Jack Ward is a farmer who appears throughout the Wardstone Chronicles.
Jack Ward was the eldest of the seven Ward brothers and part of the Ward Family. Jack was jovial and patronizing to Tom, but later, he revealed an underlying jealousy when he told Tom that he had always been their mother's favorite. That later turned into greater animosity at each brush with danger that Tom's job entails.
He has inherited the Ward Farm from his father, and consequently he has the job of upholding the farm and passing it onto his son, inkeeping with family tradition.