WARD, Sir John (c.1650-1726), of Clay Hall, Epsom, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1708 - 1710
1715 - 1722
7 Dec. 1722 - 12 Mar. 1726

Family and Education

b. c.1650, 2nd s. of John Ward, commr. of customs, of Tanshelf, nr. Pontefract, Yorks. by Elizabeth, da. of Thomas Vincent of Barnborough, Yorks. m. 17 Apr. 1684, Mary, da. of Sir William Bucknell of Oxhey Place, Herts., 1s. 10da. Kntd. 25 Sept. 1714.

Offices Held

Merchant Taylors’ Co. 1709-d., master 1709-10; alderman, London 1709, sheriff 1715-16, ld. mayor 1718-19; director, Bank of England 1694-9 (with statutory intervals), dep. gov. 1699-1701, gov. 1701-3, director 1703-d.; director, E.I. Co. 1703-7, 1709-11.


The nephew of Sir Patience Ward, lord mayor of London 1681-2, Ward was returned for the city on the government list, voting for the septennial bill in 1716. During the split in the Whig party from 1717 to 1720 he voted with the Opposition. On 3 Aug. 1721 he presented a petition on behalf of the proprietors of the redeemable funds, and in December of that year he supported the Quaker affirmation bill.1 He did not stand for London in 1722, but was returned at a by-election that year for Dunwich, which he represented until his death, 12 Mar. 1726.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Pol. State, xxii. 633.