1690 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Davies of Kidwelly

Anthony Wood, Athenae Oxonienses (1690-91; 1721) 2:902-04.



JOHN DAVIES, Son of Will. Davies, was born in Kidwelly in Carmathenshire on the 25th day of May 1625, entred a Student in Jesus Coll. 16 May 1641, continued there till Oxford was garrison'd for his Majesty's use, and then being taken away by his Relations, he was sent of S. John's Coll. in Cambridge, were being trained up under Presbyterians, made him ever after, till his Majesty's Restoration, keep pace with the times of Usurpation. While he continued there (where he became acquainted with that great prodigy of early Parts John Hall of Durham, who patronized and was beneficial to him) he learn'd the French Tongue, and afterwards going into France, became so compleat a Master of that Language, that upon his return, settling in London (where he continued till some of the last Years of his Life) did make it his livelihood to translate Books from French into English; most, if not all of which, you shall have as they follow [list omitted]. What else he hath translated and published I know not, or any thing else of him, only that concluding his last day at Kidwelly where he was born, was buried on the north side of the Church there, near the Chancel, on Saturday the 22d of July (S. Mary Madg. day) in the Year sixteen hundred ninety and three, leaving then behind him the Character of a genteel, harmless and quiet Man, but whether any other translations or Books to be published I know not.