David Lloyd George: memories from the people who knew him best
Stories of David Lloyd George from some of his earliest supporters in Wales.
Born 17 January 1863 at Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, Lloyd George was a Welsh-speaker and of Welsh descent and upbringing, the first and so far only Welsh politician to hold the office of Prime Minister.
In March 1863 his father William George, who had been a teacher in Manchester and other cities, returned to his native Pembrokeshire because of failing health. He took up farming but died in June 1864 of pneumonia, aged 44. His mother Elizabeth George (1828–96) sold the farm and moved with her children to her native Llanystumdwy, Caernarfonshire, where she lived in Tŷ Newydd with her brother Richard Lloyd (1834–1917)—a shoemaker, minister in the Disciples of Christ, and strong Liberal.
It was in the little village of Llanystumdwy, Caernarfonshire, where David Lloyd George was brought up by his radical uncle, the village cobbler, that Lloyd George’s political career began.
He called it the blackest Tory parish in the land. It was the local squire, a Tory member of Parliament for Caernarvon Boroughs, whom Lloyd George defeated as a Liberal by 18 votes in 1890.
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