William Allen (British politician)

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Not to be confused with William Allan (UK politician).

Sir William James Allen (15 October 1866 – 20 December 1947) was a Northern Irish unionist politician.

The son of Joseph and Catherine Allen, he was educated at Lurgan College.

He was elected to the British House of Commons at a by-election in 1917, as an Irish Unionist Party Member of Parliament (MP) for North Armagh, and retained his seat at the 1918 general election. The constituency was abolished for the 1922 general election, when he was re-elected as a member of the new Ulster Unionist Party for the new Armagh constituency.

He died in 1947 two weeks after being hit by a lorry as he left a tram on the Lisburn Road, Belfast on 5 December. He was 81 and the second oldest MP in the House of Commons. Sir William was buried in Lurgan. He was survived by his second wife Lillah Irene, Lady Allen.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir William Moore
Member of Parliament for North Armagh
Succeeded by
as MP for Armagh
New constituency
made from three existing constituencies
Member of Parliament for Armagh
Succeeded by
James Richard Edwards Harden
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
William Lyons
Sovereign Grand Master of
the Royal Black Preceptory

Succeeded by
Sir Norman Stronge