Named after a tavern that was known to have been here between 1741 – 1765, the name became a popular one for pubs in the 17thCentury. It may have come from the Biblical figure who as a boy killed the giant Goliath and went on to become unitor of Israel and Judah. But more likely it is a reference to King David II of Scotland, the last of the Bruces, who was held prisoner for a time at the Tower of London after joining with the French to invade England. He was released under terms that he pay a huge ransom. He died in 1371.
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