LLOYD, John ap Robert (by 1524-55 or later), of Newborough, Anglesey.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Family and Education

b. by 1524. at least 3s.1

Offices Held

Yeoman, the chamber by 1545; subsidy collector, Newborough 1555.2


This Member is almost certainly to be identified with the ‘John ap Robert Lloyd, yeoman of the guard, alias late of the town of Newborough’, who with his son Edward was granted a pardon on 30 May 1550 for a murder in the commote of Menai, and given full restitution of lands and goods. If so, he was also the John ap Robert, yeoman of the chamber, to whom payment of wages is recorded in 1545, and the association with Newborough makes it likely that, as John Lloyd, he was assessed for taxation there at £9 in 1547.3

Little else has been discovered about Lloyd save his involvement in two lawsuits. He was defendant with William Sackville in a case heard before the general surveyors probably soon after 1540. The action was brought by the tenants and inhabitants of the townships of Treferwydd and Ysceifiog after their eviction by Sackville, who had obtained at lease of the two townships with the aid of Lloyd. In the second case, heard in 1545, it was Lloyd who sought protection from Owen ap Hugh and his uncle Lewis ab Owen ap Meurig. Described this time as John ap Robert, he and another, being ‘the King’s tenants and inhabitants of the township of Rhosfair’ (i.e. Newborough), declared to the general surveyors that they and their ancestors had peacefully occupied their holdings until that year, when they had been harassed by ap Hugh and ab Owen, who on the strength of a fraudulent lease had entered Lloyd’s property and impounded three of his horses: the plaintiffs called for remedy.4

The Journal does not mention Lloyd, but it was presumably he who was behind the proviso freeing Newborough from payment towards the Members for Beaumaris which was added in the Commons to the bill making Beaumaris the shire town for Anglesey. As this bill became an Act (2 and 3 Edw. VI, no. 54), Lloyd was the third and last Member for Newborough, his appearance on the list of Members as revised for the fourth and final session implying that he remained in the Commons until the end of the Parliament in 1552.5

Lloyd was still alive in 1555 when he was assessed for taxation at Newborough, as was his son Edward; but after this time nothing is heard of him.6

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: P. S. Edwards


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from first reference.
  • 2. LP Hen. VIII, xx; E179/219/14.
  • 3. CPR, 1549-51, p. 328; LP Hen. VIII, xx; E179/219/6.
  • 4. Augmentations (Univ. Wales Bd. Celtic Studies, Hist. and Law ser. xiii), 5; E321/8/9.
  • 5. Hatfield 207.
  • 6. E179/219/14.