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LLOYD family, of Peterwell, Cards.

WALTER LLOYD (d. 1747 ), barrister-at-law ; son of Walter Lloyd of Voelallt, Cards. He m., probably in 1713 , Elizabeth , daughter and heiress of Daniel Evans of Peterwell ( high sheriff of Cardiganshire , 1692 ). He was mayor of Cardigan , 1710 , 1711 , 1714 , 1718 , 1721 , attorney-general for South Wales (the counties of Cardigan , Carmarthen , and Pembroke ), and judge of equity in North and South Wales , 1735 . He was M.P. for Cardiganshire , 1734-42 , voted for the Convention, 1739 , but was unseated, on petition, in Feb. 1742 . He d. 1747 .


Walter Lloyd was succeeded in his estates and the office of attorney-general for the three counties by his eldest surviving son, JOHN LLOYD (d. 1755 ), who was M.P. for Cardiganshire from 1747 until his death in 1755 . John Lloyd m. (1) Elizabeth , daughter and coheiress of Sir Isaac Le Hemp (or Le Hoop ), who is mentioned in Paul Whitehead The State Dunces , and (2) a Miss Savage . He was an intimate friend of many well-known men of the day including Henry Fox (afterwards lord Holland ) Sir Charles Hanbury-Williams (q.v.) and Richard Rigby , the paymaster-general . In 1750 he became the owner of the Maes-y-felin estate ( see the preceding article ) on the death of his brother-in-law, Sir Lucius Christianus Lloyd the third and last baronet . He d. without issue in 1755 and was buried at Lampeter .


John Lloyd was succeeded by his younger brother HERBERT LLOYD ( 1719 - 1769 ) who had resided at Voelallt in the parish of Llanddewibrefi . He matriculated from Jesus College , Oxford in 1738 and was called to the Bar ( Inner Temple ) in 1742 . In the same year he m. his first wife a Miss Bragg of Essex who d. in 1743 ; he m. (2) Anne , daughter of William Powell of Nanteos and widow of Richard Stedman of Strata Florida . Herbert Lloyd was M.P. for Cardigan boroughs from 1761 to 1768 , and was an unsuccessful candidate and petitioner in 1769 . On 2 Nov. 1761 he presented a congratulatory address from his constituency to George III on his accession to the throne and on 26 Jan. 1763 he was created a baronet . Of imposing presence, Sir Herbert was a man of great force of character, imperious, and tyrannical, and the reputed author of several violent deeds which have become almost legendary in Cardiganshire , and of which one has been the subject of a Welsh play. In his younger days he was the leader of several riotous gatherings , including the attack on Lewis Morris (q.v.) when the latter was superintendent of the king's mines at Esgair-mwyn in 1753 . He d. by his own hand in London on 19 Aug. 1769 , his estates heavily encumbered by debt. With his death the Lloyd s of Peterwell , who had bid fair to become one of the most powerful and influential families in South Wales , died out in the male line.

Bibliography:

  • G. Eyre Evans , Lampeter , 1905 , 1905 ;
  • William Edmunds , On some old families in the neighbourhood of Lampeter, Cardiganshire read before the thirteenth annual meeting of the Cambrian Archaeological Association at Cardigan, 1859 , Denbigh, 1860 , 1860 ;
  • L. E. Lloyd-Theakston and J. Davies , Some family records & pedigrees of the Lloyds of Allt yr Odyn, Castell Hywel, Ffos y Bleiddiaid, Gilfach Wen, Llan Llyr and Waun Ifor , Oxford, 1912-1913 , 1913 ;
  • W. R. Williams , The History of the Parliamentary Representation of Wales , 1895 .

Author:

Major Herbert Johnes Lloyd-Johnes, F.S.A., (1900-83), Monmouth / Cirencester