Lloyd Kenyon, lord, a British jurist, born at Gredington, Flintshire, Oct. 5, 1732, died in Bath in 1802. He was the son of a Welsh squire, and after a very imperfect education at a free grammar school was articled to an attorney at Nantwich in Cheshire. Being disappointed in his expectation of becoming a partner in the business of his master, he went to London, entered the Middle Temple, and in 1756 was called to the bar. He attended the courts at Westminster regularly, and went the North Welsh circuit, but at the expiration of ten years was so little advanced in professional repute that he was desirous of taking orders. At this juncture Dunning, who had been his fellow student, and who was now in the enjoyment of a lucrative practice, employed him, and opinions written by Kenyon, which Dunning never read, were signed by the latter as his own. As it gradually became known that Dunning's opinions were prepared by Kenyon, the attorneys began to employ him, and cases soon came to him in large numbers. His rise out of his chamber seclusion was probably in consequence of some useful observations which he made as amicus curiae in the presence of Lord Thurlow, then attorney general, who thereafter promoted his advancement in various ways.

To this powerful friend he owed his appointment to the chief justiceship of Chester. The sneers of Kenyon's rivals at this appointment incited his patron to push his fortunes still further. In 1782 he was made attorney general, and two years after master of the rolls. Finally, on the retirement of Lord Mansfield, he was made by Pitt chief justice of the king's bench, with the title of Lord Kenyon, baron of Gredington. This appointment, which he held until his death, was not popular with the bar, and during his whole judicial career he was disliked for his overbearing disposition, and his irritating and even insolent manners. On the other hand, he was in high favor with the public on account of the rigid impartiality of his decisions. He was deeply learned in the law, and successfully resisted Lord Mansfield's attempts to bring' about a fusion of law and equity. He accumulated by his professional labors a fortune of £300,000. His memoirs are contained in Lord Campbell's "Lives of the Chief Justices." A new life, by his grandson, George J. Kenyon, the design of which is to free the character of Lord Kenyon from the alleged injustice of Lord Campbell, has been published (London, 1873).