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LLOYD, GEORGE (1560–1615), bishop of Chester, a son of Meredith Lloyd of Carnarvonshire, was born in 1560. He received his early education in Wales, whence he went to Cambridge, and was elected a fellow of Magdalene College. In 1596 he was presented to the living of Llanrwst by Lord Egerton, and was afterwards rector of Heswell-in-Wirrall, Cheshire, and divinity reader in Chester Cathedral. Lloyd was promoted to the bishopric of Sodor and Man in 1600, holding the rectory of Halsall, Lancashire, at the same time. He succeeded Vaughan as bishop of Chester in December 1604, and is said to have treated the nonconforming clergy of his diocese with much leniency, protecting them as much as he could from persecution. He held two livings, Thornton-le-Moors and Bangor (appointed 29 July 1613), in addition to his see. He died at Chester, 1 Aug. 1615, aged 55, and was buried in the cathedral.

[Lansd. MSS. 983, p. 151; Wood's Athenæ Oxon. (Bliss), ii. 843; Willis's Cathedrals, i. 333; Heylyn's A Help to English History, p. 131; Richardson's Godwin, p. 777; History of Chester Cathedral, by a Member of the Cheshire Archæological Society, p. 56; Ormerod's Cheshire, i. 76, 126, 146, 164; Halley's Puritanism of Lancashire, i. 223.]

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