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LLOYD , EVAN ( 1800 - 1879 ) and JOHN ( fl. 1833-1859 ), printers and publishers ;

everything (e.g. the title of the firm, ‘ John and Evan Lloyd ’) suggests that John was the elder brother, but attempts to find his dates have so far been unsuccessful. The firm must have been printing at Mold in 1833 at the latest, for it was in that year that Owen Jones ( Meudwy Môn , q.v.) became a proof-reader in their office, more especially to correct the proofs of the Biblical commentary by James Hughes ( 1779 - 1844 ) (q.v.) . Under Owen Jones 's editorship the Lloyds began, in 1834 , the short-lived Y Cynniweirydd . In Jan. 1835 the brothers began to publish Y Newyddiadur Hanesyddol , under Owen Jones 's editorship , but after two numbers he entered the employ of a colliery, having in the meantime persuaded Roger Edwards (q.v.) to come to Mold to take his place in the printing office. Edwards changed the name of the (monthly) newspaper to Cronicl yr Oes ; under him and his successor, Hugh Pugh ( 1803 - 1868 ) (q.v.) , it was strongly Radical. Towards the end of 1838 the brothers parted company; John Lloyd moved to Holywell , and the last two numbers of the Cronicl ( Dec. 1838 and Jan. 1839 ) were published there by ‘ Lloyd and Evans ’ — the new partner was P. M. Evans (q.v.) . In 1848 , John Lloyd left Holywell for Liverpool , having purchased the business of John Jones ( 1790 - 1855 ) (q.v. in App.), which included the printing and publishing of Yr Amserau — at one time he removed to the Isle of Man , hoping to escape the stamp duty on newspapers, but the stratagem failed, and he had to return to Liverpool . Lloyd sold Yr Amserau in 1859 to Thomas Gee (q.v.) of Denbigh , who amalgamated it with Baner Cymru . John Lloyd 's subsequent history remains for the present undiscovered.

Evan Lloyd , b. at Mold , left it for London in 1838 , and entered the civil service . He attained a good position in the Inland Revenue department . He d. 2 May 1879 , at 81, Carlton Hill , London , aged 79.


  • T. M. Jones , Llenyddiaeth fy Ngwlad (1893) , 13, 17, 18, 90;
  • T. Gwynn Jones , Cofiant Thomas Gee (Denbigh, 1913) (index);
  • information from the late Mr. Robert Roberts , Flint;
  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 1879 .
  • Unfortunately, J. Ifano Jones 's A history of printing and printers in Wales to 1810, and of successive and related printers to 1923 (1925) omits these Lloyds.


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

Published date: 1959