana Mitford, one of the Mitford sisters, and had two sons with her. 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. Bryan remarried happily in 1936 to Elisabeth Nelson, with whom he would have nine children.

In 1944, while serving his country as a liaison officer, Bryan 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 well as various trusts and artistic committees in Ireland. He wrote a number of critically applauded novels, memoirs, books of poetry, and plays.

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

His works:

Plays: The Fragrant Concubine, A Tragedy (1938); A Riverside Charade (1954)

Children's books: The Story of Johnny and Jemima (1936); The Children of the Desert (1947); The Animal’s Breakfast (1950); Catriona and the Grasshopper (1957); Priscilla and the Prawn (1960); The Girl with the Flower (1966).

Poetry: Twenty-three Poems (1931); Under the eyelid (1935); Reflexions (1947); Collected Poems (1956); The Rose in the Tree (1964); The Clock (1973); On a Ledge (1992).

Novels: Singing Out of Tune (1933); Landscape with Figures (1934); A Week by the Sea (1936); Lady Crushwell’s Companion (1938); A Fugue of Cinderellas (1956); Leo and Rosabelle (1961); The Giant’s Eye (1964); The Engagement (1969); Hellenic Flirtation (1978)

Memoirs: Potpourri (1982); Personal Patchwork 1939-45 (1986); Dairy not kept (1988).

The Story of a Nutcracker (with Desmond McCarthy 1953).

Further reading - Gannon Charles: Cathal Gannon - The Life and Times of a Dublin Craftsman (Dublin 2006).

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October 27, 1905
London, United Kingdom
September 23, 1938
Age 32