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LLOYD ( LLWYD ), WILLIAM ( 1741 - 1808 ), Calvinistic Methodist exhorter ,

b. in 1741 , son of Dafydd Llwyd of Blaen-clawdd , Caeo, Carms. When he was 18 years of age he heard a sermon preached by Peter Williams (q.v.) , which made a deep impression upon him, but it was a year later, after listening to Evan Jones of Lledrod , that he was completely converted. He joined the Independent church at Crug-y-bar , but in 1760 he and a number of other members left the church and re-started the Methodist society at Caeo . He began to preach in 1763 and soon became one of the most influential and fiery preachers in Wales . He travelled from one end of the country to the other for 40 years, but after marrying Margaret Jones of the ‘ Black Lion ,’ Llansawel , his home was at Henllan Gaeo . Williams of Pantycelyn wrote a remarkable poem when Lloyd 's young son d. in 1783 . He d. 17 April 1808 , and was buried in Caeo churchyard. Pantycelyn , in his elegy on Daniel Rowland calls him ‘ the wise Lloyd .’


  • W. Williams , Darluniad Gras (1785) , etc., 1785 ;
  • Y Drysorfa , Dec. 1809 ;
  • Methodistiaeth Cymru (1851–6) , ii, 431-3;
  • F. S. Price , History of Caio, Carmarthenshire (Swansea, 1904) , 48-9.


Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959