James McGrigor Allan

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James McGrigor Allan (1827, Bristol - 1916, Epsom)[1] was a British anthropologist and writer.


McGrigor was the son of Dr. Colin Allan, at one time chief medical officer of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Jane Gibbon.[2] He opposed women's right to vote and argued that universal suffrage would cause the disruption of domestic ties, the desecration of marriage and the dissolution of the family.[3] He attributed the agitation for equal rights to the problem of the "superfluous women" on account of emigration and the growing objection of middle and upper-class men to marriage.[4]

He was member of the Anthropological Society of London. His younger brother was the poet Peter John Allan.



  • (1857). Ernest Basil.
  • (1858). Grins and Wrinkles.
  • (1862). The Cost of a Coronet.
  • (1862). The Last Days of a Bachelor: An Autobiography.
  • (1863). Nobly False: A Novel.
  • (1864). Father Stirling.
  • (1887). The Wild Curate.
  • (1888). A Lady's Four Perils: A Novel.
  • (1903). Where Lies her Charm?


Selected articles



  1. ^ Troy J. Bassett , James McGrigor Allan (1827–1916) at "The Circulating Library"
  2. ^ Vincent, Thomas B. (1988). “Allan, Peter John,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol. 7, University of Toronto/Université Laval.
  3. ^ McGrigor Allan (1890). Woman Suffrage, Wrong in Principle, and Practice: An Essay. London: Remington & Company, p. 269.
  4. ^ "The Privileges of Both Sexes," Auckland Star, Vol. I, Issue 231, 5 October 1870, p. 2.

Further reading[edit]

  • Rogers, Katharine M. (1966). Troublesome Helpmate: A History of Misogyny in Literature. Seattle: University of Washington Press, pp. 219–21, 225.
  • Theroux, Alexander (1981). "The Misogynist's Library," in Darconville's Cat. New York: Doubleday & Company, pp. 442–451.

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