Michael Ward (Irish politician)

In 1709, Michael Ward married Anne Catharine Hamilton.

Michael Ward (1683 – 21 February 1759)[1] was an Irish politician and judge.

He was the second son of Bernard Ward of Castle Ward, County Down and his wife Mary Ward, daughter of Richard Ward.[2] His father had been killed in a duel in 1690, wheen serving as High Sheriff of Down.

Ward entered the Irish House of Commons for Down in 1713.[1] In 1715 and 1727, he stood also for Bangor, but chose to sit for Down both times.[1] In the latter year Ward was appointed a Justice of the Court of King's Bench (Ireland), an office he held until 1758.[2] He transformed Killough into a port and built a road to Castle Ward, the family's residence, to enable the lead mined on the estate to be carried to the ships.[3]

In 1709, he married Anne Catharine Hamilton, daughter of James Hamilton.[4] They had three children, a daughter and two sons.[5] His only surviving son Bernard was elevated to the Peerage of Ireland, first as Baron Bangor in 1770 and then as Viscount Bangor in 1781.[4]


  1. 1 2 3 "Leigh Rayment - Irish House of Commons 1692-1800". Retrieved 17 April 2009.
  2. 1 2 "ThePeerage - Michael Ward". Retrieved 27 February 2007.
  3. "Public Record Office of Northern Ireland - Ward Papers" (PDF). Retrieved 7 August 2009.
  4. 1 2 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.
  5. Lodge, John (1789). Mervyn Archdall, ed. The Peerage of Ireland or A Genealogical History of the Present Nobility of that Kingdom. vol. VI. Dublin: James Moore. pp. 70–71.
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
John Hawkins Magill
Nicholas Price
Member of Parliament for Down
1713 – 1727
With: Nicholas Price 1713–1715
Trevor Hill 1715–1717
Sir John Rawdon, 3rd Bt 1717–1724
Robert Hawkins Magill 1724–1727
Succeeded by
Robert Hawkins Magill
Arthur Hill
Preceded by
Capel Moore
Robert Ward
Member of Parliament for Bangor
1715 – 1716
With: Hans Hamilton
Succeeded by
Edward Riggs
Acheson Moore
Preceded by
Edward Riggs
Acheson Moore
Member of Parliament for Bangor
With: Acheson Moore
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Maude, 1st Bt
Acheson Moore
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