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LLOYD , WILLIAM ( 1771 - 1841 ), Methodist cleric ;

b. in 1771 , son of Robert and Elinor Lloyd of Pen-y-maes , Nevin, Caerns. ; [his father had a small estate in Llannor ]. He was educated at Botwnnog grammar school and Jesus College , Oxford ; ordained in 1801 , and licensed to Rhoscolyn , Llanfair yn Neubwll , and Llanfihangel , Anglesey . It was not long before he joined the Methodists ; [and he was deprived in 1805 in consequence]. He lived for a time at Caernarvon and Nevin ; then, kept a school at Brynaerau , near Clynnog , after which, in 1817 , he went to Caernarvon to keep another school. There he spent the rest of his life, exercising great influence among the Methodists of North Wales for, although he was not a great preacher , his piety was recognised. He was one of the few clergymen of the Established Church (three only in North Wales Lloyd , Thomas Charles , and Simon Lloyd (q.v.)) who remained faithful to the Methodists after the 1811 ordination. He d. 10 April 1841 , and was buried in Llanbeblig churchyard; [the statement on his tombstone that he was a Fellow of Jesus finds no corroboration either in Foster or in the list of Fellows in Hardy , Jesus College ].


  • Y Drysorfa , 1844 , passim ;
  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd (1895) , ii, 315-21;
  • [ Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • J. Jones (‘Myrddin Fardd’) , Enwogion Sir Gaernarfon (1922) , 252].


Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959