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LLOYD , WILLIAM ( 1637 - 1710 ), bishop of Llandaff ( 1675-1679 );

son of Edward Lloyd , rector of Llangower in Merioneth , who was ejected from his living by the Puritan authorities , though the documentary evidence for the action is difficult to obtain. Educated at S. John's College , Cambridge , he was M.A. in 1662 and D.D. in 1670 . In 1675 he was made bishop of Llandaff , the last Welshman to hold the see for 200 years. He was an exact and aggressive prelate; he put the Clarendon code in full operation against sectaries (frowning very much on delays caused by the issue of Chancery writs of ‘supersedeas’), and he took strong action against unsatisfactory clerics and officials, even pronouncing the ‘greater excommunication’ upon the principal registrar of the consistory court of Llandaff . He was translated to Peterborough in 1679 and to Norwich in 1685 . It was only by accident that he was prevented from joining his namesake of S. Asaph (q.v.) and raising the Seven Bishops into eight in 1688 . At the Revolution he became a Nonjuror , and after Sancroft 's death he was their acknowledged leader till his own demise, 1 Jan. 1709/10 . His son John m. the daughter and heiress of bishop Humphrey Humphreys (q.v.) .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (1914) , 221, 235, 236;
  • Bradney , Acts of the Bishops of Llandaff (1908–12) , ii, 105-13;
  • Tanner Manuscript xxxix, 47.


Thomas Richards, D.Litt., (1878-1962), Bangor

Published date: 1959