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LLOYD , HUGH ( 1586 - 1667 ), bishop of Llandaff ;

a Cardiganshire man. He entered Oriel College , Oxford , as a servitor in 1607 , graduating B.A. in 1611 , M.A. in 1614 , in which year he became a Fellow of Jesus College , Oxford , proceeded B.D. in 1624 , and D.D. in 1638 . He held the livings of S. Andrews ( Dinas Powis ) in 1617 and of S. Nicholas , both in Glamorgan , in 1626 . He was marked out for preferment in 1632 and became sinecure rector of Denbigh in 1637 , rector of Hirnant, Mont. , 1638 , canon and archdeacon of S. David's , 1644 .

During the Civil War he became, like his father, a marked royalist . He was ejected ‘before the Act’ for the Propagation from his livings for plurality and for refusing the Covenant, but was allowed ‘fifths’ for some time. In May 1648 he was taken prisoner by colonel Horton after the battle of S. Fagans and was imprisoned for three weeks at Gloucester for disaffection to Parliament . On 9 Feb. 1651 orders were given for his arrest and in the following year his small estate at Eye , Herefordshire , which he held in his wife's right, was forfeited for treason. He fought against this, and with success. His case passed through the Council of State to the Glamorgan Committee , to Goldsmiths' Hall , to the Commissioner for Herefordshire and on 31 May 1652 an Order in Council allowed him the possession of the Eye property. In 1654 he held some ecclesiastical post at Fordham , Cambridgeshire .

At the Restoration Lloyd was elected bishop of Llandaff , 17 Oct. 1660 ; he was reinstated as archdeacon of S. David's ; received back his livings in Glamorganshire and Montgomeryshire , was made rector of Llangattock , Brecknock , and given the prebend of Caerau in Llandaff cathedral . He took an active interest in his diocese and was a protagonist of the free schools . He was author of Articles of Visitation and Enquiry concerning matters ecclesiastical and A Letter to the Clergy for support of the Free Schools ; in the latter he described Glamorgan as ‘ utterly destitute of schools .’ He d. 7 June 1667 , and was buried in Llandaff cathedral .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Wood , Athenae Oxonienses (1813–20) (ed. Bliss ), 1820 ;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Browne Willis , A survey of the Cathedral Church of Llandaff (1719) ;
  • T. Richards , A History of the Puritan Movement in Wales (1920) ;
  • Calendar of the Committee for Advance of Money, 1642–56 (1888) , 1642-56 ;
  • J. Walker , An attempt towards recovering an account of the numbers and sufferings of the clergy of the Church of England, heads of colleges, fellows, scholars, etc., who were sequester'd, harrass'd, etc. in the late times of the Grand Rebellion occasion'd by the ninth chapter (now the second volume) of Dr. Calamy's Abridgment of the life of Mr. Baxter. Together with an examination of that chapter (London, 1714) ;
  • Walker Manuscripts ;
  • Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series , 1660-61 .


Archdeacon Lawrence Thomas, D.D., (1889-1960), Aberafan

Published date: 1959