Guinness origins begin to settle

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The origins of a pint of Guinness appear to be much humbler than the man who gave the world "the black stuff" wanted us to think.

Recent testing by Trinity College Dublin of Guinness family DNA has shown that Arthur Guinness's claims of being a descendant of the Magennis chieftains of Iveagh, County Down, were nothing more than aspirational.

Despite this, when he married in 1761, he is even said to have had a silver cup engraved with the Magennis crest, which features the red hand of Ulster, a lion and a boar.

The research, featured in a new book, has shown that the family tree of the man, whose name still appears on kegs and pint glasses across the globe, actually stems from another County Down clan, the less revered and wealthy McCartans.

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