The Crests of Guinness and Lee
The crests as engraved upon the rim of this George III Sterling Silver Mounted
Coconut Cup dates probably to latter years of the king's reign by an unknown
silversmith/manufacturer are those of the families of Guinness and Lee.
They may be blazoned as follows:
(Dexter) A boar passant quarterly or and gules (for Guinness)
(Sinister) On a pillar proper encircled by a ducal coronet or an eagle
preying on a bird's leg erased also proper (for Lee)
Given the date of the presumed manufacture of this coconut cup with the dual crests
of Guinness and Lee, it was probably commissioned and in the possession of
Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness (born 1st November 1798 died 19th May 1868), the 1st
Baronet of Ashford in the County of Galway and St. Stephen's Green in the County of Dublin.
Sir Benjamin's father, Arthur Guinness, married Anne Lee, the eldest daughter and co-heiress of Benjamin Lee,
of Merrion in the County of Dublin on the 24th February 1837,
hence the use of the Lee crest shown here in combination with that of Guinness.
If the cup was not commissioned directly by Sir Benjamin
it was certainly commissioned by a descendant of the Guinness Lee marriage.
Sir Benjamin was both a Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for the County of
Dublin. He also served as the Member of Parliament for the City of Dublin between
1865 and 1868, the year of his death. He married his cousin, Elizabeth Guinness, the
third daughter of Edward Guinness, of Dublin and his wife, Margaret Blair. On Sir
Benjamin's death, his eldest son, Arthur Edward Guinness became the 2nd Baronet of
Ashford and St. Stephens Green. Sir Arthur was created Baron Ardilaun, of Ashford in the County of
Galway within the Peerage of the United Kingdom on the 1st May 1880. This
peerage fell into extinction for the want of a male heir on the 20th January 1915. The
United Kingdom Baronetcy (of
Ashford and St Stephen's Green) was inherited by Lord Ardilaun's nephew,
Algernon Arthur St Lawrence Lee Guinness, who became the 3rd Baronet.
Heraldry by John Tunesi of Liongam
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