DEATH OF THE
REV J. CLIFTON WARD, F. G. S.
We deeply regret to record the death, from fever, of the Rev. J. Clifton
WARD, F. G. S., Vicar of Rydal.
For some years he was the head of the local Geological Survey, in which
capacity he completed the investigation and delineation of Cumberland. But being
of a grave and religious character, he was led to prepare for the ministry of
the Church. About two years ago he was ordained by the Bishop of Carlisle,
and became, in the first place, curate with Canon BATTERSBY at Keswick, and
subsequently the Bishop appointed him to Rydal.
Mr. Clifton WARD must be ranked among the greatest benefactors to this
county, because principally to his sober enthusiasm, vivid descriptive power, and
great knowledge we must ascribe that revival of intellectual vitality in the
district, which has so generally resulted in the establishment of scientific
and literary societies during the last four or five years.
He was born at Clapham in 1843. Being in delicate health, he was sent to
school at fragrant and delightful Hastings, and on his return to London he
became a student at the Royal School of Mines, where he distinguished himself
greatly. He matriculated at the London University. In 1865 he received an
appointment on the Geological Survey. His first service was in the midland
counties, and in 1868 he was transferred to the lake District, where he worked for
seven years, with results which are described in his interesting volume,
Memoirs of the Geological Survey.
Subsequently he removed to the north of Carlisle. He married a Miss. BENSON,
of Cockermouth, whom he leaves, with two young children. Mr. WARD wrote on
Tuesday week saying he could not attend the Council meeting of the Antiquarian
Society fixed for Thursday last at Penrith, as he was in bed with
The Council on the meeting had the melancholy news of the death of their