Lloyd, Lucy Catherine

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Lloyd, Lucy Catherine

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1834-1914

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Lucy Catherine Lloyd, b. Norberry, Staffordshire, England, 7.11.1834 - d. Mowbray, Cape, 31.8.1914, second eldest daughter of the Rev William Henry Cynric Lloyd and his first wife Lucy Anne Jeffreys. After her mother's death she and her three sisters went to live with her maternal aunt, Caroline Dundas, and was privately educated. When her father was appointed Colonial Chaplain for Natal in 1849 she accompanied him and his second wife and family to Durban.
After her sister Jemima married Wilhelm Bleek in 1862, Lucy Lloyd lived with them in Cape Town and was trained by her brother-in-law to help him with his work, particularly with his Bushman studies, and she proved to be a very able pupil. When Bleek died she was asked to take over some of his duties in the Grey Collection while she also continued her work with the Bushmen for a number of years.
Lucy Lloyd played a leading part in founding the "South African Folklore Society" and also in the establishment of the "Folk-lore Journal" in 1879. During the 1880's she went to England and lived there and on the continent for about 20 years but returned to Cape Town some years after the Anglo-Boer War. Her major publication was "Specimens of Bushman Folklore". In 1912 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Literature by the University of the Cape of Good Hope; the first woman in South Africa to be honoured in this way. She is buried in the Wynberg cemetery.

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