John Davies Knatchbull Lloyd

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John Davies Knatchbull Lloyd (28 April 1900 – 13 December 1978), generally known as J. D. K. Lloyd, was born on 28 April 1900 at Plas Trefaldwyn, Montgomery in the present day county of Powys in mid Wales. He was the elder son (his younger brother was Wyndham Edward Buckley Lloyd, F.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. 1901-1980) of John Maurice Edward Lloyd, M.A., of Plas Trefaldwyn, Montgomeryshire, a barrister of Lincoln's Inn.[1] He went to Winchester School and Trinity College Oxford[2] (M.A.), and was a member of the Hypocrites' Club alongside Evelyn Waugh, Anthony Powell, Robert Byron and many other prominent figures of the time; he received the nickname 'the Widow' in reference to a shaving lotion, 'The Widow Lloyd's Euxesis'. Lloyd's name appears in conjunction with this nickname in the journals and letters of many of his contemporaries for decades afterward.[3] Following his education he embarked on a long life devoted to antiquarian research and to his community.

Public service career[edit]

  • 1929-1946: Secretary of the council for the preservation of rural Wales.
  • 1934: Justice of the Peace
  • 1937-1967: Secretary of the Powysland Club.
  • 1940: High Sheriff of Montgomeryshire[4]
  • 1948-1951: Chairman of the Montgomeryshire Health Executive Council
  • 1953-1955: Chairman of Montgomeryshire Planning Committee
  • 1956-1969: editor of Archaeologia Cambrensis
  • 1957-1974: Chairman of the Montgomeryshire County library Committee
  • 1957: Awarded OBE
  • 1960: Deputy Lieutenant of the county of Powys
  • 1969: Honorary LLD from the University of Wales
  • Mayor of Montgomery: 1932-1938 and 1961–1962
  • Member of the Historic Buildings Council for Wales
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

J. D. K. Lloyd wrote many articles and guides to Montgomery. He donated Dolforwyn Castle to the Welsh Ancient Monument Board (now Cadw) in 1955.

He died on 13 December 1978.


  1. ^ The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal, Exeter volume, the Marquis of Ruvigny and Raineval, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994, pg 104
  2. ^ Edward Burra: Twentieth Century Eye, Jane Stevenson, Pimlico, 2008, pg 90
  3. ^ Edward Burra: Twentieth Century Eye, Jane Stevenson, Pimlico, 2008, pg 90
  4. ^ "No. 34807". The London Gazette. 8 March 1940. p. 11382.