God and H.G. Guinness
Henry Grattan Guinness stated: “It is, I trust, temperance, in the Bible sense — that is, the government of the passions — which is leading to the careful abstinence from intoxicating drinks; they avoid them as temptations by which the inhabitants of this province have been led into terrible evils; and this revival has cured many drunkards, who have stood out against all temperance societies.”
(Henry G. Guinness, 1860, The Revival In Ireland)
- Henry’s grandfather Arthur Guinness started the Guinness brewery.
- Henry’s step-brother John Grattan II Guinness was dismissed by the brewery for “drunkenness and mixing in degrading company.”
- But Henry himself endorsed abstinence from alcohol. He was delighted by the evangelical revival God brought to Ireland.