See also:English author of one of the earliest and best of travellers' Handbooks, was the eldest son of
See also:Ford, who in 1789 was member of parliament for East Grinstead, and for many years afterwards chief
See also:magistrate of
See also:London . His
See also:mother was the daughter and heiress of Benjamin
See also:Booth, a distinguished connoisseur in
See also:art . He was called to the
See also:bar, but never practised, and in 183o-1833 he travelled in Spain, spending much of his
See also:time in the
See also:Alhambra and at Seville . His first
See also:work (other than contributions to the Quarterly Review) was a pamphlet, An
See also:Historical Inquiry into the Unchangeable Character of a War in Spain (
See also:Murray, 1837), in reply to one called the Policy of England towards Spain, issued under the patronage of
See also:Lord Palmerston . He spent the winter of 1839-184o in Italy, where he added largely to his collection of
See also:majolica; and soon after his return he began, at
See also:John Murray's invitation, to write his Handbook for Travellers in Spain, with which his name is chiefly associated . He died on the 1st of
See also:September 1858, leaving a
See also:fine private collection of pictures to his widow (d . 1910), his third wife, a daughter of Sir A .
See also:Molesworth .
JOHN FORD (r586–c.1640)
THOMAS FORD (b. c. 158o)
While this entry is not substantially incorrect, it could be greatly extended by incorporating material now in the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, to which I contributed a new article. Ian C. Robertson.
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