Catholic Encyclopedia – Saint John Lloyd

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Welsh priest and martyr, executed at Cardiff, 22 July 1679. He took the missionary oath at Valladolid, 16 October 1649, and was arrested at Mr. Turberville’s house at Penllyne, Glamorganshire, 20 November 1678, and thrown into Cardiff gaol. There he was joined by Father Philip Evans, S.J. This venerable martyr was born in Monmouthshire, 1645, was educated at St-Omer, joined the Society of Jesus, 7 September 1665, and was ordained at Liège and sent on the mission in 1675. He was arrested at Mr. Christopher Turberville’s house at Sker, Glamorganshire, 4 December 1678. Both priests were brought to the bar on Monday, 5 May (not 3 May), 1679, and charged with being priests and coming into the principality contrary to the provisions of 27 Eliz., c. 2. The chief witness against Father Evans was an apostate named Mayne Trott. He was deformed, and had been a dwarf at the Spanish and British Courts, but was at this time in the service of John Arnold of Abergavenny, an indefatigable priest-hunter, who had offered £200 for Father Evans’s arrest. Both were found guilty and put to death.

MLA Citation

  • John Wainewright. “Saint John Lloyd”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. Saints.SQPN.com. 22 July 2013. Web. 1 October 2014. <>