Arthur Llewelyn Davies

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Arthur Llewelyn Davies (20 February 1863–19 April 1907) was a respected barrister, but is best known as the father of the boys who served as the inspiration for Peter Pan and the other children of J. M. Barrie's stories of Neverland. Although he lived to see his sons immortalized by their dramatic namesakes on stage, his death in middle age left his family in the care of the playwright who had already challenged his place in their affections.


Davies was the second son of the Reverend John Llewelyn Davies, Vicar of Kirkby Lonsdale. He attended Marlborough College and Trinity College, Cambridge. He was briefly a Master at Eton College, but left that position to practice law. His sister was suffragist .

He met the relatively "bohemian" Sylvia du Maurier (daughter of famed cartoonist George du Maurier and sister of future actor Gerald du Maurier) at a dinner party in 1889 and they became engaged shortly thereafter.Birkin, Andrew, J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys. He married her in 1892, and they had five children, all boys: George (1893–1915), Jack (1894–1959), Peter (1897–1960), Michael (1900–1921), and Nicholas (1903–1980).

In 1897, his pre-school sons George and Jack became friends with Barrie, whom they met during outings in Kensington Gardens with their nurse Mary Hodgson and their infant brother Peter. Davies and his wife Sylvia met Barrie and his...
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