Born in Exeter, the nephew of the poet Richard Hole, John Herman Merivale was raised a Prebyterian, which prevented his taking a degree at Cambridge (1796-99), though he later conformed (1822). Merivale studied at Lincoln's Inn and made his career in the law, acting as a chancery commissioner (1824-26) and bankruptcy commissioner (1831-34). In 1805 he married Louisa Heath, daughter of the headmaster of Harrow, in which connection he was acquainted with Byron. Merivale wrote prolifically for the periodicals, including the Monthly Review from 1808 to 1815.
1808The Minstrel. Book the Third.
1823Devon's Poly-olbion, the First Song.
1828A Chronicle of the Kings of England: Sixteenth Century.
1828St. Denis and the Mulberry Tree.
1828St. George and the Dragon.
Translations chiefly from the Greek Anthology; with tales and miscellaneous poems. 1806.
The minstrel: book the third. 1808.
A brief statement of the proceedings in both houses of Parliament. 1811.
Collections from the Greek Anthology, by R. Bland and others. 1813.
Orlando in Ronscevalles: a poem [Pulci, trans.] 1814.
Reports of cases argued and determined in the High Court of Chancery. 3 vols, 1817-19.
The two first cantos of Richardetto, from the original of N. Fortiguerra. 1820.
Letter to William Courtney, Esq. on the Chancery Commission. 1827.
Poems original and translated, now first collected. 2 vols, 1828-38; 3 vols, 1844.
Letters to a Chancery reformer. 1841.
The minor poems of Schiller translated. 1844.
The song of the bell, by Schiller, translated. 1856.