Roberte Ponsonby, Countess of Bessborough

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The Countess of Bessborough
The Earl and Countess of Bessborough, 1933
Title Countess of Bessborough
Spouse(s) Vere Ponsonby, 9th Earl of Bessborough

Roberte de Neuflize Ponsonby, Countess of Bessborough GCStJ JP (1892 – 1979), was the daughter of Baron Jean de Neuflize, CVO.


On 25 June 1912, she married Vere Ponsonby, Viscount Duncannon (27 October 1880 – 10 March 1956), son of Edward Ponsonby, 8th Earl of Bessborough and Blanche Vere Guest; she held the courtesy title of Viscountess Duncannon. The Viscount inherited the title of Earl of Bessborough upon the death of his father on 1 December 1920, whereupon Roberte became known as the Countess of Bessborough.


She and her husband were predeceased by two of their three sons. Their third son died in 1993. Only their daughter (Lady Moyra Browne, DBE) is still alive (as of 2012).



She was invested as a Dame Grand Cross, Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (GC.St.J). She was decorated with the Chevalier, Legion of Honour. She held the office of Justice of the Peace for West Sussex between 1943 and 1956.


  • Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd., 2003), volume 1, page 363.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Marchioness of Willingdon
Viceregal Consort of Canada
Succeeded by
The Baroness Tweedsmuir