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Davies, Sir John

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 25
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Davies, Sir John
Date(s): 1603-1625
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume containing 95 leaves
Name of creator(s): Davies | Sir | John | 1569-1626 | Knight | Attorney General of Ireland, poet
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Davies was born in 1569. He became a barrister in Middle Temple, London, in 1595, and was elected as MP for Corfe Castle in 1601. Davies was appointed Solicitor General for Ireland in 1603, and served as Attorney-General from 1606-1619. During this period he was MP for County Fermanagh and Speaker of the Irish Parliament, 1613, and MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme, 1614 and 1621. He was appointed Chief Justice of England in 1626, but died before he was able to take up office. Davies wrote extensively on government history and also wrote poetry.

Publications: A full list of the works of Sir John Davies may be found in the British Library catalogue.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript volume, [1610], containing a treatise by Sir John Davies, Attorney General of Ireland, on royal regulation of commerce, beginning 'This question concerning your Majesties prerogative in laying Impositions upon Marchandizes'.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Single item.

Conditions governing access:

Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to archive collections may be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Collection level description.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The manuscript bears the book plate of William Grant, Lord Prestongrange (1701-1764), and is inscribed by William Herbert (1718-1795), whose library was sold in 1796. It was bought by William Somerton Foxwell.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Part of the Goldsmith's Library of Economic Literature, initially collected by Herbert Somerton Foxwell and presented by the Goldsmith's Company to the University of London in 1903.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Printed as The question concerning impositions, tonnage, poundage... (1656), with a second edition in 1659.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Smith as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions:
ISAD(G) 2nd edition, and NCA rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names (1997).

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jun 2000

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