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Bessborough, Earl of (I, 1739)

 

Creation: let. pat. 6 Oct 1739

 

Family name: Ponsonby

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Arms:

Gules a Chevron between three Combs Argent

Crest:

Out of a Ducal Coronet Azure three Arrows one in pale and two in saltire points downward entwined by a Snake proper

Supporters:

On either side a Lion reguardant proper

Motto:

Pro Rege, Lege, Grege (For the King, the law and the people)

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Brabazon [Ponsonby], 2nd Viscount Duncannon later 1st Earl of Bessborough, PC

1st son of William [Ponsonby], 1st Viscount Duncannon, by his wife Mary Moore, dau. of Hon Randal Moore, of Ardee, co. Louth (by his first wife Lady Jane Brabazon, 1st dau. of Edward [Brabazon], 2nd Earl of Meath), 5th son of Charles [Moore], 2nd Viscount Moore

born

1679

mar. (1)

Sarah Colvill (widow of Hugh Colvill;  d. 21 May 1733), dau. of John Margetson, of Sysonby, co. Leicester (by his wife Hon Alice Caulfield, 2nd dau. of William [Caulfield], 1st Viscount Charlemont), son of Most Rev James Margetson DD, Archbishop of Armagh

children by first wife

1. Hon William Ponsonby, later 2nd Earl of Bessborough

2. Rt Hon John Ponsonby, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons (b. 29 Mar 1713; d. 16 Aug 1787), mar. 22 Sep 1743 Lady Elizabeth Cavendish (d. 1796), 2nd dau. of William [Cavendish], 3rd Duke of Devonshire, by his wife Catherine Hoskins, only dau. and hrss. of John Hoskins, of Oxted, co. Surrey, and had issue:

1a. William Brabazon Ponsonby, later 1st Baron Ponsonby

2a. George Ponsonby, Member of Parliament for Insitogue 1784-1806; Lord Chancellor of Ireland 1806 (b. 4 Mar 1755; d. 1817), mar. 1781 Lady Mary Butler, dau. of Brinsley [Butler], 2nd Earl of Lanesborough, by his wife Lady Jane Rochford, sister and hrss. of George [Rochford], 2nd Earl of Belvedere, and only dau. by his second wife of Robert [Rochford], 1st Earl of Belvedere, and had issue

1a. Catherine Ponsonby (b. 2 Apr 1746; d. 30 Jan 1827), mar. 15 Dec 1763 Richard [Boyle], 2nd Earl of Shannon, and had issue

2a. Frances Ponsonby (b. 18 Feb 1757; d. 25 May 1827), mar. 13 Dec 1774 Cornelius [O'Callaghan], 1st Baron Lismore, and had issue

3. Hon Richard Ponsonby, Member of Parliament for Knocktopher 1747, Secretary to the Commissioners of Revenue (b. 2 Jul 1722)

1. Lady Sarah Ponsonby (bapt. 27 Mar 1711; d. 19 Jan 1735/6), mar. 1727 as his first wife Edward [Moore], 5th Earl of Drogheda, and had issue

2. Lady Anne Ponsonby, mar. 9 Dec 1734 Rt Hon Benjamin Burton, of Burton Hall, co. Carlow (d. bef. 17 Nov 1763), and had issue

3. Lady Elizabeth Ponsonby, mar. 23 Dec 1739 Rt Hon Sir William Fownes, 2nd Bt., of Woodstock, co. Kilkenny, and had issue

4. Lady Letitia Ponsonby (b. c. 1720; d. 9 Feb 1754), mar. 3 Nov 1742 as his first wife Harvey [Morres], 1st Viscount Mountmorres, and had issue

mar. (2)

