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John Davies (1569 - 1626):
Lawyer and poet


John Davies came to Ireland in 1603 as Solicitor-General. Three years later he became Attorney-General and made a full report of the Flight of the Earls. In 1608 he went to Ulster to indict Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, and Rory O'Donnell, Earl of Tyrconnell. As a consequence of the jury's having convicted O'Neill, John Davies acquired four thousand acres of land in County Tyrone He flouted the stipulation that houses should be built and freeholders planted. He returned to England in 1619. He published A Discovery of the True Causes Why Ireland Was Never Entirely Subdued nor Brought under Obedience to the Crown of England until the Beginning of His Majesty's Happy Reign (1612).


Born: 1569
Died: 1626
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