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LLOYD , JOHN ( 1833 - 1915 ), political reformer and antiquary ,

came of the Lloyd of Dinas ( Brecon ) family, whose original seat was at another Dinas , in the parish of Llanwrtyd . A member of this family, JOHN LLOYD ( 1748 - 1818 ), entered the service of the East India Company , fought against Tipu Sahib , and made a large fortune, out of which he bought the Abercynrig estate outside Brecon . His eldest son, JOHN LLOYD (b. at Brecon 3 June 1797 , d. 15 Dec. 1875 ), was at Eton and Balliol ; he was something of a figure in the eisteddfodau of his day, and published a volume of Latin and English poems ( 1847 , 2nd ed. 1875 ); it was he who built the present ( Brecon ) mansion of Dinas . This Lloyd 's youngest son, John Lloyd , the subject of the present notice, was b. at Dinas 3 Sept. 1833 , and educated at Bridgnorth and S. John's , Oxford . He left college without graduating and for a while managed the family estate ; in 1865 he was made J.P. , and in the same year m. a great-granddaughter of David Griffith ( 1726 - 1816 ) ; he was then a notable sportsman . In 1877 , however, he was called to the Bar and settled in London , where he engaged in much public activity. He became secretary of the ‘ London Municipal Reform Association ,’ whose struggle with the City Corporation paved the way for the establishment of the London County Council (of which Lloyd became a member); in Brecknock , he agitated for the removal of turnpike gates , and championed the cause of the commoners of the Great Forest of Brecknock . A copious pamphleteer and versifier , he warmly espoused the cause of Gladstone against Chamberlain . But his main claim to inclusion here is his very valuable work as an antiquary . Involved in disputes on manorial rights and ancient customs , he had formed a good collection of historical documents ; and he also rescued a mass of papers from the office of Henry Maybery , a Brecon attorney much concerned in the affairs of some of the early South Wales ironmasters [ treasurer of the county , and deputy-registrar of the consistory court ]. Lloyd published a good deal of record material in his three main works, Historical Memoranda of Breconshire ( Brecon , two vols., 1903 , 1904 ), The Great Forest of Brecknock ( London , 1905 ), and The Early History of the Old South Wales Ironworks ( London , 1906 ). He d. 6 June 1915 .


  • Theophilus Jones , History of the County of Brecknock (3rd ed.), ii, 214-5, iv, 179-81;
  • Edwin Davies , in the Brecon & Radnor County Times , 12 Sept. 1912 ;
  • information from Sir John Lloyd of Dinas, and Mr. W. T. Morgan of N.L.W.


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

Published date: 1959