28 Nov 1733 Elizabeth  Moore (widow of (1) Sir John King, 1st Bt., of Boyle Abbey, and (2) John [Moore], 1st Baron Moore of Tullamoore;  dsp. 17 Jul 1738), sister and cohrss. of Henry Sankey, and 1st dau. of John Sankey, of Tenelick, co. Longford, by his wife Eleanor Morgan, 3rd dau. of Robert Morgan, of Cottlestown, co. Sligo

died

4 Jul 1758

created

6 Oct 1739 Earl of Bessborough (Peerage of Ireland)

12 Jun 1749 Baron Ponsonby, of Sysonby in the County of Leicester (Peerage of Great Britain)

suc. by

son by first wife

note

Member of Parliament for Newtonards 1705-14 and for Kildare 1715-24; Capt of Grenadiers, Enniskillen Regiment 1707; Sheriff and Governor of co. Kilkenny 1713 and of co. Kildare 1714; suc. his father 17 Nov 1724 as 2nd Viscount Duncannon; Privy Councillor [I] 1727; Commissioner of the Irish Revenue 1739-44 ; Marshal of the Irish Admiralty 1751-52; a Lord Justice of Ireland 1754-55 and 1756-57; Vice Admiral of Munster 1755

 

William [Ponsonby], 2nd Earl of Bessborough, PC

born

1704

mar.

5 Jul 1739 Lady Caroline Cavendish (b. 22 May 1719; d. 20 Jan 1760), 1st dau. of William [Cavendish], 3rd Duke of Devonshire, by his wife Catherine Hoskins, only dau. and hrss. of John Hoskins, of Oxted, co. Surrey

children

1. Hon Frederick Ponsonby, later 3rd Earl of Bessborough

1. Lady Catharine Ponsonby (b. 14 Oct 1742; d. 4 Sep 1789), mar. 4 May 1763 Aubrey [Beauclerk], 5th Duke of St Albans, and had issue

2. Lady Charlotte Ponsonby (b. 29 Nov 1747; d. 13 May 1822), mar. 11 Jul 1770 as his first wife William [Fitzwilliam later Wentworth-Fitzwilliam], 4th Earl Fitzwilliam, and had issue

died

11 Mar 1793

suc. by

son

note

Member of Parliament (Whig) for Newtonards 1725-27, for co. Kilkenny 1727-58, for Derby 1742-54, for Saltash 1754-56 and for Harwich 1756-58; Privy Councillor [I] 1741; Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1741-44; a Lord of the Admiralty 1746-56 and of the Treasury 1756-59; Vice Admiral of Munster and Governor and Custos Rotulorum of co. Kilkenny 1758; Joint Postmaster-General 1759-62 and 1765-66; Privy Councillor [GB] 1765; a Trustee of the British Museum 1768-93

 

Frederick [Ponsonby], 3rd Earl of Bessborough

born

24 Jan 1758

mar.

27 Nov 1780 Lady Henrietta Frances Spencer (b. 16 Jun 1761; d. 14 Nov 1821), 2nd dau. of John [Spencer], 1st Earl Spencer, by his wife Margaret Georgiana Poyntz, 1st dau. of Rt Hon Stephen Poyntz, of Midgham, co. Berkshire

children

1. Hon John William Ponsonby, later 1st Baron Duncannon of Bessborough later 4th Earl of Bessborough

2. Maj Gen Hon Sir Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby GCMG KCB KCH, Governor of Malta (b. 6 Jul 1783; d. 11 Jan 1837), mar. 16 Mar 1825 Lady Emily Charlotte Bathurst (d. 1 Feb 1877), yst. dau. of Henry [Bathurst], 3rd Earl Bathurst, by his wife Georgina Lennox, 3rd dau. of Gen Lord George Henry Lennox (by his wife Lady Louisa Kerr, 1st dau. of William Henry [Kerr], 4th Marquess of Lothian), 2nd son of Charles [Lennox], 2nd Duke of Richmond, and had issue

3. Hon William Francis Spencer Ponsonby, later 1st Baron de Mauley

1. Lady Caroline Ponsonby (b. 13 Nov 1785; d. 26 Jan 1828), mar. 3 Jun 1805 William [Lamb], 2nd Viscount Melbourne, and had issue

died

3 Feb 1844

suc. by

son

note

Member of Parliament (Whig) for Knaresborough 1780-93; a Lord of the Admiralty 1782 and 1783

 

John William [Ponsonby], 1st Baron Duncannon of Bessborough later 4th Earl of Bessborough, PC

born

31 Aug 1781

mar.

