WE FIND in the roll of Battle Abbey that the family of WARD attended WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR into England, where, after some centuries, it appeared in three respectable branches; of which the Wards of Capesthorne, Cheshire.
For several centuries, having possessed many extensive lordships, descended the family of WARD, of Bangor, in the person of
BERNARD WARD, who married a daughter of the ancient family of Leigh, of High Leigh, in Cheshire, and settled in Ulster about 1570.
This Bernard acquired the lands known as Carrickshannagh from the Earl of Kildare, and renamed it CASTLE WARD.
His son and heir,
NICHOLAS WARD, wedded Joan, daughter of Ralph Leycester MP, of Toft Hall, Cheshire, pre-1584.
By his wife he had four sons and several daughters (Eleanor wedded Thomas Russell, of Lecale), namely,
Bernard, ancestor of the Viscounts Bangor;Mr Ward's second son,
ROBERT, of whom we treat;
Thomas, colonel in the army; died at battle of Worcester;
ROBERT WARD (1610-91), High Sheriff of County Down, 1661 and 1667, espoused Mary, daughter of the Most Rev Henry Leslie DD, Lord Bishop of Meath, before 1661.
Mr Ward was knighted in 1670, and was created a baronet in 1682, for his loyal service to CHARLES II.
He survived his only son, CHARLES, who left no issue by his wife Catherine, a daughter of Sir John Temple.
The baronetcy expired in 1691.
From Norman times the Russell family, who were Roman Catholics, had held the Manor of Killough, but they had been deprived of it after the rising of 1641.
St John's Point, a townland on southern most tip in Lecale district, northern-most point of Dundrum Bay, 290 acres, site of an ancient holy well & ancient church & graveyard (St John's) which was attached to Inch Abbey, was acquired by Sir Robert in 1670, then sold to James Cummins.
First published in February, 2011.