1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Sneyd Davies

Alexander Chalmers, in General Biographical Dictionary (1812-17) 18:319-20.



SNEYD DAVIES, the son of a physician who practised in Wales, was born at Shrewsbury, and educated at Eton, whence he removed to King's college, Cambridge, and regularly took the degrees of A.B. 1732, A.M. 1737, and D.D. 1759. He was early noticed by his school-fellow, Cornwallis, archbishop of Canterbury, when bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, who appointed him his chaplain, and collated him to a canonry of Lichfield, and in 1751 presented him to the mastership of St. John's hospital, Lichfield. He was also archdeacon of Derby, and rector of Kingsland, in Herefordshire, in the gift of his family. He died Feb. 6, 1769, much esteemed for his learning and amiable disposition; and his numerous poems, both printed and manuscript, bear ample testimony to his talents. He wrote several of the anonymous imitations of Horace in Duncombe's edition, 1767, and at the end of vol. IV. is given the character of the ancient Romans from a poem by him, styled The Progress of Science. He has many poems in Dodsley's and Nichols's collections, and one, in Latin, preserved in the Alumni Etonenses. Mr. Pennant also, in his Tour in Wales, vol. II. p. 422, has preserved some animated lines by Dr. Davies on Caractacus, which he says were delivered almost extempore at one of the annual meeting, held on Caer Caradoc some years ago by gentlemen from different parts, to celebrate the name of that renowned British chieftain, in prose or verse.