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DEATH OF MR THOMAS LLO, D,…

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DEATH OF MR THOMAS LLO, D, COEDMORE, The death occurred on Thursday o1; last week of Mr Thomas Edward Lloyd, Coedmore, J.P. for Cardiganshire, and at one time representative in the Con- servative interest of the county, at the age of eighty-nine years. Mr Lloyd had been assisting in filling a cart for past- time and had taken a rest when he was seen to fall and was found to have ex- pired. He is described as a benevolent landowner and was much respected in his neighbourhood and by all who knew him. The deceased belonged to one/ of the ancient families of Cardiganshire. The family trace their lineage to Elystan Glodrydd, out settled at Coedmore in the seventeenth century by marriage of Thomas Lloyd with an heiress of the family of _evis who had for many ages possessed the place and were known as the Lewises of Abernantbychan. That family came to Coedmawr by exchanging for it with Rowland Mortimer, the do"- mains of Castell-llwyd, near Laugharne. Mr. Lloyd was the son of the late Mi- Thomas Lloyd ot Coedmore by Charlotte, daughter of the late Captain Longcroft, R.N., who died in 1859, and married in 1850, Clemena Frances, daughter of the late Rev David Daniel and Clemena, daughter of the late Major Lyons, and, secondly, in 1886, Eliza Mary, daughter of the Rev George Bennett, rector of Rede, Suffolk. He was educated at Rugby and, being called to the Bar, at the Middle Temple in 1845, practised at the Chancery Bar. He was a justice of the peace for Cardiganshire and Carmar- thenshire. The deceased did not take prominent part in county affairs at Quarter Ses- sions in the old times when the Teify Squires were supreme and was seldom if ever seen in attendance after the new regime following the transfer of county business to County Councils. In 1874 lie came out as Parliamentary candidate for the representation of Cardiganshire against ivir E. M. Richards of Swansea, the sitting Liberal member, and was re- turned, to the surprise of many, by a majority of 245. It was the first elec- tion after passing of the Ballot Act which it Was thought the farmers of the county would take full advantage of after the experiences of 1868. A sing- ular incident in the election was that six of the ballot boxes, instead of having been sent to Cardigan after the poll, were sent to Aberayron and kept there all night, and was not sent down to the county town until between eight and nine the following morning. One of the boxes, it was alleged, was sent to Aberayron without anyone in charge except the driver and then taken to the Conservative Committee room where it remained all night. It was not likely that it was opened, but it was the opinion of some Liberals that in it was found the only solution of the Liberal defeat in Cardiganshire. Mr Lloyd sat as representative of the county until 1880 when the late Mr Lewis Pugh Pugli of Abermade, who had returned from India, was selected as the Liberal candidate to contest the seat. It will be in the recollection of many of the present generation that the campaign opened by a small meeting of Conserva- tives at the Town Hall, Aberystwyth, which was to be addressed by Mr Lloyd. Mr Pugh, Mr Fryer, and other Liberals happened to be attending a business meeting in arfotlier room in the Town Hall, alio, ascertaining what was going on in the large room, made an incur- sion and so heckled Mr Lloyd that eventually he left the meeting in the hands of his opponents. Mr Pugh also had a- preliminary skirmish at a meeting of the Agricultural Society. Mr Pugh was chairman at the public dinner and when Mr Lloyd, in responding to a toast to the members of Parliament, referred to agricultural depression and proceeded to give his opinions as to the cause of it. Mr Pugh ruled the remarks to be out of order oil the ground that the speaker was introducing politics at an agricul- tural dinner at which politics were de- barred. In the campaign, which fol- lowed Mr Pugh, who was a native of the county, could speak Welsh fluently, and could apply illustrations racy of the soil, carried the constituency with a large majority, after which Mr Lloyd practic- ally dropped out of the political and municipal history of the county.

THE. CELTIC FRINGE.

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