Sir Audley Mervyn, though of not a very lofty style of character, played no undistinguished part in Ireland in the great era of the war, or rebellion, of 1641.
He was already well known as an able lawyer and an active member of the Irish Parliament at the time of the outbreak. He had been selected by the House of Commons, in the month of March, 1641, to conduct their impeachment of Sir Richard Bolton, Lord Chancellor; Bramhall, Bishop of Deny; Sir Gerrard Lowther, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas; and Sir George Radcliff, Privy Councillor. These were friends and ministers of the Earl of Strafford, then under impeachment by the Commons of England. The proceedings in Ireland were only in aid of the measures of Pym and the other parliamentary leaders in England, and were abandoned after Strafford's fall. Audley Mervyn, then a representative in Parliament for the county of Tyrone, was selected for a kind of eloquence much admired in that day. It was full of farfetched similes, allusions to Scripture, and physical incidents, and stuffed with quotations taken alternately from the Roman poets and from the law-Latin of Coke upon Littleton.