Arthur Lloyd (missionary)

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Arthur Lloyd
Personal details
Born (1852-04-10)April 10, 1852
Simla, India
Died 27 October 1911(1911-10-27) (aged 59)
Tokyo, Japan

Rev. Prof. Arthur Lloyd M.A. (10 April 1852 – 27 October 1911) A minister of the Church of England, Fellow and Dean of Peterhouse College, Cambridge, academic, translator and biographer who served as an Anglican missionary to Japan.

Remembered for his contributions as a minister in the Anglican Church in Japan and for his pioneering studies into Japanese Buddhism.

Background and Early Life[edit]

Born in Shimla India in 1852, son of Major Frederick Lloyd of the Bengal Native Infantry. Educated at Brewood Grammar School, Staffordshire and at Peterhouse College, Cambridge where he obtained a First Class degree in Classics.[1]

Missionary Work in Japan[edit]

Arrived in Japan in 1884 as a missionary for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.

As well as his church mission work, Lloyd held various positions in Japan as an academic at Keio University, a lecturer at the Imperial University and at the Imperial Navy War College. From 1897 to 1903 Lloyd served as President of Rikkyo University.

For many years, both as Librarian and as serving President from 1903-1905, Lloyd was an active member of the Asiatic Society of Japan.[2] Much of Lloyd's early studies of Japanese Buddhism were published in the Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan.[3]

Published works[edit]

  • The Creed of Half Japan, Historical Sketches of Japanese Buddhism, 1911
  • Development of Japanese Buddhism
  • The Life of Admiral Togo, 1905


  1. ^ "Obituary". Text from the Japan Mail. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Ion, A. Hamish (1993). The Cross and the Rising Sun. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Wilfred Laurier University Press. p. 110. ISBN 978-1-55458-216-7. 
  3. ^ Ion, A. Hamish, The Cross and the Rising Sun, p.110