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Mary Bulteel, later Lady Mary Ponsonby

Mary Bulteel, later Lady Mary Ponsonby

The royal courtier and advocate of women’s advancement Miss Mary Bulteel (1832-1916), later Lady Mary Ponsonby.

Mary Elizabeth Bulteel was born in 1832, the daughter of John Crocker Bulteel, MP. On 30 April 1861, she married Sir Henry Frederick Ponsonby (1825-1895), Queen Victoria’s Private Secretary. They had five children.

Her granddaughter was the Hon. Elizabeth Ponsonby (1900-1940), the quintessential Bright Young Thing of the 1920s.

Photographed in 1860 by Camille Silvy of London.


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