John Ball was the son of the Rev. Thomas Ball, a schoolmaster; after being tutored by his father he attended Trinity College Dublin (B.A. 1764, M.A. 1768). He was chaplain to the Countess Dowager of Barrymore and succeeded his father as master of St. Michael Le Pole School, Dublin. John Ball describes Philip Doyne as a friend, and makes a number of references to Thomas Warton. The noted Irish antiquary Joseph Cooper Walker appears to been one of his father's students. John Ball's brother Thomas was also a poet.
1769The Tears of the British Muse.
1771The Tears of the British Muse.
1771To the River Slaney. Written in the Year 1771.
1775 ca.Sonnet II. To the University of Cambridge.
1775 ca.Sonnet III. To the University of Oxford.
1775 ca.Sonnet V. On Mr. Beatty's Minstrel, and Other Poems.
Tears of the British Muse. 1769.
Odes, elegies, ballads, etc. 1775.