The eldest son of the antiquary John Frere, J. H. Frere studied at Putney and at Eton (1785-89), where he edited the Microcosm with Canning (1786-87). He attended Caius College Cambridge (B.A. 1792, M.A. 1795, Fellow 1791-1816), sat in Parliament (1796-1802), was under secretary in the foreign office (1799-1800), envoy to Lisbon (1800-02) and Madrid (1802-04, 1808-09). Frere contributed to the Anti-Jacobin (1797-98), George Ellis's Specimens of the Early English Poets (1801) and Southey's Chronicle of the Cid (1808) and History of the Peninsular War (1823-32); he was a founder of the Quarterly Review. Frere retired to Malta in 1820, where he died in his seventy-seventh year.
The microcosm; a periodical work [ed. Frere, Canning]. 1790.
The anti-jacobin [ed. Frere, Canning, et. al.] 1799.
Prospectus and specimen of an intended national work, by William and Robert Whistlecraft. 1817.
The monks and giants. 1818.
Fables for five-years old. 1830.
Aristophanes, The frogs [trans. Frere]. 1839.
A metrical version of the Acharnians, the Knights, and the Birds [by Aristophanes]. 1840.
Theognis restitutus. 1842.
Works in prose and verse, ed. Sir Bartle Frere. 2 vols, 1872; 3 vols, 1874.
Parodies and other burlesque pieces [with Canning and Ellis], ed. Henry Morley. 1890.