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Spencer Ponsonby-Fane


Spencer Ponsonby-Fane

Sir Spencer Ponsonby-Fane
Vanity Fair in 1878.
Personal information
Full name Spencer Cecil Brabazon Ponsonby
Born (1824-03-14)14 March 1824
Mayfair, Westminster, London, England
Died 1 December 1915(1915-12-01) (aged 91)
Yeovil, Somerset, England
Batting style Right-hand bat
Relations John Ponsonby, 5th Earl of Bessborough, Frederick Ponsonby, 6th Earl of Bessborough (brothers), John Henry Ponsonby (son), Spencer Gore (nephew), Richard Ponsonby-Fane (grandson)
Domestic team information
1841–1862 Marylebone Cricket Club
1848–1858 Surrey
1862 Middlesex
Source: Cricket Archive, 25 August 2009

Sir Spencer Cecil Brabazon Ponsonby, later Ponsonby-Fane, GCB ISO (14 March 1824 – 1 December 1915) was an English cricketer and civil servant.

He was born in 1824 in Mayfair, the sixth son of John Ponsonby, 4th Earl of Bessborough.


Ponsonby played for both Middlesex and Surrey, and later administered Somerset and Harrow Cricket Club. He was one of the founders of I Zingari in 1845.

Government service

He was also an employee of the British Foreign Office, Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain's Office, Private Secretary to Lord Palmerston, the Earl of Clarendon and Earl Granville, Gentleman Usher to the Sword of State and he transported the peace treaty for the Crimean War to Paris.[1][2]


He married Louisa Anne Rose Lee Dillon (d. 1902), daughter of Henry Dillon, 13th Viscount Dillon, on 7 October 1847. They had eleven children:

  • John Henry Ponsonby-Fane (22 August 1848 – 11 September 1916), married Florence Farquhar on 14 October 1875 and had issue
  • Lt. George Richard Ponsonby, RA (25 April 1850 – 5 February 1871)
  • Helen Ponsonby (26 July 1851 – 17 January 1852)
  • Robert Charles Ponsonby-Fane (6 June 1854 – 16 November 1909), married Mary Maclachlan on 17 July 1877 and had issue
  • Constance Louisa Ponsonby-Fane (23 March 1856 – 4 May 1930), married William Robert Phelips on 1 January 1881 and had issue
  • Margaret Maria Ponsonby-Fane (4 November 1867 – 14 December 1953), married Rev. Hon. Arnald de Grey, third son of Thomas de Grey, 5th Baron Walsingham, on 17 April 1882 and had issue
  • Clementina Sarah Ponsonby-Fane (27 July 1859 – 15 September 1934), married Sir Edmund Turton, 1st Baronet on 9 August 1888
  • Eleanor Hariett Ponsonby-Fane (26 December 1861 – 2 September 1878), drowned in a boating accident at Brympton d'Evercy
  • Sydney Alexander Ponsonby-Fane (26 February 1863 – 27 August 1940), married Audrey Catherine St Aubyn, daughter of John St Aubyn, 1st Baron St Levan on 10 June 1893 and had issue
  • Hugh Spencer Ponsonby-Fane (5 December 1865 – 13 May 1934), married Anitha Magdalene Feuerheerd on 8 November 1894 and had issue
  • Theobald Brabazon Ponsonby-Fane (27 April 1868 – 14 May 1929), married Bertha Edwards on 10 August 1892

In 1875, he changed his surname to Ponsonby-Fane upon inheriting the estate of Brympton d'Evercy from his aunt, Lady Georgiana Fane. He spent the remainder of his life there improving the gardens until he died in 1915.


External links

  • ESPNcricinfo
  • CricketArchive
Court offices
Title last held by
Sir William Martins
Gentleman Usher to the Sword of State
Title next held by
Sir Edward Goschen
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Sir John McNeill
King of Arms of the Order of the Bath
Title next held by
Sir George Callaghan
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