16 Nov 1805 Lady Maria Fane (b. 11 May 1787; d. 19 Mar 1834), 3rd dau. of John [Fane], 10th Earl of Westmorland, by his first wife Sarah Anne Child, only child of Robert Child, of Osterley Park, co. Middlesex

children

1. Hon John George Brabazon Ponsonby, later 5th Earl of Bessborough

2. Hon William Wentworth Brabazon Ponsonby (b. 1812; dvp. 1831)

3. Hon Frederick George Brabazon Ponsonby, later 6th Earl of Bessborough

4. Hon George Arthur Brabazon Ponsonby (b. 17 May 1820; dvp. 1841)

5. Hon Walter William Brabazon Ponsonby, later 7th Earl of Bessborough

6. Rt Hon Sir Spencer Cecil Brabazon Ponsonby later Ponsonby-Fane GCB ISO, of Brympton, Yeovil, co. Somerset, Comptroller Lord Chamberlain's Department 1857-1901, Gentleman Usher to the Sovereign 1859-1915 and to the Sword of State 1901-15, Bath King of Arms 1904-15 (b. 14 Mar 1824; d. 1 Dec 1915), mar. 7 Oct 1847 Hon Louisa Anne Rose Lee Dillon-Lee (d. 18 Jul 1902), 3rd dau. of Henry Augustus [Dillon-Lee], 13th Viscount Dillon, by his wife Henrietta Browne, sister of Dominick [Browne], 1st Baron Oranmore and Browne, and 1st dau. of Dominick Geoffrey Browne MP, of Castle Macgarrett, co. Mayo, and had issue

7. Hon Gerald Henry Brabazon Ponsonby (b. 17 Jul 1829; d. 30 Nov 1908), mar. 9 Feb 1858 Lady Maria Emma Catherine Coventry (d. 7 Feb 1912), sister of George William [Coventry], 9th Earl of Coventry, and only dau. of Hon George William Coventry, styled Viscount Deerhurst (by his wife Harriet Anne Cockerell, dau. of Sir Charles Cockerell, Bt.), 1st son and heir ap. by his first wife of George William [Coventry], 8th Earl of Coventry, and had issue

1. Lady Kathleen Louisa Georgina Ponsonby (d. 9 Jul 1863), mar. 10 Aug 1858 Frederick Edward Banbury Tighe, of Woodstock (d. 6 Jan 1891)

2. Lady Augusta Lavinia Priscilla Ponsonby (b. 11 May 1814; d. 19 Nov 1904), mar. (1) 18 Mar 1834 Lord William Thomas Petty-FitzMaurice MP, styled Earl of Kerry (b. 30 Mar 1811;  dvp. 21 Aug 1836), 1st son and heir ap. of Henry [Petty later Petty-FitzMaurice], 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne, by his wife Lady Louisa Emma Fox-Strangways, 5th dau. of Henry Thomas [Fox-Strangways], 2nd Earl of Ilchester, and (2) 2 Apr 1845 Hon Charles Alexander Gore, a Commissioner of Woods and Forests 1835-89 (b. 10 Oct 1811; d. 6 Jul 1897), brother of Philip Yorke [Gore], 4th Earl of Arran, and had issue by both husbands

3. Lady ..... Ponsonby

4. Lady Maria Jane Elizabeth Ponsonby (b. 14 Mar 1819; d. 13 Sep 1897), mar. 9 Aug 1838 her cousin Charles Frederick Ashley Cooper [Ponsonby], 2nd Baron de Mauley, and had issue

died

16 May 1847

created

v.p. 19 Jul 1834 Baron Duncannon of Bessborough, of Bessborough in the County of Kilkenny (Peerage of the United Kingdom)

suc. by

son

note

Member of Parliament for Knaresborough 1805-06, for Higham Ferrers 1810-12, for Malton 1812-26, for co. Kilkenny 1826-32 and for Nottingham 1832-34; Lord lieutenant of co. Carlow 1831-38 and of co. Kilkenny 1838-47; Privy Councillor [GB] 1831; First Commissioner of Woods and Forests 1831-34 and 1835-41; Home Secretary 1834; Lord Privy Seal 1835-39; Ecclesiastical Commissioner 1841-47;  Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1846-47

