The son of a yeoman, John Davies was born at Kidwelly and attended the school at Carmarthen before entering Jesus College Oxford (1641). During the rebellion he was, in the words of Anthony Wood, "taken away by his Relations" to St. John's College Cambridge (B.A. 1646). Davies of Kidwelly became the premier translator of his time; the list of his translations in Anthony Wood's Athenae runs to two closely printed columns.
Treatise against ... Descartes. 1654.
Apocolypsis; or, the revelation of certain notorious advances of heresie. 1655.
Les Provinciales. 1656.
Clelia [Scudery] trans. 1656.
The civill warres of Great Britain and Ireland. 1661.
Epictetus Junior, or maxims of modern morality. 1670.
The tablet of Cebes. 1670.
The ancient rites, and monuments of the monastical & cathedral church of Durham. 1672.
The history of Appian. 1679.