Born: March 25, 1941
Lived: Clandeboye Estate, Bangor (BT19 1RN)
Spouse: Sheridan Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 5th Marquess of Dufferin and Ava (1964–1988)
Other name: Lindy Guinness
Parents: Thomas "Loel" Guinness, Lady Isabel Throckmorton
Grandparents: Benjamin Solomon Guinness, Bridget Henrietta Frances
Aunts: Tanis Eva Bulkeley Guinness, Meraud Michelle Wemyss Guinness
House: The Clandeboye Estate is a country estate located in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland, 12 miles (19 km) outside Belfast. Covering 2,000 acres (8.1 km2), it contains woodlands, formal and walled gardens, lawns, a lake, and 250 hectares (620 acres) of farmland. The estate is currently home to Lindy, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, widow of the last Marquess (the title being extinct).
Address: Belfast Rd, Bangor BT19 1RN, Northern Ireland (54.64236, -5.71749)
Phone: +44 28 9185 2966
Clandeboye was first settled in 1674, but the Clandeboye House of today dates from 1801, utilising a design by Robert Woodgate that incorporated elements of the previous building and was built for the politician Sir James Blackwood, 2nd Baron Dufferin and Clandeboye. In memory of his mother, Helen, Lady Dufferin (granddaughter of the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan), Lord Dufferin and Ava built the stone edifice Helen's Tower on the estate, which has since been immortalised by Tennyson in the poem of the same name. The tower has taken on an unforeseen poignancy, as an almost exact replica of it, the Ulster Tower, was built at Thiepval to honour the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division who fell at the Battle of the Somme. The estate was used for army training during the First World War, and the 36th (Ulster) Division trained beside Helen's Tower before leaving for France. The tower can be reached via the Ulster Way, a five-mile (8 km) section of which traverses the estate. The parklands familiar to visitors today were originally laid out by the 1st Marquess, who was also responsible for the addition of the banqueting hall to the house in 1898.
Who: Sheridan Frederick Terence Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 5th Marquess of Dufferin and Ava (July 9, 1938 – May 29, 1988) and Lindy Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava (born March 25, 1941)
Sheridan Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 5th Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, was a British patron of the arts. Less formally he was usually called Sheridan Dufferin. Born into an Anglo-Irish aristocratic family from Ulster, he was the youngest child and only son of The 4th Marquess of Dufferin and Ava and his wife, Maureen Guinness (daughter of The Honourable Arthur Ernest Guinness, second son of the 1st Earl of Iveagh). One of his sisters was the novelist Lady Caroline Blackwood. Named after his playwright ancestor Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Lord Dufferin was known by his father's courtesy title Earl of Ava until he succeeded his father in the marquessate in 1945, when he was only 6 years old. After Oxford he met and went into partnership with John Kasmin, and opened the Kasmin Gallery on New Bond Street, London in 1963. The Kasmin was a radical gallery for the time and showed British and American abstract and pop art. Among the artists the gallery showed were Frank Stella, Kenneth Noland, Anthony Caro and most famously of all David Hockney. The Kasmin Gallery closed in 1972, with Kasmin going on to work in partnership with other London dealers up to the 1990s. Lord Dufferin was appointed a trustee of the Wallace Collection in 1973, and was also a trustee of the National Gallery, London and continued to support up-and-coming contemporary British artists. He also helped in the making of films about the pianist Liberace and the Playboy entrepreneur Hugh Hefner, as well as backing the controversial 1976 film Sebastiane, directed by the British filmmaker Derek Jarman. He was also a sometime director of the Guinness company, being a great-grandson of Edward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh. Although he was homosexual, in 1964 Lord Dufferin married his fourth cousin Serena Belinda (Lindy) Rosemary Guinness. Their wedding was at Westminster Abbey where 1,800 guests attended, including Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon. Arthur Gore, 9th Earl of Arran, then Viscount Sudley, was the best man. Lindy wore a dress by John Cavanagh and the Dufferin and Ava shamrock tiara. Lady Dufferin was also passionate about art and together they were at centre of the trendy art scene in late 1960s London. Parties at their house in Holland Park "were legendary in the late 1960s. You would find yourself talking to Princess Margaret or Duncan Grant and Angelica Garnett, or Francis Bacon or Stephen Spender or the Queen Mother." Lord Dufferin died on 29 May 1988 from an AIDS-related illness, aged 49. He is buried at Clandeboye Cemetery. As there were no other living descendants in the direct male line from the 1st Marquess, the marquessate and the other peerages created for the 1st Marquess in the Peerage of the United Kingdom became extinct. The Barony of Dufferin and Clandeboye, the family's older title in the Peerage of Ireland, passed to a distant kinsman. Lindy is the daughter of financier Loel Guinness and his second wife, Lady Isabel (née Rutland), daughter of John Manners, 9th Duke of Rutland. Her older brother, William Loel, was born in 1939. When Lindy was 9 years old, her parents divorced; her father married Mexican beauty Gloria Rubio in 1951, and her mother married Sir Robert Throckmorton, 11th baronet two years later. She grew up in Belvoir Castle, the family seat of the Dukes of Rutland. Her father and stepmother took her to Palm Beach for the winters, where she spent time with Rubio's close friend Truman Capote. In his will, the marquess bequeathed Clandeboye and their Holland Park’s mansion to his widow. In 2009, Dufferin launched Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt, the only yoghurt producer in Northern Ireland. She also opened an art gallery, the Ava Gallery, and keeps the estate self-sufficient through various other enterprises, including a golf course and banquet hall for weddings.
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