My ancestors were Thomas Ball, the schoolmaster of Dublin, and his son William Ball an attorney in the city of Dublin, Ireland, who indexed the Irish Statutes.
One of William Ball's brothers (& my many times great-uncle) was :
REV. JOHN BALL. — Chaplain to the Countess Dowager of Barrymore. Contributor to Walker's Hibernian Magazine, 1804, etc. A patriotic poet, whose natal river would seem to have been the Slaney. Mentions Philip Doyne, the translator of Tasso, in poem on that river, as also in his "Tears of the British Muses," and his preface.
He was eld. son of the Rev. Thomas Ball (b.1718 d.1787), and an eminent schoolmaster), whom he succeeded at St. Michael Le Pole School, Dublin. Thomas Ball was Grattan's first teacher.
Rev. John Ball became a scholar of T.C.D., 1762; B.A. 1764; M.A. 1768. Was married to Miss Elizabeth Budds, of Donard, Ireland on 1 Nov 1777, and died in 1812. He was buried near his father in St. Michael Le Pole Churchyard, Dublin, Ireland.