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Bangor, Viscount (I, 1781)


Creation: let. pat. 11 Jan 1781


Family name: Ward




Quarterly:  1st and 4th, Azure a Cross Patonce Or (Ward);  2nd and 3rd, Gules three Cinquefoils Ermine on a Chief of the second a Man's Heart of the first (Hamilton)


A Man's Head couped at the shoulders affrontée proper wreathed about the temples Or and Azure  and adorned with three Ostrich Feathers Argent


Dexter:  a Knight in complete armour proper charged on the breast with a Cross Moline Gules behind him a flowing Crimson Robe with a Cross Moline argent on its sinister side wearing on his helmet a Plume of Feathers of the last and his dexter hand resting on a Drawn Sword point downwards proper pommelled and hilted Or;  Sinister:  a Turkish Prince vested in robes of blue and gold, white stockings, yellow sandals, gold sash and fringe round the waist behind him a loose brown robe of fur on the head a white turban with black feathers and his hands in Fetters proper


Sub Cruce Salus (Salvation beneath the Cross)



Bernard [Ward], 1st Baron Bangor later 1st Viscount Bangor

only surv. son of Michael Ward MP, of Castle Ward, co. Down, a Justice of the Court of King's Bench in Ireland, by his wife Anne Catherine Hamilton, dau. and hrss. of James Hamilton, of Bangor, co. Down, by his wife Hon Sophia Mordaunt, 2nd dau. of John [Mordaunt], 1st Viscount Mordaunt


6 Sep 1719


Dec 1747 Lady Ann Magill (widow of Robert Hawkins-Magill, of Gill Hall, co. Down;  d. 7 Feb 1789), 2nd dau. of John [Bligh], 1st Earl of Darnley, by his wife Lady Theodosia Hyde, suo jure Baroness Clifton of Leighton Bromswold, only surv. dau. and hrss. of Edward [Hyde], 3rd Earl of Clarendon


1. Hon Nicholas Ward, later 2nd Viscount Bangor

2. Hon Edward Ward MP (b. 30 Apr 1753; d. Nov 1812), mar. 15 Feb 1783 his cousin Lady Arabella Crosbie (d. 10 Nov 1813), 3rd dau. of William [Crosbie], 1st Earl of Glandore, by his wife Lady Theodosia Bligh, 3rd dau. of John [Bligh], 1st Earl of Darnley, and had issue:

1a. Edward Southwell Ward, later 3rd Viscount Bangor

2a. Hon John Petty Ward, granted the style and precedence of the younger son of a Viscount by Royal Warrant 1835 (b. 17 Jul 1791; d. 23 Mar 1869), mar. 18 Aug 1817 Eleanor Erskine (d. 13 Sep 1862), dau. of John Erskine, of York, and had issue

3a. Rev Hon Henry Ward, Rector of Killinchy, co. Down, granted the style and precedence of the younger son of a Viscount by Royal Warrant 1835 (b. Dec 1795; d. 31 May 1874), mar. 15 Sep 1823 Anne Mahon (d. 19 Jan 1875), dau. of Rev Henry Mahon, of Killigally, and had issue

1a. Hon Theodosia Ward, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of a Viscount by Royal Warrant 1835 (d. 23 Apr 1864), mar. 1805 Capt Kean Osborne (d. at the Battle of Salamanca Jul 1812)

2a. Hon Arabella Catherine Ward, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of a Viscount by Royal Warrant 1835 (d. 25 Dec 1868), mar. 1811 Capt Edward Wolstenholme, of Downbarton Manor, co. Kent

3a. Sarah Catherine Ward (d. 1831), mar. 1825 George Meara, of Canaghmore, co. Waterford

4a. Hon Urania Caroline Ward, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of a Viscount by Royal Warrant 1835 (d. Nov 1851), mar. 1816 her cousin Lieut Gen Hon John Meade CB (d. 6 Aug 1849), 3rd son of John [Meade], 1st Earl of Clanwilliam, by his wife Theodosia Hawkins-Magill, only dau. and hrss. of Robert Hawkins-Magill, of Gill Hall, co. Down, by his second wife Lady Anne Bligh, 2nd dau. of John [Bligh], 1st Earl of Darnley, and had issue

3. Col Hon Robert Ward (b. 14 Jul 1754; d. .....), mar. (1) 1782 Sophia Frances Whaley (d. 1793), 3rd dau. of Richard Chapel Whaley, of Whaley Abbey, co. Wicklow, and (2) 1797 Louisa Jane Symes (d. 18 Feb 1911), 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Rev Dr Abraham Symes DD, and had issue by both wives

1. Hon Anne Catherine Ward (d. 1825)

2. Hon Sophia Ward (d. 1836)

3. Hon Sarah Henrietta Elizabeth Ward (b. c. 1759; d. Apr 1853)

4. Hon Georgiana Charlotte Emilia Ward (d. Nov 1843), mar. 1782 Rev Hugh Montgomery, of Grey Abbey, co. Down (d. 30 Mar 1815)