 

John George Brabazon [Ponsonby], 5th Earl of Bessborough, PC

born

14 Oct 1809

mar. (1)

8 Sep 1835 Lady Frances Charlotte Lambton (b. 16 Oct 1812; dvp. and sp. 18 Dec 1835), 1st dau. of John [Lambton], 1st Earl of Durham, by his first wife Harriet Cholmondeley, illegit. dau. of George James [Cholmondeley], 1st Marquess of Cholmondeley

mar. (2)

4 Oct 1849 Lady Caroline Amelia Gordon-Lennox (b. 18 Jun 1819; dsp. 30 Apr 1890), 1st dau. of Charles [Lennox later Gordon-Lennox], 5th Duke of Richmond, by his wife Lady Caroline Paget, 1st dau. by his first wife of Henry William [Paget], 1st Marquess of Anglesey

died

s.p. 28 Jan 1880

suc. by

brother

note

Member of Parliament (Whig) for Bletchingley 1831, for Higham Ferrers 1831-32 and for Derby 1835-47; Sheriff of co. Carlow 1838; Lord Lieutenant of co. Carlow 1838-80; Privy Councillor 1848; Master of the Staghounds, 1848-52, 1859-66;  Lord Steward of the Household, 1866 and 1868-74

 

Frederick George Brabazon [Ponsonby], 6th Earl of Bessborough

born

11 Sep 1815

died

11 Mar 1895

suc. by

brother

note

barrister, Lincoln's Inn 1840

 

Walter William Brabazon [Ponsonby], 7th Earl of Bessborough

born

13 Aug 1821

mar.

15 Jan 1850 Lady Louisa Susan Cornwallis Eliot (b. 17 Dec 1825; d. 15 Jan 1911), only dau. of Edward Granville [Eliot], 3rd Earl of St Germans, by his wife Lady Jemima Cornwallis, 3rd dau. and cohrss. of Charles [Cornwallis], 2nd Marquess Cornwallis

children

1. Hon Edward Ponsonby, later 8th Earl of Bessborough

2. Hon Cyril Walter Ponsonby OBE (b. 8 Sep 1853; d. 29 Nov 1927), mar. 19 Sep 1893 Emily H Eyre Addington (d. 10 Dec 1932), dau. of Rev H Addington, of Henlow Grange, co. Bedford, and had issue

3. Hon Granville Ponsonby, Chief of Police in St Lucia (b. 13 Sep 1854; dsp. 24 Feb 1924), mar. 10 Jun 1879 Mabel Jackson (d. 20 Jan 1922), dau. of Hon Charles Jackson, of St Anne's, Jamaica

4. Hon Arthur Cornwallis Ponsonby (b. 8 Jan 1856; d. 25 Apr 1918), mar. 17 Aug 1892 Kathleen Eva Sillery (d. 3 Nov 1944), dau. of Henry Sillery, and had issue

5. Hon Walter Gerald Ponsonby, barrister (b. 31 Jul 1859; d. 28 Apr 1934)

1. Lady Maria Ponsonby (b. c. 1852; d. 19 Nov 1949)

2. Lady Ethel Jemima Ponsonby (b. 8 Apr 1857; d. 22 Jun 1940), mar. 28 Feb 1883 her cousin George Fitzroy Henry [Somerset], 3rd Baron Raglan, and had issue

3. Lady Sara Kathleen Ponsonby (d. 10 Jun 1936), mar. 26 Jun 1883 Maj Charles Lancelot Andrews Skinner (d. 13 Apr 1934), 1st son of Charles Binney Skinner, of The Chantry, co. Suffolk, and had issue

died

24 Feb 1906

suc. by

son

note

ordained 1845; Rector of Canford Magna, co. Wiltshire 1846-49, of Beer Ferris, co. Devon 1869-75, of Marston Bigot, co. Somerset 1875-80, and of Stutton, co. Suffolk 1880-94

 

Edward [Ponsonby], 8th Earl of Bessborough, KP CB CVO

born

1 Mar 1851

mar.

