Tributes as countess dies aged 70

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TRIBUTES have been paid to the Countess of Iveagh, who has died aged 70.

Miranda Guinness is the mother of the fourth Earl of Iveagh, who owns the 22,000 acre Elveden Estate.

The estate has been the home of the Guinness family since the 1890s and those who worked there have fond memories of Lady Iveagh.

Former shepherd Michael Brunning had known her since she married Arthur Francis Benjamin Guinness, the third Earl of Iveagh, in 1963.

Mr Brunning, 73, who still lives on the estate, said: “She was a farmer’s daughter and everytime she came to Elveden they used to go around the farm.

“Being a country girl, she was always interested in the sheep

“No-one had a bad word to say about her.

“She was a very interesting and pleasant lady.

“She would always call me Mike and ask me about my father. She was a lovely woman and treated everybody the same.”

Lady Iveagh and her husband, who was chairman of Guinness from 1961 to 1986, lived on a 78 acre estate in Dublin.

He died in 1992.

In 1996, she bought a home in Wiltshire, which she spent six years renovating before moving in.

For her work on the home, she was awarded the Building Conservation section of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors International Building Awards.

She died in Wiltshire following a long illness.

Lady Iveagh will be interred at Elveden.

She leaves two sons, two daughters and nine grandchildren.