Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Lloyd, John (d.1682)

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LLOYD, JOHN (d. 1682), poet, born in 1644, was son of George Lloyd, rector of Wonston, Hampshire, and brother of Nicholas Lloyd [q. v.] On 13 Nov. 1662 he matriculated from Wadham College, Oxford, of which he was a scholar from 1663 until 1669. He graduated B.A. in 1666, and M.A. on 18 Feb. 1668–9, being instituted vicar of Holyrood, Southampton, 20 May 1675 (Foster, Alumni Oxon. 1500–1714, iii. 926). He died at Southampton on 31 Aug. 1682, when he was succeeded by Roger Farbrother. He was author of ‘Shir ha Shirim, or the Song of Songs; being a Paraphrase upon the most excellent Canticles of Solomon in a Pindarick Poem. To which is annext another late Pindarick Ode, being an Hymn on the Works of the Six Days,’ 8vo, London, 1681–2. It was not until the ‘Paraphrase’ had been surreptitiously printed in 1681 (4to) by a stranger as his own composition that Lloyd published the genuine edition.

[Wood's Athenæ Oxon. (Bliss), iv. 736; Gardiner's Reg. of Wadham Coll. pt. i. p. 245; information from the vicar of Holyrood.]

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