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LLOYD , JOHN ( Einion Môn ; 1792 - 1834 ), schoolmaster and poet ;

b. at Pwllgynnau , Ceidio , Anglesey . Almost everything we know of his life comes from an anonymous elegy printed in Y Gwyliedydd ( 1834 , 375) and from Y Gwladgarwr ( 1835 , 24). His parents d. when he was a child; he went to school at Llannerch-y-medd ; and at some time or other went up to London . It is sometimes said that he was a ‘ lawyer ’ (? a lawyer's clerk ); but the notice of his death in Y Gwyliedydd ( 1834 , 288) describes him as a teacher in ‘ Sir John Cass's School ’ — it is added that two of the duke of Wellington 's sons were at that school, and that Lloyd tutored them at their home during vacations. He became a member of the London Gwyneddigion in 1827 ( Leathart , Origin … of the Gwyneddigion , 110). He was also a member of the Cymreigyddion , becoming vice-president and official ‘bard’ of that Society; and when clerics in Wales attacked the society, Lloyd , in 1829 , composed a reply to these ‘ brainless chatterers ’ as he called them. The reports of Cymreigyddion meetings, in Seren Gomer , show that he also lectured to the society. But in 1832 we find him, in company with Griffith Davies , F.R.S. (q.v.) , protesting vigorously against the increasingly Radical tone of the society — see the debate in Y Gwyliedydd and in Seren Gomer — though, if the elegy can be trusted, he had himself taken a prominent part in the protest against enclosures of commons in Llandwrog and Llanwnda, Caerns. He wrote verse , not only in Welsh but also in English — in Seren Gomer , 1832 , 55, there is a Welsh translation (by Eryron Gwyllt Walia , q.v. ) of a poem by Lloyd ( 1831 ) on Spring. He d. 3 Aug. 1834 , aged 42.

Sources:

  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , ii, 228-9;
  • information from Mr. Robert Owen , Croesor;
  • other references above.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959