Greenwich, England

Greenwich Hospital in 1750 Copyright Greenwich Maritime Museum

One of the most recognizable buildings in England is the Royal Naval Hospital at Greenwich. Construction began in 1699 and continued for decades. It was here that the one-legged John Lloyd was admitted in March of 1753. First, it was the discovery in the admiralty records now stored at Greenwich of a midshipman with a missing left leg named John Lloyd. Then a cryptic clue was found in a deed book in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, that placed the brother of Owen Lloyd in London at the time of his admission. But it was the discovery of the will of Captain James Lloyd who was the Lieutenant Governor of the Hospital from 1747 to 1761 that proved the connection. Captain Lloyd had previously served with Captain Edward Hawk at the Battle of Toulon in 1744 as Captain of HMS Nassau. In Treasure Island, the one-legged Long John Silver said that he lost his leg serving under the “immortal Hawke.” Captain Lloyd’s will gave many clues into the Lloyd family history. That will was dated, November 13, 1760, exactly ten years after his nephew, Owen Lloyd, buried his treasure at Norman Island, a date remembered today as Treasure Island Day.

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