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Ursula Ward (Wright)

Birthplace: Plowland Manor, Welwick, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Robert Wright, Esq. and Ursula Wright
Wife of Marmaduke Ward
Mother of Mary Ward
Sister of Martha Percy; Alice Readshaw; John "Jack" Wright; Christopher "Kit" Wright and John Wright of Woburn
Half sister of William Wright, of Plowland and Ann Wright

Managed by: Megan Jane Butler
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About Ursula Ward

Note about parents:

While the parents of the Gunpowder Plot Wrights are officially not known, they were known to have been born and raised in the East Riding of Yorkshire, and tradition has it that they were born in Plowland Manor, which is in Welwick, outside of Hull. Given their birth dates, that means they would have to have been the offspring of one of the Wright owners of that manor. Some web trees make them children of Robert Wright, Esq, Sheriff of Yorkshire, and Ursula, his second wife. Robert remarried in around 1555, so presuming Ursula was about 20 at that time, the dates work out pretty well for this hypothesis.

William Wright was a half-brother to Ursula Ward, the wife of Marmaduke Ward, of Mulwith, Newby, and Givendale, near Ripon, the parents of the great Mary Ward, the friend of popes, emperors, kings, nobles, statesmen, warriors and indeed of the most distinguished personages of Europe during the reigns of James I. and Charles I. William Wright (or Wryght, as the name is spelt on the brass in Welwick Church) was also half-brother to the two Gunpowder conspirators, John and Christopher Wright, who were slain at Holbeach House, Staffordshire, a few days after the capture of Guy Fawkes by Sir Thomas Knevet, early in the morning of November 5th, 1605.

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Ursula Ward's Timeline

Plowland Manor, Welwick, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
January 23, 1585
Mulwith, Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)