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Sir Alexander John Ball, baronet (1756–1809) by unknown engraver, pubd 1803 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ball, Sir Alexander John, baronet (1756–1809), naval officer and politician in Malta, was born on 22 July 1756 at Ebworth Park, Painswick, Gloucestershire, the son of Robert Ball (1714/15–1766), high sheriff of that county, and Mary, née Dickinson. He attended Market House School...