William Lloyd (bishop of Worcester)

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William Lloyd
Bishop of St Asaph, Lichfield and Coventry and Worcester
Installed 1689
Personal details
Born 1627
Tilehurst, Berkshire
Died 30 August 1717(1717-08-30) (aged 90)
Hartlebury Castle, Worcestershire
Buried church of Fladbury, near Kvesham, Worcestershire
Denomination Church of England
Parents father Richard Lloyd, grandfather David Lloyd of Henblas, Anglesey.
Children at least one son
Alma mater Oriel and Jesus Colleges, Oxford

William Lloyd (1627 – 30 August 1717) was an English divine who served successively as bishop of St Asaph, of Lichfield and Coventry and of Worcester.


Lloyd was born at Tilehurst, Berkshire, in 1627, the son of Richard Lloyd, then vicar, who was the son of David Lloyd of Henblas, Anglesey. By the age of eleven, he had understanding in Greek and Latin, and somewhat of Hebrew, before attending Oriel and Jesus Colleges, and Oxford (later becoming a Fellow of Jesus College). He graduated M.A. in 1646. In 1663 he was prebendary of Ripon, in 1667 prebendary of Salisbury, in 1668 archdeacon of Merioneth, in 1672 dean of Bangor and prebendary of St Paul's, London, in 1680 bishop of St Asaph, in 1689 lord-almoner, in 1692 bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, and in 1699 bishop of Worcester. As Bishop of Lichfield he rebuilt the diocesan residence at Eccleshall Castle, which had been destroyed in the Civil War. [1]

Lloyd was an indefatigable opponent of the Roman Catholic tendencies of James II of England, and was one of the seven bishops who, for refusing to have the Declaration of Indulgence read in his diocese, was charged with publishing a seditious libel against the king and acquitted (1688).

He engaged Gilbert Burnet to write The History of the Reformation of the Church of England and provided him with much material. He was a good scholar and a keen student of biblical apocalyptic literature and himself "prophesied" to Anne, Queen of Great Britain, Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer, William Whiston, and John Evelyn the diarist. Lloyd was a staunch supporter of the Glorious Revolution.

He lived to the age of ninety-one and died at Hartlebury Castle on 30 August 1717. He was buried in the church of Fladbury, near Evesham in Worcestershire, of which his son was rector and where a monument is erected to his memory with a long inscription.[2]


  • His chief publication was An Historical Account of Church Government as it was in Great Britain and Ireland when they first received the Christian Religion (London, 1684, reprinted Oxford, 1842).
  • He added a revised version of Ussher's chronology to a 1701 edition of the 1611 Authorised Version of the Bible, published in folio, under the direction of archbishop Tenison.[2]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Chalmer's Biography 1812, William Lloyd (1627–1717); vol. 20, p. 347; majority text
    http://words.fromoldbooks.org/Chalmers-Biography/l/lloyd-william.html (retrieved 5 March 2011 13:17:17)
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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Griffith Williams
Dean of Bangor
Succeeded by
Humphrey Humphreys
Preceded by
Isaac Barrow
Bishop of St Asaph
Succeeded by
Edward Jones
Preceded by
Thomas Wood
Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry
Succeeded by
John Hough
Preceded by
Edward Stillingfleet
Bishop of Worcester
Succeeded by
John Hough