Arthur Lloyd (missionary)

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The Reverend
Arthur Lloyd
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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, St. John's College and Peterhouse College, Cambridge where he obtained a First Class degree in Classics in 1874.[1]

Consecrated as a deacon (1875) and priest (1876) in the Church of England by Bishop of Chester, William Jacobson. Served as curate at St. Barnabus, Liverpool (1875-1876) and subsequently at St. Mary the Great, Cambridge (1877-1879). Appointed a Fellow and Dean of Peterhouse College 1877-1879. Immediately prior to setting out for Japan was serving jointly as the Rector of Norton parish and as Vicar of Hunstanton, Norfolk. Married with two young children and an adopted niece.

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 to 1905, Lloyd was an active member of the Asiatic Society of Japan, serving as their President from 1903 to 1905 .[2] Much of Lloyd's early studies of Japanese Buddhism were published in the Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan.[3]

He is buried in Aoyama Cemetery.

Published works[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. p. 110. ISBN 978-1-55458-216-7. 
  3. ^ Ion, A. Hamish, The Cross and the Rising Sun, p.110