20 May 1781


30 May 1770 Baron Bangor, of Castle Ward in the County of Down

11 Jan 1781 Viscount Bangor, of Castle Ward in the County of Down

suc. by



Member of Parliament for co. Down 1745-70


Nicholas [Ward], 2nd Viscount Bangor


5 Dec 1750


11 Sep 1827

suc. by



Member of Parliament for Bangor 1771-76; a lunatic before 1785


Edward Southwell [Ward], 3rd Viscount Bangor


Mar 1790


14 Feb 1826 Hon Harriet Margaret Maxwell (mar. (2) 4 Oct 1841 Maj Andrew Savage Nugent, of Portaferry (b. 1809; d. 1889);  d. 4 Jul 1880), 2nd dau. of Rev Henry [Maxwell], 6th Baron Farnham, by his wife Lady Anne Butler, 1st dau. of Henry Thomas [Butler], 2nd Earl of Carrick


1. Hon Edward Ward, later 4th Viscount Bangor

2. Hon Henry William Crosbie Ward, later 5th Viscount Bangor

3. Admiral Hon William John Ward RN, ADC to Queen Victoria (b. 9 Dec 1829; dsp. 20 Nov 1900), mar. 29 Apr 1875 Evelyn Sophia Hare (d. 24 Sep 1925), 6th dau. of Col Hon Richard Hare (by his wife Mary Christina Windham, 4th dau. of Vice Adm William Lukyn later Windham, of Felbrigge Hall, co. Norfolk), brother of William [Hare], 2nd Earl of Listowel, and 2nd son of Hon Richard Hare, styled Viscount Ennismore, Member of Parliament (Whig) for Athy 1797-1800 and for County Cork 1812-27 (by his wife Hon Catherine Bridget Dillon, 1st dau. of Robert [Dillon], 1st Baron Clonbrock), 1st son and heir ap. of William [Hare], 1st Earl of Listowel

4. Lieut Gen Hon Bernard Matthew Ward CB (b. 26 Aug 1831; d. 27 Jun 1918), mar. (1) 27 Jun 1865 Emily Maria La Touche (d. 1 Jun 1868), 1st dau. of John La Touche, of Harristown, co. Kildare, and (2) 11 Feb 1873 Laura Maberly (d. 12 Feb 1928), 1st dau. of Major Gen Evan Maberly CB, and had issue by both wives

5. Capt Hon Somerset Richard Hamilton Augusta Ward (b. 9 Mar 1833; d. 26 Dec 1912), mar. 26 Apr 1859 Norah Mary Elizabeth Hill (d. 24 Apr 1920), 1st dau. of Maj Lord George Augustus Hill, of Gweedore, co. Donegal (by his first wife Cassandra Jane Knight, 5th dau. of Edward Knight, of Godmersham Park, co. Kent), 5th son of Arthur [Hill], 2nd Marquess of Downshire, and had issue

6. Lieut Hon Crosbie Richard Maxwell Ward (b. Apr 1836; d. 8 Jul 1858)


1 Aug 1837

suc. by



Edward [Ward], 4th Viscount Bangor


23 Feb 1827


14 Sep 1881

suc. by



a Representative Peer for Ireland (Conservative) 1855


Henry William Crosbie [Ward], 5th Viscount Bangor


26 Jul 1828

mar. (1)

6 Dec 1854 Mary King (d. 31 Aug 1869), yst. dau. of Rev Henry King, of Ballylin, King's County, by his wife Harriet Lloyd, dau. of John Lloyd, of Gloster, King's County

children by first wife

1. Henry Somerset Andrew Ward (b. 30 Aug 1857; dvp. 10 Jul 1860)

2. Lieut Hon Edward William Henry Ward (b. Jan 1863; dvp. 10 Jul 1887)

3. Hon Maxwell Richard Crosbie Ward, later 6th Viscount Bangor

1. Hon Harriette Mary Ward (d. 6 Nov 1941), mar. 22 Nov 1881 Major Gen John Edmund Waller, of Aughnacloy, Killiney, co. Dublin (d. 4 Dec 1934)

2. Hon Kathleen Annette Norah Ward (d. 28 Sep 1945)

3. Hon Bertha Jane Ward DGStJ (d. 21 Aug 1936), mar. 9 Aug 1883 Sir Robert John Kennedy KCMG DL, of Cultrea, co. Down (d. 11 Nov 1936), and had issue

4. Mary Henrietta Ward (dvp. 9 Dec 1861)

5. Hon Emily Georgiana Ward (d, 26 Feb 1935)

mar. (2)

8 Apr 1874 Elizabeth Eccles (b. 9 Dec 1828; d. 11 Jan 1919), only surv. dau. and hrss. of Maj Hugh Eccles, of Cronroe, co. Wicklow, by his wife Harriet Anne St George, 3rd dau. of Sir Richard Bligh St George, 2nd Bt.