22 Apr 1875 Blanche Vere Guest CBE (d. 11 Oct 1919), sister of Ivor Bertie [Guest], 1st Baron Wimborne, and 5th dau. of Sir Josiah John Guest, 1st Bt. MP, by his second wife Lady Charlotte Elizabeth Bertie, only dau. by his second wife of Albemarle [Bertie], 9th Earl of Lindsey

children

1. Hon Vere Brabazon Ponsonby, later 9th Earl of Bessborough

2. Maj Hon (Cyril) Myles Brabazon Ponsonby MVO, ADC to the Governor of Ceylon 1903-10 and to HRH the Duke of Connaught 1906-09 (b. 16 Nov 1881; d. 28 Sep 1915), mar. 20 Jul 1911 Rita Narcissa Longfield (mar. (2) 1 Jan 1918 Neville Alfred Cyril Flower, of Codicote Mill, Hitchin, co. Hertford (d. 3 Apr 1931), son of Arthur Flower, of Prince's Gate, London SW; d. 16 Sep 1977), 1st dau. of Lt Col Mountifort John Courtenay Longfield, of Castle Mary, and had issue:

1a. Arthur Mountifort Longfield Ponsonby, later 11th Earl of Bessborough

3. Hon Bertie Brabazon Ponsonby, barrister Inner Temple 1909, Capt Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars during World War I 1914-16 (b. 10 Feb 1885; dsp. 24 Jun 1967), mar. 7 Feb 1933 Constance Evelyn Meyer, only dau. of Rev Canon Horace Rollo Meyer, Rector of Watton-at-Stone, co. Hertford

1. Lady Olwen Verene Ponsonby (b. 9 Sep 1876; d. 7 Jun 1927), mar. 2 Jan 1901 Geoffrey Henry [Browne-Guthrie later Browne], 3rd Baron Oranmore and Browne, and had issue

2. Lady Helena Blanche Irene Ponsonby (b. 16 Jun 1878; d. 28 Jan 1962), mar. 26 Jul 1904 John Congreve, of Mount Congreve, co. Waterford, and had issue

3. Lady Gweneth Frida Ponsonby (b. 15 Jun 1888; d. 1984), mar. (1) 10 Jul 1913 Lt Hon Windham Baring RNVR (b. 29 Sep 1880; d. 28 Dec 1922), 2nd son of Evelyn [Baring], 1st Earl of Cromer, by his first wife Ethel Errington, dau. and cohrss. of Sir Rowland Stanley Errington, 11th Bt., and (2) 4 Feb 1926 Col Ralph Henry Voltelin Cavendish CBE MVO DL, only son of Col Alfred Edward John Cavendish CMG by his wife Alice Isabella Van der Byl, 2nd dau. of Hon John Van der Byl, of Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, and had issue by both husbands

died

1 Dec 1920

suc. by

son

note

Secretary to Lord Robert Grosvenor at the Treasury 1880-84; barrister 1879; Secretary to the Speaker of the House of Commons 1884-95; CB 1895; High Sheriff of co. Carlow 1898; CVO 1902; Knight of St Patrick 1914

 

Vere Brabazon [Ponsonby], 9th Earl of Bessborough, GCMG PC

born

27 Oct 1880

mar.

25 Jun 1912 Baroness Roberte de Neuflize GCStJ, Chairman St John Council for Sussex (d. 1979), only dau. of Baron de Neuflize CVO, of Paris, France

children

1. Hon Frederick Edward Neuflize Ponsonby, later 10th Earl of Bessborough

2. Hon Desmond Neuflize Ponsonby (b. 4 Aug 1915; dvp. 8 Apr 1925)

3. Lieut Hon George St Lawrence Neuflize Ponsonby (b. 14 Aug 1931; dvp. 16 May 1951)

1. Lady Moyra Blanche Madeline Ponsonby DBE GCStJ, Vice-President Royal College of Nursing 1970-85, Superintendent-in-Chief St John Ambulance 1970-83 (b. 2 Mar 1918), mar. 10 Dec 1945 as his second wife Sir Denis John Wolko Browne KCVO (d. 9 Jan 1967), son of Sylvester Browne, and has issue

died

10 Mar 1956

created

2 Jun 1937 Earl of Bessborough Peerage of the United Kingdom)

suc. by

son

note

Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Cheltenham 1910 and for Dover 1913-20; CMG 1913; GCMG 1931; Privy Councillor 1931; Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of the Dominion of Canada 1931-35

 

Frederick Edward Neuflize [Ponsonby], 10th Earl of Bessborough

born

29 Mar 1913

mar.

