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LLOYD , JOHN ( 1638 - 1687 ), principal of Jesus College, Oxford, and bishop of S. Davids ;

the son of Morgan Lloyd of Pendine , he came of an ancient Carmarthenshire family. He matriculated at Merton College , Oxford , 10 March 1656-7 , graduated B.A. 1659 , M.A. 1662 , B.D. on 15 March 1669/70 , and D.D. in 1674 . He became a Fellow of Jesus College soon after the Restoration , and was senior Fellow when, in 1673 , he was elected principal to succeed Sir Leoline Jenkins (q.v.) . He was vice-chancellor of the university , 1682-5 . He became rector of Llandawke, Carms. , in 1668 , of Langwm, Pembs. , in 1671 , and of Burton in 1672 . He was made precentor of Llandaff , 9 April 1672 , and treasurer on 10 May 1679 . He was consecrated bishop of S. Davids at Lambeth 17 Oct. 1686 , holding Llandawke and Burton ‘in commendam.’ He was then in failing health, and according to his epitaph, accepted his preferment with great reluctance. He d. at Jesus College 13 Feb. 1686/7 , and was buried in the chapel there. In all probability he never visited his diocese.


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Hardy , Jesus College (1899) ;
  • Alcwyn Evans ‘Bonedd y Cymru’ ( NLW MS 12356).


Walter Thomas Morgan (1912-90), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959