Melnard, Francois a Dutch writer of note, was born at Stellewroof, in Friesland, in 1570. ' He established himself at Poitiers, where he was at first professor of humanity, and later professor of jurisprudence. He obtained a pension from Louis XIII. The time of his death is not known. His important works are, Regicidium detestatum, quaesitum, precceutun (Poitiers, 1610), written on the occasion of the death of Henry IV: Disputationes dejuribus episcoporum (Poitiers, 1612, 8vo), 'which displays a deep knowledge of civil and canonical law; and Des notes sur la vie de Ste. Radegerel et sur la regle de Saint-Cesaire (edited by Charles Pidoux, Poitiers, 1621).