George Ponsonby (Junior Lord of the Treasury)

For George Ponsonby (1755–1817), Lord Chancellor of Ireland and member of the Privy Council, see George Ponsonby.

George Ponsonby (1773 – 5 June 1863), styled The Honourable from 1806, was an Irish politician, who served as a Junior Lord of the Treasury in the governments under Earl Grey and Lord Melbourne from 1832 to 1834.[1]

He was the fourth son of William Brabazon Ponsonby and Louisa daughter of Richard Molesworth, 3rd Viscount Molesworth.[2] Ponsonby represented Lismore in the Irish House of Commons between 1796 and 1798. He was then elected as a Member of Parliament at a by-election for Kilkenny County in 1806 on his father, previously the sitting member, being elevated to the peerage as 1st Baron Ponsonby of Imokilly, but a general election quickly followed when he was replaced in this seat by his younger brother Hon. Frederick Ponsonby.

He subsequently served as for Cork County from 1806 to 1812; for Youghal in County Cork from 1826 to 1832; and was evidently also a member of the following Parliament.

He lived at Woodbeding in Sussex. He married twice, having two sons (both of whom predeceased him) and a daughter.[2]


  1. 'Treasurers and Commissioners of the Treasury 1660—1870', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 1: Treasury Officials 1660-1870 (1972), pp. 16-25.. Date accessed: 19 August 2008.
  2. 1 2 Burke's Peerage (1939 edition), s.v. Bessborough, Earl of

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Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Robert Paul
Sir Richard Musgrave, 1st Bt
Member of Parliament for Lismore
With: Sir Richard Musgrave, 1st Bt
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Cavendish, 2nd Bt
Sir Richard Musgrave, 1st Bt
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Ponsonby
James Wandesford Butler
Member of Parliament for Kilkenny County
With: James Wandesford Butler
Succeeded by
James Wandesford Butler
Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby
Preceded by
Henry Boyle, Viscount Boyle
Robert Uniacke Fitzgerald
Member of Parliament for Cork County
1806 1812
With: Henry Boyle, Viscount Boyle 1806–1807
James Bernard 1807–1812
Succeeded by
James Bernard
Richard Hare, Viscount Ennismore
Preceded by
John Hyde
Member of Parliament for Youghal
1826 1832
Succeeded by
John O'Connell

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