Guinness Brewery, Dublin, employee records now available at FindMyPast

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19 March 2021
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Guinness sign at St James Gate Brewery, Dublin
If your ancestor was one of the thousands who have worked at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin over the years, you might well find their employee details in a new collection on FindMyPast.

Guinness Brewery employee records

Arthur Guinness established his brewery at St James's Gate, Dublin in 1759 by signing a now-defunct 9,000-year lease for £45 a year. Since then, thousands of Dubliners have worked at the famous landmark. If your relatives were among them, this collection is a must-search, with occupations, birth and death dates, spouse names and more.

A history of the Guinness Brewery

Arthur Guinness began brewing his ales in 1759 at his Dublin brewery in St James' Gate. He signed a 9,000 year lease at £45 per annum, exporting his first ale ten years later, in 1769. Guinness porter was first sold in 1778, and only three types of beer form the mainstay of the product line.

Sales went from strength to strength in the 1860s, over doubling production and in 1886 the company went public. The company was valued at £6 million and shares were 20 times oversubscribed.

The brewery became known for their stringent quality control, and generous welfare packages for employees (costing a fifth of the total wage bill in 1907). By 1914, Guinness supplied more than 10 percent of the UK beer market, more than double that of their nearest competitor.

The Guinness Archive preserves historical records of the Dublin Guinness Brewery from 1759 to the present day. Part of that collection includes personnel records of previous employees going back from the early 2000s to the 1880s. They hold over 20,000 files, an account of around 80% of all employees through this period.

What can the records tell me?

The newly-added records at FindMyPast include:

  • Name
  • Occupation
  • Year of birth
  • Year joined
  • Employee identification
  • Department
  • Date left
  • Name of spouse
  • Year of death

Explore the collection at FindMyPast.