Francis Meres (or Meares) was the son of Thomas Meres of Kirton-in-Holland, Lincolnshire. He entered Pembroke College, Cambridge as a sizar in 1584 (B.A. 1588, M.A. 1591) and was incorporated at Oxford in 1593. Meres was ordained in 1599 and was curate of Teigh, Rutland (1602) and rector and schoolmaster at Wing (1602-47). A friend of the Spenserian poet Richard Barnfield, Meres is remembered for the critical remarks in his anthology, Palladis Tamia, Wit's Treasury (1598).
Gods Arithmeticke. 1597.
Grenada's devotion ... Englished. 1598.
Palladis tamia: wits treasury. 1598.
The sinners guyde ... digested into English [Luis de Grenada, trans.] 1598.
Wits common wealth. The second part. A treasurie of divine, morall ... sentences [part 1 by Bodenham]. 1634.
Witts academy a treasurie of golden sentences similies and examples. 1636.
Poetrie, ed. D. C. Allen. 1933.