Sir Edward Ford, of Harting, Sussex, Sheriff for that county, and Governor of Arundel Castle in 1642. Ob. 1670. His only daughter married Ralph Grey, Baron Grey of Werke. He was the author of a tract, entitled, "Experimental Proposals how the King may have money to pay and maintain his Fleets, with ease to his people: London may be rebuilt, and all proprietors satisfied: money to be but at six per cent, on pawns, and the Fishing Trade set up, which alone is able, and sure to enrich us all. And all this without altering, straining, or thwarting, any of our Laws, or Customs, now in use." 4to. 1666.—Repr. Harl. Miscell., iv., 195. Ford was High Sheriff of Sussex, adhered to Charles I., and was knighted in 1643. In 1658, he laid down pipes to supply parts of London with water from the Thames. The second and third Lords Braybrooke descend, in the female line, from his daughter, Catherine Ford, who married Ralph, Lord Grey of Werke, their maternal ancestor.
---Diary and correspondence of Samuel Pepys, the diary deciphered by J. Smith. 1854.
FORD, Sir EDWARD (1605-1670), royalist soldier and inventor; educated at Trinity College, Oxford; knighted, 1643; surrendered Arundel Castle after seventeen days' siege, 1644; imprisoned and incapacitated; escaped to the continent; returned to negotiate with the army, 1647; again imprisoned; devised an engine for raising the Thames water into the higher streets of London, 1656; with Thomas Toogood constructed other water-engines; died in Ireland, where he had a patent for coining farthings by a new process.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.
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