To assist others who may be interested in the contributions made by the Ward-Bardic
family in its many roles and evolutions throughout the history of Ireland, the
following list, incomplete though it is, may provide a starting point. It is
compiled from different sources, chiefly the Annals of the Four Masters (AFM),
the Dictionary of National Biography (DNB), the Annals of Ulster (AU), otherwise
known as "Annala Seanait" and O'Reilly's "Irish Writers"
(IW), a chronological account of nearly 400 Irish writers, published in 1820.
Note: The chronological format has gaps which may be filled with the passage
of time. The dates given are those of death where these were recorded. There
is a clash in some dates between those given in the AFM and those in the AU.
This has been resolved in the works of various scholars. The spellings are as
given in the originals.
What is of interest to present-day bearers of the name is the appearance of
38 Wards in the annals from 1173 to 1696, a period of 523 years. Most were bards
in the accepted sense of the term, others were ollamhs in medicine, and in 1572
one was hanged. What his alleged offence was, I have been unable to determine.
1173 Maelisa Mac Ward, Bishop of Clonfert-Brendan. AFM
1260 Fearghal Mac an Ward )
1260 Cearbhall Mac an Ward) brothers. DNB
1356 Mac-an-Bháird, sons of
1408 Mac Ward, Hy-Many. A.F.M.
1449 Gilchreest Mac Ward. AFM
1459 John Cam. A.F.M.
1478 Godfrey Mac Ward of Tirconnell, plague. AU
1488 Mac Ward of Oriel. A.F.M.
1495 Hugh Mac Ward, of Tirconnell. A.F.M.
1498 Aedh Mac-an-baird, victim of plague. A.U.
1507 Mac Ward of Oriel, killed. AFM
1509 Dearmot. AFM
1510 Mac Ward of Tirconnell, Owen Roe. AFM
1522 Hugh, slain. AFM
1531 Gillapatrick. AFM
1534 Cormac. AFM
1541 Mac Ward, Conor Roe. AFM
1546 Godfrey. AFM
1550 Mac Ward of Tirconnell, Feargal. AFM
1572 Mac Ward, Owen Roe, son of Farrell, hanged. AFM
1576 William Oge Mac-an-Ward. AFM
1583 Fearghal Macanward. DNB
1585 Maolmuire Macanward. DNB.
1590 Dermod. IW
1597 Mac Ward, Mulmurry, son of Cu-Uladh, a poet, killed. AFM
1604 Cu Ulaidh Macanward. DNB
1605 Conor Roe. IW
1608 Eoghan Macanward. DNB1609 Owen. AFM
1635 Hugh Macanward. DNB
1640 Eoghan Macanward. DNB
1649 Somhairle. IW
1655 Fearghal Og Mac an Bháird. IW
16-- Laoiseach Mac an Bháird.
1680 Eoghan Ruadh Mac an Bháird. NHI
1686 Patrick Macanward. DNB
1691 Dermod. IW
1696 Patrick Og.