William George Ward, born 21 March, 1812 at Bloomsbury Square, London. Student at Winchester College and Oxford University (Christ  Church, matriculated 26th November, 1830 aged 18, B.A. Lincoln College 1834, fellow Balliol College 1834-1835, M.A. 1837, mathematics and logic lecturer, junior bursar 1841, senior bursar1842). Prominent in the Oxford tractarian movement.
Ordained in the Church of England, 1840. Author of Ideal of a Christian Church, 1844. Converted to Catholicism and deprived of his M.A., 1845.
Taught theology at St. Edmund's College, Ware, Hertfordshire, 1851-58.
Received doctorate degree from Pope Pius IX, 1854. Edited the Dublin Review, an influential Catholic quarterly, 1863-78. With the poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Archbishop Manning of Westminster, founded the Metaphysical Society, 1869. In 1881, a landed proprietor and the lord of the manor, living with his wife and their daughter Margaret at Weston Manor, Freshwater, Hampshire.