William Lloyd (archdeacon of Durban)

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William Henry Cynric Lloyd, Archdeacon of Durban (13 January 1802 – 3 January 1881) was an Anglican clergyman.

Lloyd was the son of Bell Lloyd, brother to Edward Lloyd, 1st Baron Mostyn, and Anne Anson see George Anson (1731-1789), sister of the Thomas Anson, 1st Viscount Anson and niece of Edward Venables-Vernon-Harcourt, Archbishop of York. He was brought up at the Anson seat, Shugborough Hall and at Lord Mostyn's castle in Flintshire.

He entered Jesus College, Oxford, with a scholarship in 1819 (which he held until 1829), obtaining his B.A. degree in 1822 and his M.A. degree in 1825.[1][2]

He became chaplain to his cousin the Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield and was also rector of Norbury, Staffordshire.

Accompanied by his family Lloyd arrived in Durban, South Africa in 1849 as the first Colonial Chaplain appointed by Earl Grey. With the arrival of Bishop John William Colenso in Natal in 1854 Lloyd was involved in the 'Colenso Controversy'.[3] He was rector of St. Paul's Church, Durban and subsequently Archdeacon of Durban. As military chaplain at the Fort during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 he played an important role in the life of the soldiers.

He married firstly Lucy Jeffreys (died 1843) the daughter of the Rev. John Jeffreys, and secondly married Ellen Norman (died 1903), daughter of the Revd Henry Norman. His cousin Major-General Banastyre Pryce Lloyd joined him in Durban in 1869. Archdeacon Lloyd's children remained in Natal and gained various distinctions;

  • Jemima Charlotte Lloyd (1837–1909) married philologist and librarian Wilhelm Bleek.
  • Lucy Lloyd (1834–1914) renowned traveller and African linguist.
  • William Llewelyn Lloyd married Baroness Maria von Gross-Zauche, daughter of the German consul to Namibia.
  • Alfred Norman Mostyn Lloyd (1868–1941), registrar of deeds, Pietermaritzburg, and father of Anson Lloyd (b. 1914), chairman of the Board of Governors of Michaelhouse, a school the men of the family traditionally have attended.


  • Burke's Peerage Baronetage & Knightage, 107th Edition (ISBN 0971196621)
  • Who's Who: South Africa


  1. ^ Foster, Joseph (1891/92). Alumni Oxonienses: The Members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886. ISBN 978-1-85506-843-8.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "University Intelligence". Lancaster Gazette. 21 May 1825. p. 4 col D. Retrieved 2014-11-10 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "Bishop Colenso and His Clergy". Wrexham Advertiser. 29 August 1863. p. 4 col E. Retrieved 2014-11-10 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).