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Dolobran Annual Gathering - preview

Molly and Geoffrey Braithwaite attended this year’s Meeting in Wales

In 1662 the world, it could be said, was at Charles Lloyd's feet
  • He was twenty-two, the master of a large house (Dolobran Hall near Meifod in mid Wales), had business interests in London, had increased his wealth considerably by developing iron smelting locally, had recently married Elizabeth Lort and had a three-month-old son
  • However, all this was to change by the chance meeting with an itinerant preacher, Richard Davies, who was a recently convinced Quaker
  • Charles Lloyd invited some of those present back to his house and, when news of this reached the authorities, they were summoned to appear before Lord Herbert
  • When they, including Charles Lloyd, refused to swear the Oath of Allegiance and Supremacy they were imprisoned in Welshpool where they suffered appalling conditions and near starvation
  • Elizabeth could not bear being separated from her husband and voluntarily joined him, even though it meant giving up her baby
  • Meanwhile word had reached Charles' younger brother, Thomas, a medical student at Oxford University, who promptly returned to Dolobran
  • After spending several months in prison Charles was praemunired and sentenced to ten years
  • Thomas successfully petitioned the Court that Charles had not been tried and eventually he and Elizabeth were moved to an adjacent empty house where they completed their sentence
  • Following a visit by Margaret Fell, Elizabeth also became convinced

  • Molly and Geoffrey Braithwaite

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