23 Feb 1911

suc. by

son by first wife


served in the Kaffir War 1851-53 as Capt, 43rd Light Infantry; a Representative Peer for Ireland (Conservative) 1885-1911


Maxwell Richard Crosbie [Ward], 6th Viscount Bangor, OBE PC


4 May 1868


5 Jan 1905 Agnes Elizabeth Hamilton (b. c. 1878; d. 12 May 1972), 3rd dau. of Dacre Mervyn Archdale Hamilton, of Cornacassa, co. Monaghan, by his wife Helen Nugent, dau. of Walter Nugent, Baron of the Austrian Empire


1. Hon Edward Henry Harold Ward, later 7th Viscount Bangor

1. Hon Mary Helen Kathleen Ward (b. 2 Apr 1909; d. 19...), mar. 4 Apr 1934 Peter Mansfield Weatherby, 2nd son of Edward Mansfield Weatherby, of Brill House, Brill, Aylesbury, co. Buckingham, and had issue

2. Hon Helen Elizabeth Ward (b. 9 May 1912)

3. Hon Margaret Bertha Meriel Ward (b. 29 Sep 1914), mar. (1) 20 Jan 1938 (div. 1947) Lt Col Desmond Charles Forde (d. 31 Jan 1961), 2nd son of Maj William George Forde, of Seaforde, co. Down, (2) 5 Jul 1947 (div. 1962) Gavin Robert Sligh, 2nd son of Robert Scott Sligh, of Pednor House, Chesham, co. Buckingham, and (3) 1969 Maj Dennis Eric Smith, of 21 Chesil Court, Chelsea Manor Street, London SW3, and has issue by her first husband


17 Nov 1950

suc. by



OBE 1919; Member of the Northern Ireland Senate; Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland 1929; Speaker of the Northern Ireland Senate 1930-50; Privy Councillor [NI] 1931; a Representative Peer for Ireland


Edward Henry Harold [Ward], 7th Viscount Bangor


5 Nov 1905

mar. (1)

29 Apr 1933 (div. 1937) Elizabeth Balfour, 1st dau. of Thomas Balfour, of Wrockwardine Hall, Wellington, co. Salop.

mar. (2)

14 Aug 1937 (div. 1947) May Kathleen Middleton (d. 9 May 1969), dau. of William B O Middleton, of Shanghai, China

mar. (3)

12 Nov 1947 (div. 1951) Leila Mary Heaton (d. 23 Feb 1959), 2nd dau. of David Rimington Heaton DSO, of Brookfield, Crowhill, South Devon, by his first wife Louisa Marie Freeman, dau. of Francis Ford Freeman, of Tavistock, co. Devon

only child by third wife

1. Hon William Maxwell David Ward, later 8th Viscount Bangor

mar. (4)

1951 Marjorie Alice Simpson (former wife of Reginald Forbes Simpson;  d. 1991), dau. of Peter Banks, of St Leonards-on-Sea, co. Sussex

children by fourth wife

2. Hon (Edward) Nicholas Ward, heir presumptive to the Viscountcy of Bangor, of 9 Kildare Terrace, London W2, investment analyst and later television producer (b. Feb 1953), mar. 1985 Rachel Mary Astor (b. 29 Sep 1955), 2nd dau. of Hon Hugh Waldorf Astor (by his wife Emily Lucy Kinloch, 1st dau. of Sir Alexander Davenport Kinloch of Gilmerton, 12th Bt.), 2nd son of John Jacob [Astor], 1st Baron Astor of Hever, and has issue:

1a. Anne Roxelana Ward (b. 7 May 1987)

2a. Zoë Rachel Ward (b. 17 Feb 1990)

1. Hon Sarah Ward (b. 1951), mar. (1) 1980 (div. 1982) as his third wife the actor Tom Baker, and (2) 1992 Prof (Clinton) Richard Dawkins FRS, of Savile House, Mansfield Road, Oxford, Professor for the Understanding of Science at New College, Oxford


8 May 1993

suc. by

son by third wife


Reuters correspondent in China and Far East; BBC news observer in Libya 1941; sometime antique dealer in Portobello Road, London


William Maxwell David [Ward], 8th Viscount Bangor


9 Aug 1948


1 Oct 1976 Sarah Mary Malet Bradford (former wife of Anthony John Bradford, of Lisbon, Portugal), dau. of Brig Hilary Anthony Hayes DSO OBE


antiquarian book dealer


The heir presumptive to the Viscountcy of Bangor is Hon Nicholas Ward, younger half-brother of the present Viscount.


 Last updated 4 Mar 2008




8th Viscount Bangor, of Castle Ward in the County of Down

(Ireland, let. pat. 11 Jan 1781)

8th Baron Bangor, of Castle Ward in the County of Down

(Ireland, let. pat. 30 May 1770)



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