Edward Ward (politician)

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Edward Ward (30 April 1753 – November 1812),[1] styled The Honourable from 1770, was an Irish politician.

He was the third son of Bernard Ward, 1st Viscount Bangor and his wife Lady Ann Bligh, daughter of John Bligh, 1st Earl of Darnley and his wife Theodosia Bligh, 10th Baroness Clifton.[2] His brothers were Nicholas Ward, 2nd Viscount Bangor and Robert Ward.[3] In 1785, he and his uncle Sir John Parnell, 2nd Baronet petitioned the Irish House of Lords successfully to place Nicholas under disability.[4]

Ward entered the Irish House of Commons in 1776, sitting for Bangor, the same constituency his father and his older brother had also represented, until 1776.[1] Subsequently he was returned for Down until 1790.[1]

On 15 February 1783, he married his maternal cousin Lady Arabella Crosbie, youngest daughter of William Crosbie, 1st Earl of Glandore[citation needed] and had by her six daughters and five sons.[2] Ward died at the family's residence Castle Ward in 1812.[5] His third and oldest surviving son Edward succeeded as Viscount Bangor in 1827.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Leigh Rayment - Irish House of Commons 1692-1800". Archived from the original on 1 June 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2009.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ a b Debrett, John (1828). Debrett's Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. vol. II (17th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 785. |volume= has extra text (help)
  3. ^ Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. I (4th ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. p. 75. |volume= has extra text (help)
  4. ^ Sylvanus, Urban (1827). The Gentleman's Magazine. part II. London: J. B. Nicholls. p. 463.
  5. ^ Sylvanus, Urban (1813). The Gentleman's Magazine. part I. London: Nichols, Son and Bentley. p. 182.
  6. ^ Lodge, Edmund (1838). The Genealogy of the Existing British Peerage (6th ed.). London: Saunder and Otley. pp. 40–41.
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Bangor
With: Hon. Pierce Butler 1776–1778
Edward Hunt 1778–1783
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Down
With: Viscount Kilwarlin
Succeeded by