Charles Ponsonby, 2nd Baron de Mauley

Charles Frederick Ashley Cooper Ponsonby, 2nd Baron de Mauley (12 September 1815 – 24 August 1896), was a British peer and Liberal politician.

Ponsonby was the son of the first Lord de Mauley, third son of the third Earl of Bessborough, and Lady Barbara Ashley-Cooper, only child and heiress of the fifth Earl of Shaftesbury. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge.[1][2]

On 9 August 1838, he married his cousin, Lady Maria Ponsonby, a daughter of John Ponsonby, 4th Earl of Bessborough,[3] and they had 10 children:[4]

  • Hon. Alice Barbara Maria (1840–1846)
  • Hon. Emily Priscilla Maria (1841–1926), married Rev. Charles Ogilvy
  • Hon. William Ashley Webb (1843–1918)
  • Hon. George (1844–1845)
  • Hon. Maurice John George (1846–1945), married Hon. Madeleine Hanbury-Tracy
  • Hon. Frederick John William (1847–1933), married Margaret Howard (a great-granddaughter of Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle)
  • Hon. Mary Alice (1849–?)
  • Hon. Edwin Charles William (1851–1939), married (1) Emily Coope, (2) Hilda Smith
  • Hon. Helen Geraldine (1852–1949), married Sholto Douglas, 19th Earl of Morton
  • Hon. Diana Isabel Maria (1855–?)


  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard (1845). A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. H. Colburn. p. 284. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  2. ^ Romilly's Cambridge Diary 1832-42. CUP Archive. p. 250. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  3. ^ Debrett's Genealogical Peerage of Great Britain and Ireland. William Pickering. 1845. p. 82. Retrieved 15 October 2016.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Tulk
George Byng
Member of Parliament for Poole
With: Sir George Philips 1837–1852
Succeeded by
Sir George Philips
George Robinson
Preceded by
Richard Sheil
Member of Parliament for Dungarvan
Succeeded by
John Maguire
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Ponsonby
Baron de Mauley
Succeeded by
William Ponsonby