DAVIES, John. 1812? — London 18.9.1890. Rev. British Indologist and Welsh Scholar (?). From Salford. From 1838 studies at Cambridge (St.John’s College, B.A. 1842, M.A. 1845). Ordained priest 1842. Curate of Smallwood in 1853-57, Rector of Walsoken, Norfolk 1857-71, then retired from church service and moved to London. Married 1846 Mary Swindells (d. 1850). He was member of R.A.S and corresponded with German Indologists (Benfey). Also a lay archaeologist who studied local English remains.

Publications: The temporal augment in Sanskrit and Greek. 36 p. Hertford 1865.

Hindu Philosophy. The Sankhya Karika of Iśwara Krishna. An Exposition of the System of Kapila, with an Appendix on the Nyaya and Vaiśeshika Systems. 10+130 p. Trübner’s Or. Ser. L. 1881.

Translated: The Bhagavad Gita, Or, The Sacred Lay: A Sanskrit Philosophical Poem. 6+208 p. L. 1882, 3rd ed. 231 p. L. 1893.

– “A Comparison of some Sanskrit and Celtic Words”, Y Cymrmrodor 6:1, 1884, 14-30.

Also wrote on Welsh literature and on English onomastics (with Celtic substratum).

Sources: Stray notes and title pages of his publications in Internet; Alumni Cantabrigienses; www.joh.cam.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Eagle/Eagle%20Chapters/Obituaries/Obituary_1890s.pdf.

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