Sir J E Lloyd Manuscript

Scope and Content

The archive contains a notebook of Sir John Edward Lloyd, compiled whilst a student at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. The notes relate to the grammar and philology of the Sanskrit language, and are based upon the lectures of Dr Herman Ethe.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Edward Lloyd was born on 5 May 1861 at Liverpool. His family originally hailed from Penybontfawr, Montgomeryshire, and Lloyd remained loyal to these roots throughout his life. He was educated at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and subsequently at Lincoln College, Oxford, graduating in 1885 with a first class degree in history.

In 1885, Lloyd returned to Aberystwyth as a lecturere in Welsh and History. In 1892, he moved to the University of Wales, Bangor, becoming College Registrar, and assistant to Professor Reichel in the history department. In 1899, he followed Reichel to the Chair of History, and it was during this period that he was at his most productive. He wrote regularly on the subject of Welsh history for various journals, and published widely, including his well respected A History of Wales to the Edwardian Conquest, which appeared in 1911.

Lloyd was active on several committees across Wales. His original aim of becoming a Congregational minister meant that he was closely involved with the activities of the Union of Welsh Congregationalists. He was also prominent in the activities of the Board of Celtic Studies, the Welsh Antiquary Society, and the National Eisteddfod, amongst others. In 1930, he was made a Fellow of the British Academy. He died on 20 June 1947.

Access Information

The papers may be consulted through application by e-mail to: or by post to: Aberystwyth University, Archives, Information Services, Llandinam Building, Penglais, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DB. Tel: 01970 628593.


Description compiled by Rhian Phillips, Archives Hub project archivist, with reference to R T Jenkins and E D Jones (eds.), Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig 1941-1950, (London: The Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, 1970), pp. 40-42.

Other Finding Aids

Basic finding aid available on request from Archives staff.

Related Material

Further papers of J E Lloyd are held at the National Library of Wales, and at the Department of Manuscripts and Archives, University of Wales, Bangor.