LLOYD, Fulk (c.1515-?97), of Foxhall in Henllan, Denb.
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Family and Education
b. c.1515, 1st s. of Piers Lloyd of Foxhall by Marged, da. of Robert Salusbury of Llanrwst. m. Mary, da. and h. of William Dacres of Denbigh, 2s. 4da.2
Sheriff, Denb. 1554-5, 1566-7, 1591-2; j.p. 1558/59-d.; commr. tanneries, Denbigh 1574, musters, Denb. 1581.3
The family of Lloyd of Henllan traced its origin to Henry Rossendale of Rossendale, Lancashire, who served during the Edwardian conquest of Wales and married the heiress of Foxhall. The Rossendale family later adopted the surname Lloyd, and many of its members used both names; thus in the pedigree Fulk Lloyd appears as Fulk Lloyd Rossendale, but in the records he is usually called Fulk Lloyd.4
In a chancery bill dating from between 1533 and 1540 Lloyd styled himself ‘of Calais, servant to the right honourable Arthur Plantagenet, Viscount Lisle’, and the complaint, against one Robert Fletcher of Denbigh for wrongful entry into land at Henllan, implies that advantage had been taken of his absence abroad. Lloyd himself said as much in another bill, brought with his wife, against Robert Salusbury (perhaps a kinsman) over a similar trespass on meadow land in the lordship of Denbigh which had descended to Mary Lloyd from her father. Both this and a third complaint of the same nature show that Lloyd’s relations with his ‘cousin’ the steward of Denbigh, John Salusbury I, were not always happy. He probably returned from Calais at the same time as Lisle, for in a case before the court of requests in 1541 no mention is made of his being there. This case concerned the goods of his father-in-law, who had died some 20 years previously. By the custom of the lordship of Denbigh one half of these, amounting to some 1,000 marks, should have passed to Mary Lloyd, but this share had been kept, with the rest of the goods, by the widow.5
Lloyd’s brother Robert was clerk of the works at Denbigh castle. His own public career seems to have begun only in 1554, when he was first returned to the Parliament of November and then pricked sheriff two days after its assembly. The practice of choosing Members as sheriffs, never wholly dispensed with, became more common under Mary, so that it would be wrong to infer from the striking through of Lloyd’s name on the Crown Office list of Members that his election was set aside when he was made sheriff; yet in the absence of the original return there is a residual doubt about his Membership. It was not he, but Richard Lloyd, representing the Montgomery Boroughs, who was absent when the House was called early in January 1555.6
It was as of Foxhall that Lloyd sued out a pardon on the accession of Elizabeth. Nothing has been discovered about his religious outlook, but his long service as a justice of the peace and his two further shrievalties—the last at an advanced age—show that he accommodated himself to the Anglican settlement. He was a patron of Welsh poetry and it is from a lament for him composed by the poet Edward ap Raff and dated 1597 that he is known to have died in or shortly before that year.7
Ref Volumes: 1509-1558
Author: P. S. Edwards
- 1. Huntington Lib. Hastings mss Parl. pprs.
- 2. Date of birth estimated from first reference and career. Dwnn, Vis. Wales, ii. 333; C1/1028/30; Req.2/1/38.
- 3. CPR, 1560-3, p. 446; 1563-6, p. 30; R. Flenley, Cal. Reg. Council, Marches of Wales, 127, 132, 212; E163/14/8.
- 4. Dwnn. ii. 333; J. Williams, Denbigh, 181-8.
- 5. C1/1023/50-53, 1028/30; Req.2/1/38.
- 6. L.A.S. Butler, Denbigh Castle, Town Walls and Friary, Clwyd, 13; Huntington Lib. Hastings mss Parl. pprs.
- 7. CPR, 1558-9, p. 221; HMC Welsh, i(1), 166; ii(2), 483.