Born at Llanystumdwy, Caernarfonshire, 12 July 1834, son of Dafydd and Rebecca Llwyd. His father was a shoemaker and the pastor of the Church of the Disciples of Christ, Pen-y-maes, Criccieth; after a short time at a Llanystumdwy school Richard Lloyd was apprenticed to his father and ultimately followed him both in the pastorate and in the business. He was ordained joint pastor with William Williams in April 1859. In the same year his sister Elizabeth married a young schoolmaster, William George; the latter died in 1864 and Richard Lloyd took his sister and her three children under his wing and from that day devoted his life to them. There were two boys and a girl, one of the two boys being David Lloyd George (the prime minister). The uncle superintended the education of the two boys, helped them to become solicitors, and when David Lloyd George entered Parliament, acted as his wise and inspiring counsellor. Lloyd George at all times acknowledged his profound debt to his uncle. After giving up his shoemaking business he helped the two young lawyers in their office. He was a man of exceptional gifts of intellect and character. He never married. He died 28 February 1917, and was buried in the Criccieth public cemetery on 3 March.
Published date: 1959
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