Frederick Ponsonby, 6th Earl of Bessborough
|Earl of Bessborough|
The 6th Earl of Bessborough
|Father||John Ponsonby, 4th Earl of Bessborough|
|Mother||Lady Maria Fane|
|Born||11 September 1815|
|Died||11 March 1895(aged 79)|
Frederick George Brabazon Ponsonby, 6th Earl of Bessborough (11 September 1815 – 11 March 1895) was an English peer who played first-class cricket 1834–56 for Surrey, Cambridge Town Club (aka Cambridgeshire), Cambridge University (CUCC) and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
Background and education
Ponsonby was born in Marylebone, the third son of John Ponsonby, 4th Earl of Bessborough, and his wife Lady Maria Fane. He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1837 he was admitted to Lincoln's Inn, and was called to the Bar in 1840. He inherited the earldom on 28 January 1880 when his elder brother died without a male heir.
Throughout his cricket career, Bessborough was known as the Hon. Frederic Ponsonby. He played at both Harrow and Cambridge University, batting right-handed. He was an active player until about 1845, after which, due to an arm injury, he could only play sporadically. Ponsonby was a founder of Surrey County Cricket Club and was elected its first vice-president. He was also a founder of I Zingari, and of the Old Stagers amateur theatre company.
Styles of address
- 1815-1880: The Honourable Frederick Ponsonby
- 1880-1895: The Right Honourable The Earl of Bessborough
|Peerage of Ireland|
|Earl of Bessborough
- "Ponsonby, the Hon. Frederick George Brabazon (PNSY834FG)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Cracroft's Peerage
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Bessborough
- Frederick Ponsonby at ESPNcricinfo
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