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LLOYD , MORGAN ( 1820 - 1893 ), barrister and politician ;

b. at Cefngellgwm , Trawsfynydd , 14 July 1820 , son of Morris Lloyd , farmer . The family is stated to have been a branch of the family of Llwyd of Cynfal . Morgan Lloyd at first intended to become a land surveyor and assisted John Matthews (q.v.) in mapping Trawsfynydd parish in 1839 . He afterwards went to the Calvinistic Methodist College at Bala and subsequently to Edinburgh University . Becoming a member of the Middle Temple , he was called to the Bar in Jan. 1847 , and joined the North Wales and Chester circuit. He soon took a foremost place as an advocate and was very successful injury cases; his services were in great demand for the defence. He took silk in 1873 and in 1875 he was elected a Bencher of the Middle Temple . Amongst his publications was The Law and Practice of the County Courts . In 1868 he contested, unsuccessfully, the Anglesey boroughs as an advanced Liberal . He stood again in 1874 and was returned, although opposed by a Conservative and a Liberal candidate. He held the seat until 1885 , when it was merged in the county division, and in that year he contested Merioneth as an unofficial Liberal candidate , thus splitting the Liberal vote. The Conservative candidate was W. R. M. Wynne , of Peniarth , the official Liberal candidate being Henry Robertson (q.v.) , of Pale . Lloyd was defeated although he was strongly supported in the Ffestiniog and surrounding districts. He left Gladstone on the Home Rule issue and in 1892 unsuccessfully contested Anglesey county as a Liberal-Unionist . He was interested in Welsh educational movements ; he was sub-treasurer of the 1863 committee to consider the establishment of a Welsh university , and for some years he was honorary secretary to the Aberystwyth University College . He was twice m., first to a daughter of admiral Elphinstone Fleming , and secondly to Priscilla , daughter of James Lewes , Cwmhyar, Cards. He d. at Brook Green , near London , 5 Sept. 1893 , and was buried in Willesden cemetery.


  • Y Geninen (Gŵyl Dewi), March 1894 , 29;
  • E. A. Williams , Hanes Môn yn y Bedwaredd Ganrif ar Bymtheg (Llangefni, 1927) ;
  • W. C. Davies and W. L. Jones , The History of the University of Wales ;
  • private information.


Edward Morgan Humphreys, O.B.E., M.A., (1882-1955), Caernarfon

Published date: 1959