George Lloyd (bishop of Chester)

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Oil painting of the head and shoulders of a man with a brown beard in clerical dress
Bishop George Lloyd in 1600

George Lloyd (1561–1615) was born in Wales, and became Bishop of Sodor and Man, then Bishop of Chester. He is remembered for Bishop Lloyd's House in Chester, which he had built in the years before his death, and which is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building.[1]


His father was Meredith Lloyd of Llanelian-yn-Rhos, Denbighshire.[2]

He was educated at the King's School, Chester, and at Jesus College, Cambridge.[3] He became a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge around 1586. He was rector of Heswall, Cheshire from 1597. He became Bishop of Sodor and Man in 1600,[4][5] and Bishop of Chester in 1605.

A former lecturer at Chester Cathedral, he was tolerant of Puritan views in his diocese.[6] In local politics, he opposed Robert Whitby, a nominee of Lord Ellesmere as clerk of the Pentice, who was building a family factional position in the city.[7]


His daughter Anne married Thomas Yale, whose son David was father of Elihu Yale, benefactor of the college now named for him. Anne married secondly Theophilus Eaton, merchant, diplomat, and, later, one of the founders and the first governor of the New Haven Colony. The Eatons emigrated to New England in 1637, aboard the Hector of London.[8][9]


  1. ^ Historic England, "No.41 Street and Nos.51 & 53 Row (Bishop Lloyd's House), Chester (1376439)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 20 July 2013
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  3. ^ "Lloyd, George (LLT579G)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
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  8. ^ Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham, Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families (2005), p. 910.
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External links

  • Welsh Biography Online
  • Chester Grosvenor Museum's delighted at bishop purchase
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Meyrick
Bishop of Sodor and Man
Succeeded by
John Philips
Preceded by
Richard Vaughan
Bishop of Chester
Succeeded by
Thomas Morton
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