Frederick Ponsonby, 6th Earl of Bessborough

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).

Earl of Bessborough
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The 6th Earl of Bessborough
Born(1815-09-11)11 September 1815
Died11 March 1895(1895-03-11) (aged 79)
FatherJohn Ponsonby, 4th Earl of Bessborough
MotherLady Maria Fane

Background and educationEdit

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.[1] 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.[citation needed] 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.

Personal lifeEdit

Lord Bessborough died at Westminster on 11 March 1895. He never married, and was succeeded in the earldom by his younger brother, Walter.


  1. ^ "Ponsonby, the Hon. Frederick George Brabazon (PNSY834FG)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.

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Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
John Ponsonby
Earl of Bessborough
Succeeded by
Walter Ponsonby