Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Lloyd, Charles (d.1661)

LLOYD or FLOYD, Sir CHARLES (d. 1661), royalist, was the son of Sergeant-major Brochwel Lloyd (Cal. State Papers, Dom. 1661–2, p. 223); Sir Godfrey Lloyd or Floyd [q. v.] was his younger brother. He served for some time in the English regiments in Dutch pay, was in 1640 a captain in the Earl of Northumberland's regiment in the army raised against the Scots, and was employed to fortify Berwick (ib. 1639–40, passim). He returned again to the king's service in the summer of 1642 (Peacock, Army Lists, 2nd ed. pp. 73, 92). Lloyd's military experience and skill as an engineer made him useful; he became quartermaster-general of the king's army, and was knighted at Oxford on 8 Dec. 1644 (Diary of Richard Symonds, p. 161). In the winter of 1644 he was occupied in the fortification of Faringdon, Berkshire, and was then sent to fortify Devizes, of which he became governor (Warburton, Prince Rupert, i. 521). In September 1645, after the capture of Bristol, Fairfax detached Cromwell to attack Devizes, which surrendered on 23 Sept., after a seven days' siege (Sprigge, Anglia Rediviva, ed. 1854, p. 133; Waylen, Hist. of Devizes, pp. 139–46). Parliamentarian writers praise the skill with which Lloyd had fortified the town, but Sir Edward Walker expresses the opinion that it was too easily surrendered, and that the governor deserved punishment (Sprigge, p. 133; Walker, Historical Discourses, p. 142). At the Restoration Lloyd petitioned for the continuance of the salary of 13s. 4d. a day granted him by Charles I, but never received any part of his salary, or any other compensation for his losses (Cal. State Papers, Dom. 1660–1 p. 302, 1661–2 p. 223). He died in 1661. Some of his letters are to be found among Prince Rupert's correspondence in the British Museum.

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