The first recorded representatives of the family in Ulster were the brothers Nathaniel and Nicholas, sons of the Rev John Higginson (1546-1624), vicar of Claybrooke, Leicestershire. Nathaniel was despoiled of his property Knockballymore Castle, County Fermanagh; and Nicholas, of his estate at Belturbet, County Cavan, in the rebellion of 1640-41. EDWARD HIGGINSON, an officer in Lord Conway's Regiment (Rawden's Troop of Horse), settled at Ballinderry, County Antrim, where he built Mosslands in 1668. He wedded Mary, daughter of Robert Savage; and died in 1713, leaving issue, his elder son,
WILLIAM HIGGINSON (1673-1726), of Mosslands, County Antrim, wedded, in 1698, Mary Hull; and died leaving issue, the third son,
THOMAS HIGGINSON, of Cottage Hill, Ballinderry, who married twice. His second son,
JOHN HIGGINSON, of Ballinderry, married and had issue,
WILLIAM HIGGINSON, of Ballinderry, and later of Budore, born in 1767, whose elder son,
JOHN HIGGINSON (1814-92), of Budore, married, in 1835, Charlotte, daughter of William Hanna; and died leaving issue, the youngest son, JOHN HIGGINSON (1853-1910), of Budore, and Dunmurry, County Antrim, who wedded, in 1877, Emily, daughter of William McKinstry, leaving issue,
WING-COMMANDER JOHN SYDNEY HIGGINSON CBE JP DL RAF, of Ballyward Lodge, County Down; Honorary ADC to His Excellency the Governor of Northern Ireland, 1952; educated at Campbell College, Belfast. Wing-Commander Higginson died in 2000, when the estate devolved upon his nephew, ANDREW HIGGINSON OBE, who sold Ballyward in 2001 for £1.15 million.
BALLYWARD LODGE, near Castlewellan, County Down, has been described as a "gentleman's cottage" of ca 1800. This house, situated picturesquely beside a lake, was originally the residence of William Beers. Ballyward comprises two storeys, the upper storey being partly in the attic; dormer gables; projecting single-storey porch. There is a large, elegant fan-lighted doorway. Several upstairs windows are pointed, with Georgian-Gothic astragals. The library has a low ceiling, with columns which formerly graced Downhill Castle; and a spacious bedroom landing. The formal garden to the south of the house is equally impressive, with statuary and urns. Many improvements to the house and grounds were initiated by Wing-Commander Higginson. THE ESTATE is spread over 300 acres, consisting of mature woodland, surrounded by sloping hills. There are also significant wetlands thus attracting a wide variety of game. Ballyward has recently established itself as a shoot.
Edward Higginson  Birth: 1648 New Park, Ballinderry, Ireland Death: 1713
Parents: William Higginson 1615-Unknown Ellinor Higginson 1615-Unknown
Spouse(s): Mary Savage 1648-1715
Children: William Higginson 1673-1726 Philip Higginson 1685-1783 Russell Higginson 1685-1763 Thomas Higginson 1685-Unknown Edward Higginson 1688-1745
The Family grave of Edward Higginson 
Higginson Edward — — 1677 Administration Ireland Higginson Edward — — 1682 Administration Ireland Higginson Edward — — 1690 Administration Ireland
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