Peter Ball (MP)

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Sir Peter Ball (died 1680) was an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1626 and 1640. He was attorney general to Queen Henrietta Maria.

Ball was the son of Giles Ball of Mamhead, Devon. He was called to the bar at Middle Temple in 1623 and became recorder of Exeter.[1] He was elected Member of Parliament for Tiverton in 1626 and was re-elected in 1628. He sat until 1629 when King Charles decided to rule without parliament for eleven years.[2] In 1636, he became an associate to the bench.[1]

In April 1640, Ball was re-elected MP for Tiverton in the Short Parliament.[2] He then became attorney-general to Queen Henrietta Maria and was Lent reader in 1641. He was knighted at Oxford on 7 October 1643[3] and was awarded D.C.L. at Oxford University on 19 February 1644.[1]

Ball died in 1680 and was buried at Mamhead on 4 September 1680.[1]

Ball married Ann Cooke, daughter of Sir William Cooke, of Gloucestershire. They had seventeen children including William the astronomer and Peter the physician.[4]

External links[edit]

  • Image of Ball arms Argent, a chevron gules[5] between three fire balls proper (19th c. stained glass), Mamhead Church [1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Roland St John
John Francis
Member of Parliament for Tiverton
With: John Drake 1626
John Bluett 1628–1629
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Tiverton
With: Peter Sainthill
Succeeded by
Peter Sainthill
George Hartnall