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LLOYD , DAVID ( 1752 - 1838 ), cleric, poet, and musician ;

b. 12 May 1752 at Croes Cynon (anglicized Croscunnon ), Llanbister, Rads. , only son of Thomas Lloyd of Trevodick , by Mary , daughter of David James of Little Croscunnon . He worked on his father's farm but had some desultory schooling, during which he picked up some Latin and mathematics. He taught himself Greek , and in 1771 opened a small school at Llanbister . There he prepared himself for holy orders and became curate at Putley, Herefords. , from 1785 to 1789 , when he was made vicar of Llanbister , where he remained until his death 3 March 1838 . He published in 1792 The Voyage of Life , a poem somewhat after the manner of Edward Young . A new and enlarged edition, dedicated to bishop Burgess (q.v.) , was published in 1812 under the title Characteristics of Men, Manners and Sentiments or the Voyage of Life . He also published Horae Theologicae ( London , 1823 ), and a march entitled ‘ The Loyal Cambrian Volunteers ,’ the only one of many pieces of music which he composed to be published. He was, in addition, a skilful mechanician , and is said to have designed ‘perpetual motion’ engines .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen (1852)


Published date: 1959