James Carrique Ponsonby

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James Carrique Ponsonby (1738 - December 1796) [also recorded as Carrigue, Carigue, Carique and Carrick] was an Irish member of parliament (MP) for two different constituencies, high sheriff, justice of the peace and grand juror of County Kerry and an important Irish landowner.

James Carrique Ponsonby
MP for Tulsk
In office
Preceded byNicholas Westby
Succeeded byJames FitzGerald
MP for Tralee
In office
Preceded byJohn Toler
Succeeded byBoyle Roche
High Sheriff of County Kerry
In office
Preceded byWilliam Godfrey
Succeeded byDenis Mahony
Personal details



He was born as James Carrique to Anne Dorothy (née Crosbie) and William Carrique; his mother was the daughter of Lady Margaret Barry and Thomas Crosbie; his father was a lawyer, JP, high sheriff and grand juror, resident at Crotta.[1][2] He entered Trinity College, Dublin in 1754, aged 16[3] and is recorded as a JP the following year.[4] Richard Ponsonby, his great uncle who had no children, willed the Crotta estate to his father on 10 February 1762 with the proviso that both father and son take the Ponsonby name. When the will was proved in 1764, Carrique duly became James Carrique Ponsonby.[4][5]

On 3 May 1766, he married Mary O'Hara, daughter of Charles O'Hara, MP for Ballynakill and then Armagh Borough,[6] and Lady Mary (née Carmichael), daughter of Brigadier-General James Carmichael, 2nd Earl of Hyndford, a descendant of James V of Scotland and Henry VII.[7][8][9][10] He became the owner of a property in Clare Street, Dublin, in 1769.[11] The couple had two children, William, born in 1770, and Richard, born c. 1773. The following year he transferred ownership of the Dublin house to his father-in-law.[12][9] From 1776 to 1783, he was the MP for Tulsk and during this period was high sheriff of Kerry from 1781 to 1782.[3][6]: 76 [4] He and his wife separated in 1778 and as part of the deed of settlement she was granted £500 annually.[13][9] The History of the Irish Parliament claims that his wife was said to have "run away with Lord Bellomont" (Charles Coote) in 1782;[14] this is four years post-separation, however a contemporaneous deed did exist between Carrique Ponsonby and Coote.[15] On 28 April 1781, he made an application for the next session of parliament to raise funds by mortgage or sale of properties in County Limerick (devised to him by his great uncle) to pay debts affecting his properties in Kerry and for these funds to service his separation settlement and to provide for other circumstances.[16][17] He transferred land in Limerick to his wife's brother Charles, the income from which would be hers. His father had remarried to Margaret Crosbie in 1766; although his father died in 1774, his will wasn't proved until July 1782 but mentioned him, his stepmother Margaret, and his son William.[18][19][20] From 1783 to 1790, he was one of two MPs for Tralee, the other being William Godfrey, his predecessor as high sheriff.[3][6]: 76  He died aged 58 in 1796 and was buried in the Ponsonby tomb at Kilflynn Church (now St. Columba's Heritage Centre), close to Crotta.[4]: 329 


  1. ^ "Memorial No: 125003". Irish Deeds Index. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  2. ^ "Memorial No: 64946". Irish Deeds Index. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  3. ^ a b c Burtchaell, George Dames; Sadleir, Thomas Ulick (eds.). Alumni Dublinenses: a register of the students, graduates, professors and provosts of Trinity College in the University of Dublin (1593-1860). Dublin: Alex Thomas & Co. Ltd. p. 136.
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  7. ^ Irish Registry of Deeds Index, volume 251, page 79, memorial 2011, registered 12 May 1766, marriage settlement
  8. ^ Irish Registry of Deeds Index, volume 251, page 81, memorial 160212, registered 12 May 1766, marriage settlement
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  11. ^ Irish Registry of Deeds Index, dated 30 June 1769, registered 1 July 1769, vol.272 p.562 memorial 176498, Shiel to Ponsonby
  12. ^ Irish Registry of Deeds Index, dated 7 Nov 1770, registered 10 Nov 1770, [LR] vol.283 p.167 memorial 183578, Ponsonby to O'Hara
  13. ^ Irish Registry of Deeds Index, MS36488/7 and MS36488/8, registered 4 October 1783, separation agreement
  14. ^ Jonston-Liik, Edith Mary (2002). History of the Irish Parliament. Ulster Historical Foundation.
  15. ^ Irish Registry of Deeds Index, volume=321, page=399, memorial 217080, registered 1777-85, grantee Earl of Bellamont (Charles Coote)
  16. ^ "Notice is hereby given". Dublin Evening Post. No. 526. 14 June 1781. p. 1.
  17. ^ "Statute Law Revision Act 2012, Schedule 2, Acts Specifically Repealed, Part 1, Irish Private Acts 1751 to 1800, 1781-82 (21 & 22 Geo. 3) c. 5P". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 1 March 2023.
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  19. ^ House of Lords Irish Appeal Cases. London: Parliament of Great Britain. 1800.
  20. ^ Betham, William (1782). Genealogical abstracts of records of the Prerogative Court of Armagh. 2. Vol. 12.