About Sir Richard Lloyd, MP
Family and Education b. c.1634, 4th but 3rd surv. s. of Andrew Lloyd (d.1663) of Aston Hall, Oswestry, Salop by Margaret, da. of Thomas Powell of Whittington Park, Salop. educ. Shrewsbury 1648; G. Inn 1655; All Souls, Oxf. BCL 1659, DCL 1662; advocate, Doctors’ Commons 1664. m. Elizabeth, da. of John Jones, apothecary, of the Strand, Westminster, 8s. (5 d.v.p.) 3da. Kntd. 16 Jan. 1677.1
Fellow of All Souls 1655-?64; chancellor, Lichfield dioc. by Dec. 1660-?69, Durham dioc. (spiritual) 1676-d.; judge of Admiralty, Hants and I.o.W. 1669-85; freeman, E.I. Co. 1676; commr. for assessment, London 1679-80; j.p. co. Dur. 1680-d., common councilman, Berwick-upon-Tweed 1685-d.2
Advocate, high court of Admiralty 1674-85, judge 1685-d.; dean of the arches 1684-d.3
Biography Lloyd’s family, of Denbighshire origin, appear to have settled in the Oswestry area in Elizabethan times. His father, a parliamentary colonel, and one of the ‘best affected and most zealous patriots’ on the Shropshire committee, was returned for the county in 1656, but excluded from the first session of this Parliament. Lloyd, however, was a devout Anglican and a Tory. A civil lawyer, he stood high in favour with Nathaniel Crew, bishop of Durham, who made him spiritual chancellor of the diocese and brought him in for the city after a contest at the second general election of 1679. On 21 Dec. 1680 he spoke against the bill for uniting the Protestants: ‘This bill seems to look one way, but doth look another; and hopes that nobody will easily, at one blow, part with so ancient and so excellent a liturgy’. Nevertheless this was the only committee to which he was appointed in the second Exclusion Parliament. He was re-elected unopposed in 1681, but left no trace on the records of the Oxford Parliament.4
Lloyd was moderately active in James II’s Parliament, in which he was named to five committees. He took the chair on the bill for the repair of Bangor Cathedral and carried it to the Lords. Presumably he gave satisfaction to the King in the first session, for on 1 Oct. 1685 he was appointed to preside in the high court of Admiralty. ‘New brooms sweep clean’, Sir William Trumbull was informed a few months later; ‘in a little time there will be no occasion for an advocate.’ But he was taken ill early in the new year and died on 28 June 1686, aged 52. Bishop Crew described his loss as irreparable, and was sure that as dean of the arches there could hardly be ‘a fitter person for learning, loyalty and integrity’. He was buried at St. Benet, Paul’s Wharf. Lloyd’s will shows that he had put most of his savings into East India and Royal Africa Company stock. His eldest son followed the same profession, becoming master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1710, but none of his descendants entered Parliament, though his nephew Robert sat for Shropshire as a high Tory from 1699 to 1708.5
Ref Volumes: 1660-1690 Author: Gillian Hampson Notes 1. Le Neve’s Knights (Harl. Soc. viii), 314; J. E. Auden, Shrewsbury Sch. Reg. 34; information from Mr J. S. G. Simmons; PCC 98 Lloyd. 2. Llandaff Recs. ii. 5; Hutchinson, Dur. ii. 256; HMC Downshire, i. 192; Ind. 24557; Cal. Ct. Mins. E.I. Co. ed. Sainsbury, x. 310; CSP Dom. 1685, p. 67. 3. Haydn, Dignities, 420, 423. 4. Vis. Salop (Harl. Soc. xxix) 339; Trans. Salop Arch. Soc. ser. 4, xi. 183-4; J. R. Phillips, Civil War in Wales, ii. 123; C. E. Whiting, Nathaniel Lord Crewe, 109; HMC 12th Rep. IX, 102. 5. CJ, ix. 753; HMC Downshire, i. 77, 189; Whiting, op. cit. 146; Paul’s Wharf (Harl. Soc. Reg. xli), 90; Strype, Hist. London, ii. 384.