Simon and Sarah Lloyd had six children. The fourth of these was LYDIA LLOYD , who m. Thomas Foulkes (q.v.) . The eldest, Simon (b. 1756 ), is the subject of the present notice. He is said to have been schooled at Bath , and a letter by Thomas Charles ( D. E. Jenkins , Thomas Charles , i, 153) shows that he also went to Queen Elizabeth's school at Carmarthen . In April 1775 he went to Jesus College , Oxford , graduating in 1779 ( Foster , Alumni Oxon. ). He was ordained, and was curate at Olveston from 1779 till 1783 ; then he obtained curacies at Llandegla and Bryneglwys, Denbs. He lost Bryneglwys in Oct. 1783 for consorting with the Methodists , but retained Llandegla till 1788 . It is often said that he was curate at Llangwm and Cerrig-y-drudion , but this is an error — he applied for these curacies, but that was before he left Olveston . On the other hand, it is certain that he was curate of his home parish of Llanycil , for a period whose beginning is uncertain but which lasted till 1800 despite his rector's dislike of Methodism ( Jenkins , op. cit., ii, 402, etc.). In May 1800 he was invited by the parishioners of Llanuwchllyn to become curate there; the patron ( Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn ) assented after some hesitation, but the bishop (in Nov.) flatly refused to institute him. From that time on Lloyd held no office in the Church (his means were ample for his needs), though he took services from time to time, down to 1811 at least. He was a bosom friend of Thomas Charles 's; there are many of their mutual letters in D. E. Jenkins 's book, and it was Lloyd who wrote Charles 's obituary notice in the Evangelical Magazine , 1815 . He acquired great influence among North Wales Methodists — by 1811 he was (with Charles , and William Lloyd , 1771 - 1841 , q.v.) one of the only three Methodist clerics there. He was not an eloquent preacher , and indeed deprecated ‘revivalism.’ Though, as it happened, he took no actual part in the Methodist Ordination of 1811 , it is known that he approved of it. He published in 1817 Amseryddiaeth Ysgrythyrol , and in 1828 a commentary on Revolutions ; and in the years 1819-27 (see T. M. Jones , Llenyddiaeth fy Ngwlad , 76) edited the third series of Y Drysorfa . He m. ( 1789 ) Bridget Price of Rhydcolomennod ( Llangrannog, Cards. ), and they had eight children. He took considerable interest in improved methods of farming . The family estates remained in the possession of his descendants till very lately — see the list of Plas-yn-dre properties in Y Seren ( Bala ), 26 May 1951 . Lloyd d. 6 Nov. 1836 , and was buried in the family vault at Llanycil .
Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor
Published date: 2001