Edward Jerningham was born in Norfolk, the son of Sir George Jerningham. He was educated at the English College at Douay and at Paris before returning to England for the coronation of George III. He converted to Anglicanism, and in addition to poems and plays, wrote on theological subjects. Among his acquaintances were the Earl of Chesterfield, Anna Seward, and Horace Walpole.
The nunnery. an elegy. 1762.
The Magdalens: an elegy. 1763.
The nun: an elegy. 1764.
An elegy written among the ruins of an abbey. 1765.
Il latte. An elegy. 1767.
Poems on various subjects. 1767.
Amabella, a poem. 1768.
The deserter: a poem. 1770.
The funeral of Arabert, monk of La Trappe: a poem. 1771.
Faldoni and Teresa. 1773.
The fall of Mexico, a poem. 1775.
Fugitive poetical pieces. 1778.
The ancient English wake. A poem. 1779.
Honoria: or the day of All Souls, a poem. 1782.
Lines written in the album, at Cossey-Hall, Norfolk. 1786.
Enthusiasm: a poem. In two parts. 1789.
Lines on a late resignation at the Royal Academy. 1790.
Abelard to Eloisa: a poem. 1792.
Peace, ignominy, and destruction: a poem. 1796.
The Peckham frolic: or Nell Gwyn. A comedy. 1799.
Select sermons from the French of Bossuet [translated Jerningham]. 1800.
The mild tenour of Christianity. 1803.
The dignity of human nature: an essay. 1805.
The Alexandrian school: or a narrative of the first Christian professors in Alexandria. 1809.
The old bard's farewell. 1811.