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LLOYD , EVAN ( 1734 - 1776 ), cleric and writer ;

b. 15 April 1734 , second son of John Lloyd and Bridget Bevan of Frondderw , Bala . He was educated at Ruthin and Jesus College , Oxford , where he matriculated on 22 March 1750/1 , B.A. 1754 , M.A. 1757 . He was curate of S. Mary's , Redriff , until 1763 , when he became the absentee vicar of Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd . He published several witty verse satires: The Powers of the Pen ( London , 1766 ), The Curate ( London , 1766 ), The Methodist ( London , 1766 ), Conversation ( London , 1767 ). ‘ Libidinoso ’ in The Methodist was believed to describe William Price of Rhiwlas (see the article on that family), who brought an action for libel. Lloyd spent a fortnight in the King's Bench prison and on 16 May 1768 was fined £50. His wit won him the friendship of John Wilkes and David Garrick . Lloyd wrote An Epistle to David Garrick ( London , 1773 ). He was abused by ‘ Scriblerius Flagellarius ’ ( William Kenrick ?) in A Whipping for the Welsh Parson ( London , 1773 ). He d. (unmarried) 26 Jan. 1776 .

Sources:

  • Llanycil parish register ;
  • Cardiff Manuscript 3.18 (33);
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses , 1715-1866 ;
  • The Gazetteer and London New Daily Advertiser , 18 May 1768 ;
  • NLW MSS 9664, 12294;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • [ Y Cymmrodor , xxix;
  • add now The National Library of Wales Journal , viii, 264-305, 426-48 (his unpublished letters)].

Author:

Cecil John Layton Price, Ph.D. (1915-91), Aberystwyth / Swansea

Published date: 1959