David Lloyd George's 1886 Diary
This diary is from a collection of the papers of William George, David Lloyd George's brother, which was purchased by the library in 1989. This important archive contains over 3000 letters by Lloyd George to his brother, as well as a series of 11 diaries that he kept during the early years of his political career.
The diary from 1886 contains an account of his personal life and his political career. It describes his first public speech - in Blaenau Ffestiniog on 12 February - and describes his political activities and ambitions in some detail. There are also a few interesting references to his courtship of Margaret Owen from Mynydd Ednyfed, Cricieth, who later became his wife.
You can view the catalogue records for the rest of the Lloyd George diaries on NLW Archives and Manucsripts.
David Lloyd George's other diaries
- 1887 Diary, 1887, Jan.-Nov
- 1878 The Diary of the Calvinistic Methodists for 1878, bearing brief entries for July-December, 1878
- 1880 Pocket note-book bearing brief diary notes for the whole of the year, some in shorthand, 1880
- 1881-2 Loose papers bearing diary entries, fairly complete, some in detail, 1881-2
- 1883 Detailed diary entries written on the reverse of a printed voters' list for the county of Merioneth, 1883
- 1884 Detailed diary entries written on the reverse of a printed voters' list for the county of Merioneth. A few of ..., 1884
- 1885 Renshaw's Almanac and Diary, 1885
- 1887 Diary and Memoranda 1887. Very few entries; almost completely blank,
- 1888 The Legal Pocket Book & Calendar 1888 containing brief entries for only a few days,
- 1888 Collins' Pocket Diary for 1888 bearing few entries, 1888
- 1892 Calendar and Diary of the Alliance Assurance Company bearing brief entries from January to July, 1892