George Allan (antiquary)

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George Allan (1736–1800) was an English antiquary and attorney at Darlington.[1]

Life[edit]

Allan spent much of his youth in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, where he was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield. He became an assiduous collector of manuscripts.[1]

George Allan (left) and William Hutchinson, 1814 engraving by Joseph Collyer the Younger.

Works[edit]

He was the author of several works relating to the history and antiquities of County Durham; he greatly aided William Hutchinson in his History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham.[2][not in citation given] He presented to the Society of Antiquaries of London 26 quarto volumes of a manuscript relating principally to the University of Oxford, which he extracted from the public libraries there. He possessed a printing press, with which he produced several works; among them was a reprint of Robert Hegg's 1626 work, Legend of St Cuthbert.[1]

Family[edit]

Allan married Anne Nicholson, and they had six children. The eldest son George Allan served as Member of Parliament for Durham.[1]

Sources[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1885). "Allan, George". Dictionary of National Biography. 1. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  2. ^ "Blackwell Grange, George Allan". durham.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
Attribution

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainStephen, Leslie, ed. (1885). "Allan, George". Dictionary of National Biography. 1. London: Smith, Elder & Co.