Henry Grattan Guinness

Henry Grattan Guinness

Henry Grattan Guinness D. D. (11 August 1835 – 21 June 1910) was an Irish Protestant Christian preacher, evangelist and author. He was the great evangelist of the Evangelical Awakening and preached during the Ulster Revival of 1859 which drew thousands to hear him. He was responsible for training and sending hundreds of "faith missionaries" all over the world.

Irish roots

Guinness was born in Kingstown In Taney, Dublin, Ireland. He was the grandson of Arthur Guinness and Olivia Whitmore. His parents were John Grattan Guinness and Jane Lucretia D'Esterre. Henry began preaching in 1855 but was bitterly opposed by the Roman Catholic Church. He married Fanny E. Fitzgerald in 1860.

The Daily Express wrote in 1858:cquote|Mr. Guinness preached yesterday in York Street Chapel. The attendance was greater than on any former occasion. In the evening it amounted to 1600, and if there were a place large enough, five times the number would have been present, to hear this highly gifted preacher. The interest which he has excited has daily increased and probably will continue to do so, during his labours in Dublin. An enormous crowd pressed for admittance. Judges, members of Parliament, orators, Fellows of College, lights of the various professions, the rank and fashion of the metropolis have been drawn out. Among them the Lord Lieutenant, the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Justice of Appeal, etc.

Work in London

He offered to join the China Inland Mission founded by James Hudson Taylor in 1865, but took Taylor's advice to continue his work in London.

In March, 1873 Henry and wife Fanny started the famous East London Missionary Training Institute (also called Harley College) at Harley House in Bromley-by-Bow, East End of London with just six students. The renowned Dr. Thomas Barnardo was co-director with Dr. Guinness and greatly influenced by him. The school trained 1330 missionaries for 30 societies of 30 denominations.

Harley College became so successful it needed a larger home. In 1883, Elizabeth Hulme offered Guinness "Cliff House" near Calver, Derbyshire. Harley College was renamed Hulme Cliff College. Now known as Cliff College it continues to this day training and equipping Christians for mission and evangelism.

In 1877 Guinness founded the Livingstone Inland Mission. In 1888, the Congo-Baolo Mission, and in 1898 initiated the Regions Beyond Missionary Union.


His daughter, and later famous author, Mary Geraldine Guinness married Frederick Howard Taylor, the son of China Inland Mission founder J. Hudson Taylor. She was one of seven children who entered Christian ministry. Dr. Gershom Whitfield Guinness was a medical missionary to China who escaped the Boxer Rebellion and went on to found the first hospital in Honan south of the Yellow River.

His great-grandson Os Guinness is an active author and speaker today.


External links

* [http://www.godrules.net/library/guiness/guiness.htm "Bible Lectures"] by Henry Grattan Guinness
* "Creation Centered in Christ" by Henry Grattan Guinness [http://www.archive.org/details/creationcentredi00guinrich Vol. 1] [http://books.google.com/books?id=axoCAAAAYAAJ Vol. 2]
* [http://books.google.com/books?id=ifUOAAAAQAAJ "History Unveiling Prophecy, Or, Time as an Interpreter"] by Henry Grattan Guinness
* [http://www.archive.org/details/notuntousarecord00guinuoft "Not Unto Us": A Record of Twenty-one Years' Missionary Service] by H. Grattan Guinness
* [http://www.archive.org/details/romanismreformat00guinuoft "Romanism and the Reformation: From the Standpoint of Prophecy"] by Henry Grattan Guinness
*"The Approaching End of the Age" by Henry Grattan Guinness [http://books.google.com/books?id=Fa8CAAAAQAAJ 1878 edition] [http://books.google.com/books?id=BQsDAAAAQAAJ Second Edition 1879] [http://books.google.com/books?id=zQEDAAAAQAAJ Eighth edition 1882]
* [http://www.archive.org/details/thedivineprogram00guinuoft "The Divine Programme of the World's History"] (1892 edition) by Henry Grattan Guinness
* [http://www.historicism.com/Guinness/index.htm The H. Grattan Guinness Archives @ Historicism.com ] at www.historicism.com
* [http://cliffcollege.ac.uk Cliff College] - training Christians for mission and evangelism.


*Hudson Taylor & China’s Open Century Volume Three: If I Had a Thousand Lives; Alfred James Broomhall; Hodder and Stoughton and Overseas Missionary Fellowship, 1982
*Christ Alone - A Pictorial Presentation of Hudson Taylor's Life and Legacy; OMF International, 2005

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