Catherine Marian Richardson

21/07/1819 — 11/02/1891
A brief biography

Catherine Marian Richardson

Daughter of Christopher Rowland Richardson and Martha Ann Humphreys. .

Born in Rungpore, West Bengal, India in 1819, the fifty-ninth year of the reign of King George III, and died aged seventy-one in the fifty-fourth year of the reign of Queen Victoria  She has 124 direct descendants in the family.


Catherine Marian Richardson was born on 21 July 1819 in West Bengal, India, her father, Christopher Rowland Richardson, was 34, and her mother, Martha, was 29. She married Francis Hart Vicesimus Guinness on 16 November 1844 in Patna, Bihar, India. They had seven children in 18 years. She died on 11 February 1891 in Christchurch, Canterbury, at the age of 71, and was buried in Linwood, Canterbury.

Mrs Catherine Marian "Minnie" Guinness formerly Richardson
Born 21 Jul 1819 in Rungpore, West Bengal, India

Daughter of Christopher Rowland Richardson Sr. and Martha Ann (Humphreys) Richardson
Sister of Jane Elizabeth Richardson, Martha Anne Charlotte Richardson, Henrietta Nelson (Richardson) Postlethwaite, Martha Anne Frances Richardson, Clara Harriett Richardson, Clephane Louis Richardson, Christopher Rowland Richardson Jun. and Louise James Rowland Richardson
Wife of Francis Hart Vicesimus Guinness JP — married 1844 in Patna India.

Opposite: A miniature of the young Catherine (private collection)


Mother of Arthur Robert Guinness KCB KOMG, Edwin Rowland Guinness Sen., John Clephane Guinness, Frank Hart Guinness Sen., Catherine Mary (Guinness) Richardson, Benjamin Michael Valentine Guinness and Emily Jane (Guinness) Campbell

marriage :Patna India

Catherine Marian Richardson married Frank Vicimus Hart Guinness in Patna

She meet and married Francis (Frank) Vicimus Hart Guinness , the son of Rev Hosea Guinness , the eldest son of Arthur Guinness the Irish brewer.

He left Ireland as a young man and settled briefly in Kumtowl Tirhoot ,Patna, India,where he worked at Christopher Rowland Richardson's Indigo production facility, this is where he met and married Catherine Marian Richardson on 16 November 1844, the daughter of Christopher Rowland Richardson.The couple left India for better prospects in New Zealand. They departed Calcutta on 15th Jan 1852 on the schooner Joseph Manook, via Perth and Adelaide. The departed Adelaide to Melbourne on the Athenian, where they stayed for 10 weeks before the final leg of the voyage on the Tory to Lyttleton New Zealand. Frank secured land rights in NZ, but farming was not his forte, He became a farm equipment merchant , police inspector , JP and magistrate.They had seven children in 18 years. He died on 18 July 1891 in Wellington at the age of 71, and was buried in Linwood, Canterbury with this wife Catherine and son Benjamin.


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