The sitter was the youngest brother of Richard Brabazon Ponsonby and his wife Louisa, daughter of Richard, 3rd Viscount Molesworth. He was born in Dublin and educated at Dublin University. In 1795 he was ordained deacon and priest and was subsequently appointed prebendary of Tipper in St. Patrick's Cathedral. He became Dean of St. Patrick's in 1817. In 1828 he was consecrated Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora, and was transferred to Derry in 1831, and became also Bishop of Raphoe in 1834. In 1804 he married his cousin, Frances, second daughter of the Right. Hon. John Staples. Their son, William Brabazon was the 4th and last Baron Ponsonby. Provenance: By descent from the sitter to the present owner.
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