Ford was born in 1605 at Uppark, Sussex, and died in Ireland, probably in Dublin, on 3 September 1670. His family were Sussex gentry. Ford studied for a year at Trinity College, Oxford (1621–2), but did not take a degree. He next comes to public notice upon the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1641, when he joined the royalist cause and was commissioned a colonel, promising to raise a regiment of 1,000 men. He was also appointed High Sheriff of Sussex. In November 1642 Ford attempted to defend Sussex against Parliamentary forces under General William Waller. Outnumbered, he retreated before Waller's army and was besieged at Chichester, where he surrendered in December.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.