James Ward studied at Trinity College Dublin where he was a contemporary of Thomas Sheridan (B.A. 1711; M.A. 1714); he was evidently an acquaintance of Matthew Concanen, who published a number of his poems in his Miscellaneous Poems by Several Hands (1724). Ward, patronized by Lord Orrery, was made Dean of Cloyne in 1726.
The smock-race, at Finglas: with some other poems and translations. By the same hand. 1716.
A new miscellany of poems and translations. 1716.
A sermon preach'd in Christ's Church, Dublin; before his Excellency John, Lord Carteret, Lord Lieutenant General. 1724.