William Davison

Date 1608
Biographical NotesDiplomat and administrator. Of a Scottish extraction although his parentage is unknown. Initially one of Walsingham's 'confidential men of business', he was attached to Henry Killigrew's mission to Scotland in 1574. Sent on repeated embassies to the Netherlands and Scotland. He was Secretary of State 1586-87. Controversy surrounds his role in the 1587 execution of Mary Queen of Scots. See ODNB.
Work(s)Author of [Instructions for Travel] [1595?]
Author of Profitable Instructions Describing what Speciall Observations are to be Taken by Travellers in all Nations, States and Countries; Pleasant and Profitable. By the Three much admired, Robert, Late Earle of Essex. Sir Philip Sidney. And, Secretary Davison (1633)
Author of The Most Notable and Excellent Instruction for Travellers (1633) in Profitable Instructions Describing what Speciall Observations are to be Taken by Travellers in all Nations, States and Countries; Pleasant and Profitable. By the Three much admired, Robert, Late Earle of Essex. Sir Philip Sidney. And, Secretary Davison