St John Lloyd

St John Lloyd was martyred as a result of the Popish Plot fabricated by Titus Oates, who was himself a former student at the Royal English College in Valladolid.

Born in Brecon, Wales, in around 1630, he was admitted to the college in 1649. Having completed his philosophy and theology studies, he was ordained in June 1653 and was sent to the mission in Wales.

For 24 years he laboured among the Catholics of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire at a time when his brother, Father William Lloyd, was head of the secular clergy in South Wales. Father John's demise was a result of Oates, having been expelled from the college in Valladolid, spreading malicious rumours that Jesuits and others were plotting to kill King Charles II.

Father John and Father William were two of many priests arrested and martyred, both sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered. Father John was martyred on July 22 1679 and canonised by Pope Paul VI in October 1970.