Placing William Forster Lloyd in context


There are few historical records extant relating to William Forster Lloyd (1794–1852). It is known that he was the second surviving son of Thomas Lloyd, who was a rector of Aston-sub-Edge, Gloucestershire, but who actually resided at various villages immediately outside West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, before becoming a private tutor of some note (and some calling prior to the rise of the public schools) at nearby Peterley House, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. William F. Lloyd’s elder brother was Charles Lloyd (1784–1829), a tutor in mathematics at Christ Church, Oxford, and, through his influence over Sir Robert Peel (who he prepared for exams), rose rapidly in the church, eventually becoming Regius Professor of Divinity and Canon of Christ Church (1822–1829) and Bishop of Oxford (1827–1829). William F. Lloyd himself seems to have excelled as a child, becoming captain of Westminster in 1811, matriculating to his brother’s college, Christ Church, in 1812, and graduating with first-class honours in mathematics and second-class honours in classics in 1815. He subsequently gained an MA and held posts at Christ Church as a Greek reader (1823) and mathematics lecturer (until the end of 1824). He then fell from view, before gaining the five-year term Drummond Chair in Political Economy (1832–1837), where he delivered lectures, many subsequently published, which some scholars purport to contain theoretical concepts now dominant in the discipline of economics. [Excerpt taken from Authors' final version]



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