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Edward (8th Earl of Bessborough) Ponsonby

Male 1851 - 1920  (69 years)


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  • Name Edward (8th Earl of Bessborough) Ponsonby 
    Born 1 Mar 1851 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Dec 1920 
    Person ID I32834  My Genealogy

    Father Walter William Brabazon (7th Earl of Bessborough) Ponsonby,   b. 13 Aug 1829,   d. 24 Feb 1906  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Lady Susan Lewis Cornwallis (of St Germains) Eliot,   b. 17 Dec 1825,   d. 15 Jan 1911  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 15 Jan 1850 
    Family ID F62192  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. Vere (9th Earl of Bessborough) Ponsonby,   b. 27 Oct 1880,   d. 10 Mar 1956  (Age 75 years)
     2. Hon (Cyril) Myles Brabazon Ponsonby,   b. 1881,   d. 1915  (Age 34 years)
     3. 4 Further Children Ponsonby
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F11867  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He qualified as a barrister in 1879 and was secretary to Lord Robert Grosvenor (a younger son of Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster) at HM Treasury from 1880ľ 84 and to Arthur Peel, Speaker of the House of Commons from 1884-95. After Peel's retirement in 1895, Ponsonby was appointed a CB that year and also took the courtesy title of Viscount Duncannon following his father's accession to the earldom of Bessborough, also in that year. In 1898, he was High Sheriff of Carlow, appointed a CVO in 1902 and a KP in 1914. He was also involved in business and became a director of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway in March 1895, and served as its Chairman from February 1908 until his death.