Ralph (also spelt Rauffe) Pownall (1536 – January 5, 1607) was the 15th great-grandfather of Cometan, classified as one of Cometan’s distant paternal ancestors in the Taylor family line. Born in Lostock Gralam, Cheshire, Ralph was the son of Humphrey Pownall of Morley (1500 – 1574) and Elene Fitton (1510 – 1560). Ralph is also recorded as having been the husband of Anne Ryley (1536 – 1600), with whom Ralph had at least on son named Humphrey in 1560. Ralph is understood to have died at the age of seventy-one in Cheshire.
In Cometanic ancestry, Ralph is categorised as part of the 17th generation retrograde, classifying him as a distant ancestor of Cometan.