Michael Ward
1674 – 1678 (c.1643-81)

Michael Ward was born in Shropshire in 1643, but was educated at Trinity College.1  He was a careerist and had a meteoric rise to high office. He was elected to Fellowship at nineteen, to Professor of Divinity and Dean of Lismore at twenty-seven; he was the youngest ever Provost when appointed at thirty-one; less than four years later he was elevated to the see of Ossory and after being appointed Bishop of Derry died at age thirty eight.

Painting Details

By Hugh Howard
Oil on canvas

  1. Anne Crookshank and David Webb, Paintings and Sculptures in Trinity College Dublin (Dublin, 1990), p. 138; J.V. Luce, Trinity College Dublin, The First 400 Years (Dublin, 1992), p. 29 .