1912 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Ball

D. J. O'Donoghue, in Poets of Ireland (1912) 17.



REV. JOHN BALL. — Odes, Elegies, Ballads, etc. Dublin 1772, 8vo; Poems and Ballads, 1775 (vide Dr. Madden's Library Catalogue).

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 the eldest son of the Rev. Thomas Ball (a Tyrone man, born in 1718, died 1787, and an eminent schoolmaster), whom he succeeded at St. Michael Le Pole School, Dublin. His father was Grattan's first teacher. John Ball became a scholar of T.C.D., 1762; B.A. 1764; M.A. 1768. Was married to Miss Elizabeth Budds, of Donard, on November 1, 1777, and died in 1812. His volume of poems, he says, was part of a larger collection in MS. called Faded Flowers. The Rev. W. W. Ball's work on the Ball family speaks of him as author of a collection of poems called Fading Leaves. He published in Dublin, in 1775, an anonymous prose work called A Brother's Advice to his Sisters. He was buried near his father in St. Michael Le Pole Churchyard.