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THE DIARY OF GEORGE LLOYD (1642–1718): [Autobiographical Preface]

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 November 2022


An account of the most remarkable passages and alterations of my life, being borne on Sunday May 11 1642 in the parsonage hous in the parlour at Wonston, where I livd and learned of my Father till the yeare 1651 with out any remarkable thing, then we went to Hunton to live where I went to schoole to my father till 1655 then John went to Winton Ma: 14 when my Brother Edward died, I was at home till 1657 then I was at Winton at schoole with Mr Kirby and borded at Mr Fiffelds 20 of November 1658 my Father dyed and I was a little at home and went a little againe to Winton to school till after Easter and was designed to goe to London to be an aprentice but then Richard Cromwell being out and times unsettled I was at home with my Mother till Michaelmas 1659 then went to Crawley to live with Mr Tomlins and stayd till the begining of 1661 a yeare and ½ then came home and was there in order to fitt me for a place for a Justices of the Peace his cleark, but got none till October 1661 then went to Mr May of Coldry and there I lived till February 1666, about 5 yeare then I went to London and first I lodged at Mr Eaglesfields by Warwick house near Chayring Cross at Lady day removed to the Harrow in St Martains Lane, stayd there till after Whitsontide then went to Mr Davis’s in Charles Streete in St James’s and in August 1667 I had the small pox lay there till near Christmas and was at Mr Mays New house in St James’s and took care of his things and was a Month or more in the House, then went from there and lodged in Long Acer about a Month or 6 weeks then by the helpe of Mr Winsloe got a place with Mr Halford at Wellham whither I went in March 1667 at Michaellmas we went to Stockerston and I livd there till Michaellmas 1669 then I went thence in October to live with Mr Cockain my Lord Cullens son at Harborough and boarded at Mr Herrns till Midsomer then Mr Bury bough[t] a house in the Lower end of the Towne and there we stayd till [?Eas]ter 1674 and then we went away [illegible words] at Rushton till [illegible words]

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1 Long Acre, Westminster, which runs from St Martin's Lane to Drury Lane.

2 Welham, Leicestershire, four miles north-east of Market Harborough.

3 Lloyd may have overwritten an ‘8’ here, but either way he means March 1668 in the ‘New Style’.

4 A village about ten miles north-east of Market Harborough.

5 Bottom line very faded and stained.

6 John Templer, DD (d.1693), rector of Balsham, Cambridgeshire, 1654–1693: see Cantabrigienses, Vol. 1, pt. 4, 312; CCEd Person ID: 20475.

7 Perhaps Clement Pope, BA Cantab. 1686/7, and later curate of Braybrooke (just outside Market Harborough), d.1698: see Cantabrigienses, Vol. 1, pt. 3, 380, or a relative of the same name.

8 James Longman, DD (d.1677), rector of Aynho, Northamptonshire. Longman, a Royalist, supposedly gained the living by nefarious means. The living was controlled by Mary, widow of Richard Cartwright, and a Parliamentarian. Longman had her arrested and tortured to force her to grant him the living. He was subsequently deprived of the rectorship by the Parliamentarians and replaced with Robert Wild (ODNB), in turn ejected under the Act of Uniformity in 1662, and Longman was restored. See Susan Ransom, ‘Squire Cartwright and parson Drope’, Cake and Cockhorse, 4 (1969), 67–72; Oxonienses, Vol. 3, 938; CCEd Person ID: 8698.

9 The tight binding of the pages has obscured the end of this word.