Sir John Davies was among the number of those who petitioned James I. to grant them a charter for erecting an academy for the study of antiquities. The king, however, so far from promoting their design, obliged them to discontinue their meetings, and threatened to prosecute the applicants as a suspicious and disloyal cabal. Stukeley's Hist. of the Ant. Society, MS. penes me. GILCHRIST.
Sir John Davies's poems, or at least a portion of them, were reprinted by Davies, in 12mo. Lond. 1773.
His historical tracts, in which are included some printed for the first time, were published in 8vo. Lond. 1786.