The son of a second master of Westminster School, Robert Lloyd was educated by his father and at Trinity College Cambridge (B.A. 1755, M.A. 1758). At Westminster he knew George Colman the elder, Charles Churchill, Richard Cumberland, and William Cowper; he later returned briefly as an usher. Lloyd reviewed poetry for the Monthly Review and edited the ambitious St. James Magazine (1762-64) which proved an expensive failure. He was friends with Garrick and Wilkes and knew Thomas Warton. He was arrested for debt and died in the Fleet Prison in 1764.
1751The Progress of Envy. A Poem.
1751The Progress of Envy: Preface.
1755Connoisseur No. 67 [On Imitation.]
1756Connoisseur No. 125 [Letter from a Gentleman of Cambridge.]
1760Two Odes. To Oblivion.
1761Prologue, intended to have been spoken at Drury-Lane Theatre, on His Majesty's Birthday, 1761.
1762The Poetry Professors.
1763A Dialogue between the Author and his Friend.
1763An Ode. Secundam Artem.
1763 ca.On Rhyme. A Familiar Epistle to a Friend.
1763Review of Charles Churchill's Prophecy of Famine.
1764The Temple of Favour.
The actor: a poetical epistle. 1760.
Shakespeare: an epistle to Garrick, with an ode to genius. 1760.
The tears and triumphs of Parnassus. 1760.
Two odes [with Colman]. 1760.
Arcadia, or the shepherd's wedding: a dramatic pastoral. 1761.
An epistle to Churchill. 1761.
The St. James magazine [ed. Lloyd]. 1762.
The death of Adam: a tragedy from Klopstock. 1763.
The New-river head: a tale in the manner of C. Denis. 1763.
The capricious lovers: a comic opera. 1764.
Moral tales [Marmontel, trans.] 3 vols, 1764.
Poems, ed. Kenrick. 2 vols, 1774.
Familiar poems. 1804.