Thomas Carrique Ponsonby,
Lieutenant in Royal Navy:
He was a Royal Navy officer.
Midshipman 1815 [Ponsonby, 1929].
ADM 196/13/7 seems to show Lieutenant as at 1822.
Though [Navy List, June 1827] says it was 30 Apr 1827. [Ponsonby, 1929] says 1827.
mar 10 June 1828 in Kinsale
to his 1st cousin
[descendant of Edward III].
In 1831 he was appointed to the Coast Guard Service. See notice in Chutes Western Herald, 3 December, 1831. And notice in Kerry Evening Post, 7 December, 1831. These describe him as Lieutenant, Royal Navy.
He inherited the family home of Crotto, Co.Kerry, in Dec 1831 when his father died.
There is a letter of 23 Jan 1832 from Thomas C. Ponsonby, Crotto, in Ms. 20,602 in [Rowan Papers]. Black border since father just died.
Thomas was party to Louisa Ponsonby's mar settlement 1833.
See Sir John Benn-Walsh's visit to Crotto, 1834. Benn-Walsh says Thomas "was in the navy but left it & married on coming to this fortune, which is in fact a mere nominal thing, as it is eaten up with debts & charges. He seems a complete specimen of the embarrassed, broken down Irish squire". Benn-Walsh says that the Crotto estate "is shortly to be sold under a decree of the court to pay off numerous charges upon it." Ponsonby tried to interest Benn-Walsh in buying it. He proposed various schemes of purchase but Benn-Walsh was sceptical.
[Pettigrew & Oulton, 1835, p.196]
lists Thomas at Crotto,
listed as one of the magistrates of Co.Kerry.
He sold Crotto estate in 1840s. Sold Crotto House 1842.
[Deed, 1842] is about him selling off the massive Ponsonby estate of Kilflyn, and debts.
He is described in [Deed, 1842] as late of Crotto House, now of North Richmond St, Dublin (see map).
Thomas C. Ponsonby, "bar.", is listed at 148 Lower Gloucester St (now Sean McDermott St), Dublin, in [Thom's, 1845]. See photo.
Active again in Navy:
He was appointed 24 Nov 1847 as Lieutenant commanding the Firefly (also here).
Listed with the Firefly at Portsmouth in [Navy List, Dec 1847].
He is listed as Lieutenant on Firefly in 1848.
He is listed in the Landed Estates Court Rentals as selling off land in Co.Kerry on 7 June 1850 under the Encumbered Estates Act (1849).
Listed as Lieutenant at dau's mar 1853.
He is declared to be "an Insolvent" in Landed Estates Court Rentals notice of Jan-Feb 1857.
Still listed as Lieutenant in [Navy List, Dec 1860].
Lieutenant retired with rank of Commander, 1861:
He was a Lieutenant retired with the rank of Commander on 1 Jan 1861 [Navy List, June 1861].
ADM 196/37/526 seems to show him as Commander as at 1847. (He was a Lieutenant commanding.)
Did NOT become a Captain.
Jan Bridge says he "went bankrupt in England in the 1860's".
Described as "deceased" at son's marriage 1882.
Thomas and Frederica had issue:
The [JCHAS] notes are wrong in their identification of Mr. Ponsonby.
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