The son of John Lloyd of Dinas, Brecon, he was educated at Bridgnorth Endowed School before attending St John's College, Oxford. He did not graduate, instead leaving Oxford to manage his family's estates in Breconshire, Monmouthshire and Herefordshire.
In 1877 Lloyd moved to London, where he was called to the bar at the Middle Temple. In London he became involved in local government, and as secretary of the London Municipal Reform League campaigned for the creation of the London County Council. When the first elections to the county council were held in January 1889, he was elected as a Progressive Party councillor representing North Kensington. Re-elected in 1892, he was defeated in 1895 and failed to regain his council seat at subsequent elections.
Lloyd took a great interest in the traditions and history of his native county. He ammassed a collection of papers and documents which he used as the basis of three publications: Historical Memoranda of Breconshire (two volumes 1903 and 1904), The Great Forest of Brecknock (1905) and The Early History of the Old South Wales Ironworks (1906).
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Death Of Mr. John Lloyd. Work For London Municipal Reform". The Times: p. 5. 9 June 1915.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 LLOYD, JOHN (1833-1915), Welsh Biography Online
- ↑ Nicholas, Thomas. Annals & Antiquities of the Counties & County Families of Wales, Volume 2, 1872, p.117 .
- ↑ "The County Councils - London Polls". The Times: p. 9. 18 January 1889.
- ↑ "The London County Council Election". The Times: p. 10. 7 March 1892.
- ↑ "London County Council Election". The Times: p. 4. 4 March 1895.
- ↑ Historical memoranda of Breconshire; a collection of papers from various sources relating to the history of the County Volume 1
- ↑ Historical memoranda of Breconshire; a collection of papers from various sources relating to the history of the County Volume 2 
- ↑ The Great Forest of Brecknock: History of the Forest from the Conquest of England to the Present Time,