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Arthur Lloyd's Brother, Robert Lloyd, 1838 - 1882

And Lizzie Nelson

 

Robert Lloyd was born in 1838, the second child of Horatio Lloyd and Eliza Horncastle. Robert was the older brother of Arthur Lloyd, the celebrated Music Hall performer, and the younger brother of the accomplished comedian Frederick Lloyd. Like his brother Arthur and also Richard Delarue, Robert was also a Music Hall artiste, he performed with his wife Lizzie Nelson in London and the many Provincial Theatres around the Country during the 1860s.

Robert Lloyd and his wife Lizzie Nelson at London's Wilton's Music Hall from  the 18th of June 1865

Above - Robert Lloyd and his wife Lizzie Nelson at London's Wilton's Music Hall from the 18th of June 1865

Poster for Arthur Lloyd's Jack and the Beanstalk at the Queen's Theatre Dublin in 1874 - Click to EnlargeRobert also wrote some of his own songs such as 'Footprints in the Snow' and 'The Jolly Tar', and he and Lizzie had their own music hall act which they performed together regularly, they could also be seen performing together in Arthur Lloyd's Comic Company and were present at the opening of the Queens Theatre of Varieties, Dublin when Arthur Lloyd took a three year lease of the Theatre in 1874.

Right - A Poster for Arthur Lloyd's 'Jack and the Beanstalk' at the Queen's Theatre Dublin in 1874. On the Bill amongst others were Arthur Lloyd, Horatio Lloyd, and Lizzie Nelson - Click to Enlarge.

 

A review in the Glasgow Herald of the 21st of October 1867 reports on one of Arthur Lloyd's Comic Concerts being performed, probably at the City Hall, Glasgow, with Robert Lloyd and Lizzie Nelson also on the Bill.Robert Lloyd was performing throughout the 1860s but in the later years I haven't found much on him performing at all. He did appear at the Theatre Royal Worcester however, on May the 20th 1879, along with his wife Lizzie Nelson, a press cutting from the ERA reads:

MR. ROBERT LLOYD
Specially engaged by F. Macabe, Esq. For COL. O’GRADY.
Miss Lizzie Nelson
ARRAH-NA-POGUE, for Tour
THEATRE ROYAL, WORCESTER, May 20th, 1879

After this nothing comes to light however, and Robert seems to have left the profession, probably due to illness.

Left - A review in the Glasgow Herald of the 21st of October 1867 reports on one of Arthur Lloyd's Comic Concerts being performed, probably at the City Hall, Glasgow, with Robert Lloyd and Lizzie Nelson also on the Bill.

 

Robert Lloyd died on the 8th of December 1881 at the age of just 44, at 9 Rodney Place, New Kent Road, after what was announced in the press as 'a long and painful illness'. A letter in the ERA of the 21st of January 1882 reported on the hardship his family encountered after his death:- 'A Deserving Case. To the Editor of the ERA. Sir - Appeals to public benevolence are becoming so frequent, especially in connection with the stage profession, that I am somewhat reticent in calling attention to the death of Mr Robert Lloyd. The circumstances are so far beyond the ordinary course of events that I think I may justly venture to ask for a little assistance. Mrs Lloyd is left with five children, all too young to earn any money, and as Mr Lloyd was, for some time before his death, a confirmed invalid, dependent to some extent on friends, and the funeral expenses being defrayed in a similar manner, I trust that, amongst his many brother professionals and acquaintances, some few may feel disposed to assist the widow and children. Any subscriptions, however small, will be appreciated and duly acknowledged by Mrs. Dowse, 21, Homestead road, Fulham, S. W., January 12, 1882.' - The ERA, 21st of January 1882.

Archive newspaper reports on this page were kindly sent in by B.F.

This page was begun in November 2012 and is a work in progress. The page will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

 

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