Samuel Ward

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Samuel WARD 1572-1643

Biographical Note

Born at Bishop Middleham, son of John Ward. BA Christ's College, Cambridge 1593, MA 1596, BD 1603, DD 1610; fellow of Emmanuel College 1596, Master of Sidney Sussex College 1610.Prebendary of Wells 1610, of York 1618, royal chaplain 1611, archdeacon of Taunton 1615; he held various other ecclesiastical preferments. Noted for his Calvinist views, he was one of the translators of the King James Bible, working on the Apocrypha between 1604 and 1611. He was one of the British delegates at the Synod of Dort in 1618, and appointed Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity in 1623. Changing theological positions in the 1620s and 30s made his thinking more contentious, but he remained loyal to the causes of episcopacy and monarchy and he died after being imprisoned for refusing to give financial aid to parliament in their conflict with Charles I.


Ward’s notebooks and papers, at Sidney Sussex, noted for including the earliest known draft of the King James Bible, also include some book lists. The extent and disposition of his library are not known.