David Davies (Welsh priest)

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David Davies (1742–1819) was a Welsh clergyman in the Church of England. He was born on 9 February 1742 of Welsh parentage[1] at Machynlleth[2] and educated at Codrington College, Barbados[1] and Jesus College, Oxford.[2] He was Rector of Barkham in Berkshire, England, from 1781 until his death.

Davies studied the condition of the labouring poor, recorded statistics of their wages, cost of food, etc. in various districts of England and Scotland.[3] He published his findings in 1795 as a book called Cases of Labourers in Husbandry Stated and Considered,[3] an important work in social history.

He died on 6 February 1819 at Barkham.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Horn, Pamela (2004). "Davies, David (1742–1819)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/7229. Retrieved 2015-07-15.  (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  2. ^ a b Rees, James Frederick (2009). "Davies, David". Dictionary of Welsh Biography (Online ed.). National Library of Wales. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  3. ^ a b Page, William; Ditchfield, P. H., eds. (1923). A History of the County of Berkshire. Victoria County History. 3. pp. 238–241.