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Ross McWhirter

Born: 12-Aug-1925
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 27-Nov-1975
Location of death: Enfield, Middlesex, England
Cause of death: Murder
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered)

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Co-founder, Guinness Book of World Records

Co-author, with this brother Norris McWhirter, of The Guinness Book of World Records. The book was published by the legendary beer company as a "way of settling bar bets", but it quickly became an institution of authority that nobody could have anticipated.

Ross was shot and killed outside his home after he offered a reward of 50,000 for information leading to the arrest of IRA bombers. The men responsible, Martin O'Connell, Edward Butler, Harry Duggan, and Hugh Doherty were arrested a fortnight later, and sentenced to life imprisonment. They were freed under the amnesty specified in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

After Ross's death, Norris continued to edit the book into the 1980's.

Brother: Norris McWhirter (twin, co-founder)
Wife: Rosemary
Son: Iain
Son: James


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