Henry Ponsonby


Henry Ponsonby

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name = Major-Gen. Sir Henry Ponsonby
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term_start = 1870
term_end = 1895
monarch = Victoria
predecessor = Gen. The Hon. Sir Charles Grey
successor = Lt. Col. The Rt. Hon. Sir Arthur Bigge
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Sir Henry Frederick Ponsonby GCB (10 December 1825–21 November 1895) was the son the British Army general, Sir Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby, and Private Secretary to Queen Victoria.

Ponsonby rose to the rank of Colonel in the Grenadier Guards and fought in the Crimean War. On 30 April 1861, he married Hon. Mary Elizabeth Bulteel, a daughter of John Crocker Bulteel MP and they had five children:

*Alberta Victoria Ponsonby (d. 15 October 1945)
*Magdalen Ponsonby (d. 1 July 1934)
*John Ponsonby (25 March 1866–26 March 1952)
*Frederick Edward Grey Ponsonby (16 September 1867–20 October 1935)
*Arthur Augustus William Harry Ponsonby (16 February 1871–24 March 1946)

In "Mrs. Brown", he was portrayed by Geoffrey Palmer whose close friend and frequent co-star, Dame Judi Dench played Queen Victoria.


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