29 Sep 1948 Mary Munn (b. 3 Mar 1915;  d. 13 Apr 2013), dau. of Charles A Munn, of New York, USA

only child

1. Lady Charlotte Mary Roberte Paul Ponsonby (b. 28 Sep 1949), mar. 5 Oct 1974 Yanni Petsopoulos, of 43 Pembridge Villas, London W11, son of Antonis Petsopoulos, and has issue

died

s.p.m. 5 Dec 1993

suc. by

cousin

note

Secretary to High Commissioner for Refugees 1936-39; ADC to GOC 44 Division 1939-40 France and Flanders; ADC to GOC Canadian Corps 1940; Headquarters Staff and North Africa 1942-44; Major 1942; Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Science 1963-64; Chairman, Metrication Board 1969; Member of the European Parliament 1972-79; on his death the UK Earldom of Bessborough became extinct

 

Arthur Mountifort Longfield [Ponsonby], 11th Earl of Bessborough

born

11 Dec 1912

mar. (1)

28 Jul 1939 Patricia Minnigerode (d. 12 Sep 1952), dau. of Col Fitzhugh Lee Minnigerode, of Virginia, USA

children by first wife

1. Hon Myles Fitzhugh Longfield Ponsonby, later 12th Earl of Bessborough

1. Lady Sarah Ponsonby, painter and sculptress (b. 1943; d. 13 Mar 2010)

mar. (2)

20 Sep 1956 (div. 1963) Anne Marie Galitzine (former wife of Prince George Galitzine), dau. of Lt Gen Sir Rudolf Carl Slatin (Baron von Slatin) GCVO KCMG CB

mar. (3)

17 Dec 1963 Madeleine Lola Margaret Grand, only dau. of Maj Gen Laurence Douglas Grand CB CIE CBE, of Delaford Manor, Iver, co. Buckingham

children by third wife

2. Hon Matthew Douglas Longfield Ponsonby (b. 27 Jan 1965), mar. 1993 Jamilie Emett Searle, 1st dau. of Graham Searle, of South Kensington, London, and has issue

3. Hon Charles Arthur Longfield Ponsonby (b. 12 Jul 1967), mar. Jennifer Waghorn, and has issue

died

5 Apr 2002

suc. by

son by first wife

 

Myles Fitzhugh Longfield [Ponsonby], 12th Earl of Bessborough

born

16 Feb 1941

mar.

1972 Alison Marjorie Storey, 3rd dau. of William Storey OBE, of Playford Mount, Great Bealings, Woodbridge, co. Suffolk

children

1. Hon Frederick Arthur William Ponsonby, styled Viscount Duncannon (b. 9 Aug 1974). mar. Emily Mott, and has issue:

1a. Hon William Ponsonby (b. 6 May 2008)

1a. Hon Eleanor Grace Ponsonby (b. 8 May 2006)

2. Hon Henry Shakerley Ponsonby (b. 1977)

1. Lady Chloe Patricia Ponsonby (b. 1975)

 

Last updated 23 May 2013

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Titles:

12th Earl of Bessborough

(Ireland, let. pat. 6 Oct 1739)

13th Viscount Duncannon, of the Fort of Duncannon in the County of Wexford

(Ireland, let. pat. 28 Feb 1722)

13th Baron Bessborough, of Bessborough in the County of Kilkenny

(Ireland, let. pat. 11 Sep 1721)

12th Baron Ponsonby, of Sysonby in the County of Leicester

(Great Britain, let. pat. 12 Jun 1749)

9th Baron Duncannon, of Bessborough in the County of Kilkenny

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 19 Jul 1834)

 

Address:

Broadreed, Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire PO9 6DZ

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