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Sir Rees Davies
Robert Rees Davies

(1938-08-06)6 August 1938
Died16 May 2005(2005-05-16) (aged 66)
Oxford, England
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
ThesisThe Lancaster and Bohun lordships in Wales in the 14th and early 15th centuries (1965)
Doctoral advisorK. B. McFarlane

Sir Robert Rees Davies, CBE, FBA, FRHistS (6 August 1938 – 16 May 2005) was a Welsh historian.


Davies was born in Merionethshire, and educated at Bala Grammar School. He was bilingual in Welsh and English.[1] He received a First in his degree from University College London in 1959, later returning there as a lecturer in 1963. In 1959 he undertook a two-year postgraduate study of the Duchy of Lancaster's Welsh lordships in the later Middle Ages at Merton College, Oxford under the supervision of K. B. McFarlane.[1][2]

In 1966, he married Carys Lloyd Wynne, with whom he had one son and one daughter.[1]

In 1975, he was appointed Professor of History, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. His 1987 book Conquest, Coexistence and Change: Wales 1063–1415 won him the Wolfson Literary Award for History. In 1992 he became President of the Royal Historical Society.

In 1995, he was appointed the Chichele Professor of Medieval History at the University of Oxford and made a fellow of All Souls College. From 1995 to 2005 he served as Chairman of the Ancient Monuments Board for Wales. Davies was appointed a Knight Bachelor for services to history in the Queen's 2005 New Year Honours.

He is best known for his reinvigoration of Welsh medieval scholarship and as a pioneer in the study of British history, rejecting earlier Anglo-centric treatments of the medieval histories of Britain and Ireland.[3]

Professor Sir Rees Davies died of cancer in Oxford, aged 66.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d Obituary in The Independent 23 May 2005, Accessed 11 May 2014
  2. ^ Levens, R.G.C., ed. (1964). Merton College Register 1900-1964. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. p. 512.
  3. ^ "Professor Sir Rees Davies". The Times. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2012.